Contributors

Dr Amon Kasambala – Key Note Speaker
Dr. Amon Kasambala is a Zambian by nationality with permanent residence in South Africa. Amon holds a Doctoral of Theology (D.Th.) degree from the University of Stellenbosch and is currently finishing a post-doctoral business degree (MBA). Amon has a deep understanding and extensive experience (more than 20 years) of successes and failures that come with leadership responsibility. These leadership roles include Lecturer at Justo Mwale Theological College, Lusaka and CEO of Focus on the Family, South Africa. He now runs a consultancy agency called GAPS working with businesses to help them make a difference in their leadership and management. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and led a large church when he lived in Zambia. Amon is happily married to his wife Tiba and has two sons, Eddie and Victor. He lives in Hillcrest.

Karen Lombard – Grace Family Church
Karen Lombard is married to Hank and has three beautiful daughters. She has been the Children’s Ministry Director at Grace Family Church for the last eight years and is passionate about serving children’s workers and setting them up to win. She believes that the church needs to partner with families to help children discover who Jesus is and develop a meaningful relationship with him.

Heidi Wit – Principal of Inkanyezi Crèche and Community Care Centre. 
Heidi came from the USA as a young missionary. Being a mother of four and grandmother of two, she is passionate about ‘intentional’ parenting.

Clare Whittaker – Soul Action
Clare moved to South Africa, from England, in January 2012 to join Soul Action as their Children’s and Family Work Coordinator. She brings to this role 15 years experience working with children and families in a number of different contexts and an MA in Children’s and Youth ministry.

Rachel Smither – Key of Hope
Rachel began singing in church when she was 2 years old and has been leading people into worship ever since. Formal training in music theory combined with over 20 years of experience in children’s ministry have helped produce top notch children’s choirs both in the U.S.A. and South Africa. She and her children’s choir from Durban recently returned from a 6 week concert tour in the United States. She is passionate about her faith, her family and her music ministry.

Thabile Cele - Soul Action
Thabile works for Soul Action as an ECD monitor. She brings to this role 2 years experience working in a community crèche and also two years as a volunteer with Soul Action’s Literacy Project, working with small groups of children to improve their English. Thabile also has a small business, managing a stall selling clothes at The Workshop. She has 3 children.

Amanda Ryan - Open Door Assembly
Amanda is a qualified Grade R teacher with 14 years of knowledge and experience working in this field. She is also very involved in her church where she has led the Sunday school for over 20 years. In recent years Mandy has also volunteered with Soul Action’s Literacy programme and Glenridge Church’s High School programme. Mandy is married and has three children.

Kim Day – Educator
Kim has her Masters in Education and is currently teaching grade 6. She has engaged with children in various capacities; at the University childcare centre as a student; babysitting in New York for almost 5 years in her twenties; as a classroom teacher in the primary school and as a mother to 10 year old Madison.  Kim is fascinated by the way children interact with their world. She is particularly interested in the way children of all ages demonstrate that the best way to connect is through relating.

Isobel Sobey – Educator
Isobel is the Media Centre teacher at Manor Gardens Primary School and a member of Westville Presby Church.  She has a passion for children and working with them, which she has done continuously, both formally and informally since she was a teenager

Richard Erasmus – Family Pastor
Richard is the Family Pastor at Westville Baptist Church where he oversees the churches ‘Life@home’ ministry which reflects the desire to experience “life in all its abundance” in the context of home life. He has studied theologically and has over 20 years’ experience of working with children, youth and families within a church setting. He is married with two daughters.

Gabriella Webber – Community Art Counsellor
Gabriella Webber is a qualified Community Art Counsellor and is currently studying Honours in Psychology through UNISA.  She devotes her time and skills to volunteering with various organisations that meet the plight of marginalized and abused children such as ICARE, Lefika La Phodiso and the Big Family Project in Hammarsdale.  As a Learn to Swim Instructor with Swim South Africa, she lends a hand at her local pool coaching children from disadvantaged areas in swimming.  She also is an Assistant Pack Scouter with the 4th Durban St Thomas’s Cub Pack. She attends the Vineyard Church, Morningside and is passionate about introducing children and teens to the Love, Forgiveness and Healing Power of God.  Her vision is to create a free, child friendly Christian Therapy Centre that offers Christ-centered Healing Therapies.

Natalie Naude – Olive Tree Church
Natalie is a wife and mom of three.  She taught at Pre and Junior Primary Level for 10 years before becoming a kid’s church pastor. She currently is involved in Kids Church oversight and leads the Women’s ministry and Faith @ Home at Olive Tree Church.  She is passionate about peoples potential being released, and firmly believes that good volunteer opportunities and a healthy volunteer culture can facilitate this brilliantly.  She loves children and is passionate about doing her part to create a generation of adults who can see and release the great stuff that God has placed in each child they come into contact with.

Richard and Jaci Mun-Gavin – Church of the Good Shepherd
Richard currently serves as the leading elder of COGS church and as Chairman of The Domino Foundation, although his passion is to see all people come to know Jesus and the life we can have in him. Being a father to six incredible kids, he carries a burning desire to see kids anchor their identity in God early in order that they may not waste a day in reaching all that God created them to be.

Jaci, being the mom to these six kids, carries the same passion.  So although being a robotic engineer by training, she has found her greatest purpose in raising a generation that knows how to follow in the ways of God.  This has led her to authoring a book called ‘Purposeful Parenting’ as well as opening a community school called ‘the Leadership Academy.’

About admin

Phil Bowyer is one of the founders of Integral Mission and Soul Action South Africa. He creates space for people who are exploring how to respond to various forms of poverty to connect with one another and God's mission. He is the author of several books on Integral Mission, incl. A Different World, Express Community and The Whole Wide World.