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Helena Jackson
Director: AFM Executive Welfare Council

Early background:

  • Helena Jackson was born on the 27th of November 1955 in Cala, previously known as the Transkei, in the Eastern Cape. She attended both primary and high school in Elliot in the Eastern Cape and started living her dream to be a Social Worker in January 1979 at Maranatha Park, Lyndhurst, Johannesburg.    

Path leading to AFM Involvement:

  • After working for the then Barclays National Bank for 2 years, she commenced her studies at the Hugenote College in Wellington (WC) and graduated in 1978, obtaining the BDiac (Baccalaureus Diaconiologiae) Degree.

  • She was appointed as Social Worker at the AFM Executive Council on the 2nd of January 1979 where she worked in the Children’s Home and also with families and communities. In 1985 she became the Statutory Supervisor for the Social Workers of the AFM Executive Welfare Council and in 1989 Supervisor of the Social Workers in the AFM Children’s Home. In April 1989 she became the Principal of the Children’s Home and in 2002 Deputy Director of the AFM Executive Welfare Council.

  • In June 2010 she was appointed as the Director of the AFM Executive Council.

Professional experience:

  • Helena obtained her BDiac degree in 1978 – although largely Theological, the degree also included Social Work subjects, which made it possible for her to enter the Social Work profession. For a period she worked with families in need while having a clear vision to serve children in need. 

  • Helena completed various courses which included a Certificate in Play Therapy from the University of Pretoria as well as 2 Certificates in Child Assessment and Structured Play Therapy from the RP Clinic.

  • Her passion for children in need motivated Helena to develop a model for alternative care in communities which was a radical departure from the institutional care which was accepted by Government. She was also instrumental in formulating the model for inclusion in the new Children’s Act which was implemented in 2010.

Personal background:

  • Helena has been married to Lenn since June 1979 and has two children, Stephen and Belinda-Anne. Both children are married and the family is blessed with a grandson. Helena and her husband lives in Hartbeespoortdam, North West. 

Adv. Sam Tshabalala
Director: AFM National Children’s Ministry

Early background:

  • Adv. Sam Tshabalala was born on the 7th of July 1952 in Potgietersrus. He grew up within the AFM as a youth member of the Ga-Rankuwa Assembly. He entered the ministry in 1973 conducting tent revivals in the then Pretoria District.

  • In 1976-1977 he went on to study at the AFM Central Bible College and pastored in Lynnwood.

Path leading to AFM Involvement:

  • In March 1980 he was ordained as an AFM Pastor. Not long thereafter he joined Christ for All Nations and became the Director of Crusades for Reinhard Bonnke. Having acquired training in Alaska from the Billy Graham Association on how to prepare crusades he then travelled extensively organising crusades for Reinhard Bonnke in South Africa and other African countries until 1985.

  • Thereafter he returned and became the presiding pastor of the Mabopane Assembly until 1994. From 1999 to date he is the presiding pastors of the AFM Bethel Assembly in Jericho, North West.

  • In 1988 he became the National Director of the Sunday School Department of the then African Section of the church until 1993 when the Composite Division was formed comprising of African, Coloured and Indian. He was then elected the National Director of the Composite Division’s Children’s Ministry until 1996. In 1996 when the Composite and Single Divisions united, he was then elected the Director of the National Sunday School Department – which was later changed to be the National Children’s Ministry to date.    

Professional experience:

  • He acquired a diploma from the AFM Central Bible College in 1978. This was followed by an advanced Diploma in Theology in 1988, a BA in Theology, a BLC from the University of Pretoria in 2000, an LLB in 2001, Honours in Human Resource Development in 2002, BTech in Labour Relations Management in 2007 and in 2008 a Masters Degree in Governance and Political Transformation.

  • He was also a lecturer at the Soshanguve Theological Institute from 1991 to 2011 and an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa from 2002 to date.

  • Currently he is also the Chairperson of the AFM National Welfare Board and a member of many other bodies outside the church.      

Personal background:

  • He is married to Matshidiso and blessed with two sons, Rorisang and Thabiso and one daughter, Kgalaletso.

Jacobeth Mahlobo
Chairperson of the AFM’s National Sisters’ Fellowship

Early background:

  • Jacobeth Mahlobo was born on the 25th of June 1956 at Siyathemba, near Balfour North. She attended primary school at Qala-busha in Siyathemba and high school in Chatterson Secondary School (Nigel).
  • She obtained her Diploma in Theology from the Central Bible College (Soshanguve) in 1977.

Path leading to AFM Involvement:

  • After completing her theological training she worked as a Lady worker in AFM Siyathemba Assembly under the supervision of her late father, Pastor Samuel Mapohosha. It was this time that she visited several congregations to minister. She also fulfilled the role of lead singer in the church’s conferences.
  • Jacobeth Mahlobo served as the leader of the local Sisters’ Fellowship in various congregations: Machadodorp (1978-1980), Mabopane (1980-1958), Phuthaditjhaba (1985-1999) and in AFM Soshanguve Hilltop Restoration Centre since 2004.
  • She served as the General Treasurer of the National Sisters’ Fellowship from 2002 to 2009.
  • She has been the Chairperson of the National Sisters’ Fellowship since July 2009.     

Personal background:

She has been married to Pastor MG Mahlobo since 14 July 1978. Currently the live in the Orchards, Pretoria (Akasia).

Pastor Sizwe Mlotshwa
Director: AFM National Youth

Early background:

  • Pastor Sizwe Mlotshwa was born on the 27th of September 1972 at Elandskop, Mafakatini (outside Pietermaritzburg). He attended primary school at Khobongwane Primary School, secondary school at Ngcedomhlophe Secondary School and high school at Mpophomeni High School near Howick. He was born again in 1988.
  • In 1992 he attended the Ntuzuma Technical College where he studied electrical engineering. In 1993-1994 he furthered his studies at the L.C. Johnson College. In 1995 he was employed by Baileys Furniture Manufacturers and in 1997 by Natal Rubber Compounders. 

Path leading to AFM Involvement:

  • It was in 1998 to 2000 when he attended the Covenant Bible College - a satellite of the AFM Auckland Park Seminary. He studied his Diploma in Theology and formally entered the ministry in 2001.
  • Pastor Sizwe Mlotshwa planted the AFM Great Harvest Fellowship Church at Mafakatini in Elandskop with 2008 marking the planting of another church located in Mgwagwa. Pastor Sizwe Mlotshwa started another church in 2012 in Pietermaritzburg (Northdale) and is currently the presiding pastor of Great Harvest Fellowship.

Professional experience:

  • In 2001-2004 he was elected as a Chairperson of the Local Government and Rural Development of the Vulindlela District.
  • In 2010-2011 he was the IEC Outreach Coordinator for the UMgungundlovu District.
  • It was in 2012 that he was elected as National Youth Director by the AFM of South Africa.
  • In 2013 Pastor Sizwe Mlotshwa was also elected as the regional leader of the KZN Midlands Region and the President of the AFM International Youth Department.   

Personal background:

Pastor Sizwe Mlotshwa is married to Nobuhle since 2001. 

Contact the AFM National Office
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PO Box 9450, Centurion, 0046

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AFM stands for "Apostolic Faith Mission" (in Afrikaans: "AGS - Apostoliese Geloofsending"). The AFM exists since 1908 and is the first and largest Pentecostal church in the country - with 1.4 million members in SA and currently established in 29 countries of the world. "Pentecostal" means that it is a church who believes that the Spirit of God is given to believers to live dynamic and overcoming lives. 
 
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