(Director: AFM Executive Welfare Council)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
He is married to Matshidiso and blessed with two sons, Rorisang and Thabiso and one daughter, Kgalaletso.
(Chairperson of the AFM’s National Sisters’ Fellowship)
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.
She has been married to Pastor MG Mahlobo since 14 July 1978. Currently the live in the Orchards, Pretoria (Akasia).
Pastor Moses Mikateko Shingange
(National Youth Department)
Pastor Moses Mikateko Shingange was born on the 16th of August 1980 at Mamitwa outside Tzaneen in Limpopo. He started his primary at N’wa-Jaheni and progressed to Mugwazeni Junior Secondary. He relocated to Nkowankowa Township and continued his education at Progress and DZJ Mthebule. In 1996 he was born again and in 1999 he completed his grade 12 at Bankuna High School.
He went to study further and started working at the Sasol Garage in Tzaneen from 2004 – 2006 as an Assistant Manager. In 2006 – 2007 he worked at Triton Express in Gauteng, Longmeadow and also as Union Official representing members at CCMA in Johannesburg, and Sasol Arkwright at Wynburg.
Path leading to AFM Involvement
He started serving in the Youth Ministry since his teen years. After his Theological Studies he was appointed as a Youth Overseer since 2012 at Tzaneen Sub-Region Youth structure in the Lowveld.
He has been a Deputy Chairperson in the Lowveld Region Youth Leadership since 2013.
He served as a Provincial Coordinator of Limpopo Youth Forum since 2014 to 2017.
On the 22nd July 2017 he was elected as a National Youth Director of the AFM of South Africa.
He was ordained as a pastor since 2012, serving under the supervision of the AFM Fountain of Life under Pastor Shipalana NM (079 705 1424) at the daughter Assembly AFM Trustworthy under Pastor HT (Mabuza) Sen’wana (083 926 3592).
He attended the AFM Bible School at Auckland Park Theological Seminary (ATS) from 2008 – 2011 as an intramural student where he obtained his BTh degree.
He attended the AFM MIL Program in 2011.
He persued his career in the University of Pretoria since 2012 up to date where in 2013 he obtained his degrees in BA Honours and in 2015 MA Theology in Dogmatics and Christian Ethics.
He is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the same University.
He is married to Bonolo Shingange since 16 July 2016.