Pastor Frank Chikane
(President of the AFM International)
Pastor Frank Chikane was born on the 3rd of January 1951 in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. He attended both primary and high school in Soweto.
He entered the ministry at Kagiso, Krugersdorp in 1976.
Path leading to AFM Involvement:
Pastor Frank Chikane grew up in the AFM and became a Sunday School Teacher, a youth leader and a member of the Board of the Assembly. He completed a Diploma in Theology and was ordained as a pastor in 1980.
He served as pastor at the Kagiso Assembly and the Naledi Assemblies. In 1992 he became the president of the Black Section of the AFM of South Africa and in 1993 the president of the Composite Section of the AFM of South Africa. In 1996 he became the first vice-president of the united AFM of South Africa and was a major role player in uniting the black and white sections of the church.
He is currently the president of AFM International which has member churches in 29 countries found in 6 continents of the world.
Pastor Frank Chikane completed his MA in Religious Studies at the University of Natal in 1992 and his MA degree in Public Administration (MPA) with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1995.
He serves as Director of the Institute for Contextual Theology (ICT), General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC), a member of the Independent Electoral Commission (which was responsible for the first non-racial democratic elections in 1994), a Research Officer at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town, Special Advisor to Thabo Mbeki, Director General in the office of the Deputy President and Deputy Secretary of Cabinet, Director-General in the Presidency and Secretary of the Cabinet.
At a political level he was Deputy President of the Soweto Civic Association, Deputy President of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC).
He is also the presiding pastor of the Naledi Assembly in Soweto.
He is an author of a number of books and is engaged in what he calls an “invisible” ministry to some of the leaders in the country, community as well as professional and business leaders.
Pastor Frank Chikane has been married to Kagiso since February 1980 and they have 3 children, Obakeng, Otlile and Rekgotsofetse. He lived in Soweto for most of his life and now resides in Midrand.
Dr Aspher Madziyire
(Deputy President: AFM International)
He was born in 1956 in Manyene area, Chivhu, Zimbabwe.
Path leading to AFM Involvement:
Dr. Aspher Madziyire graduated from Living Waters Theological Seminary in 1987, soon after graduation he served his probationary and assessment period under the then Overseer for Matabeleland Province Dr Enos Manyika, he was then send off to a multi-racial church in an area called North End in Bulawayo where he rose to be the senior Pastor.
He was elected to be an Overseer of the Bulawayo Province He was elected President of AFM in Zimbabwe in 2003.
He is a Chairman of the Council of thirty-one Overseers in Zimbabwe which is called The Apostolic Council and the National Workers Council. He was appointed the Deputy President of AFM International in April 2016.
He is currently serving his fourth term as church President and is the longest serving president-elect in the 100th year history of the church since its establishment in Zimbabwe in 1915.
He acquired a PHD – Upper second class at Calvary University, United Kingdom in 2011, a Masters in Theology from Visions University in 2004 and a BA Theology from Living Waters Theological Seminary from Harare Zimbabwe in 2003.
He is currently serving as AFMI Deputy President. From 2003 to date he is the President of AFM in Zimbabwe. From 2002 to 2008 he was a Church Overseer at AFM in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo. He became a Provincial Secretary of AFM in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo in 1997 to 2002.He was a pastor of AFM in Zimbabwe, North end Assembly, Bulawayo from 1988 until 2002. From 2002-present he is still a Pastor of AFM in Zimbabwe, Grace City Centre Assembly, Bulawayo at International Christian denomination.
He is married to Josephine Madziyire and blessed with five children.
Pastor George Mahlobo
(General Secretaty for AFM International)
Pastor George Mahlobo was born on the 22nd of April 1954 in Vukuzakhe (Volksrust) in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. He attended primary school in Vukuzakhe and high school in Daggakraal in Vryheid.
Path leading to AFM Involvement:
He obtained his diploma in theology from the Central Bible College in 1978 and obtained his Bachelor of Theology degree from the UNISA in 1984.
On the 31st of March 1979 Pastor Mahlobo was ordained as an AFM pastor and has since served as presiding pastor at the following AFM congregations: Machadodorp (1978-1980), Mabopane (1980-1985), Phuthaditjhaba (1985-1999). He was also part of the ministry team at Doxa Deo Inner City Campus (1999-2004) and since 2004 he is serving as presiding pastor of the AFM Soshanguve Hilltop Restoration Centre.
Pastor Mahlobo served on various structures within the AFM and has been the General Secretary since 1996 to date. He has been elected as the Secretary of AFM International in 2013.
Other structures outside the AFM in which he served included: Radio Pulpit Board of Directors (2003-2012), Impact Community Radio Board of Directors (2001 to date), Chairperson of the Security Services Christian Advisory Board (a body that deals with policy relating to Chaplaincies in the Department of Correctional Services), South African National Defence Force and the South African Police Services (2003 to date).
He is married to Jacobeth since July 1978 and resides in Orchards, Akasia (Pretoria).
Pastor Jobe Repent Koosimile
(Treasurer of AFM International)
Rev Koosimile was born on the 20th April 1972 in Molepolole, Botswana. He holds a bachelor of Theology from Tripp Bible Institute (USA) and Bachelor of Theological Studies from Vision International University (USA). He has also done a three year Ministerial Diploma at Central Bible College in South Africa. Reverend Jobe did his Cambridge Overseas Secondary Certificate (COSC) in 1991 in his home village Molepolole, where he grew up. He answered his pastoral call immediately after completion of COSC in 1992.He also did his lower academic levels in Molepolole.
He is the President of The Apostolic Faith Mission in Botswana. He has been the Vice President since March 2001 until June 2013 when he became the Chairperson. Rev Jobe has outstanding leadership qualities and experience in pastoral work and this made the church to entrust him with the responsibility of being a treasurer for AFMI, in Zimbabwe in April 2016.
Previously, he pastored the following assemblies: Bobonong, (from 1995-1998) Mochudi, (1999-2006) Serowe (2008-2012) and Thamaga (2012 to date). He served as a missionary in Republic of Ireland from Jan 2007- April 2008. Rev Koosimile served as a National Youth leader in AFM Botswana from 1997-2002. He has also worked with different Youth Groups like Youth for Christ Botswana. He has also served as the Chairperson of the Mochudi Prison Visiting Committee and Kgatleng District Council Child Welfare Committee.
In September 2015, he was elected to be the National Chairperson of Botswana Christian Aids Intervention Program (BOCAIP) which its aim is to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and teaching Christian morals in the society. In the same year in November, he was elected the Vice President of Evangelical Fellowship of Botswana which oversees the Evangelical Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches in Botswana.
Rev J Koosimile married Monei Rachel Koosimile the 6th of November 1997 and they are blessed with two children a boy Victor and a girl Joy.
He is the third child of Mr Boitswarelo and Mrs Semakaleng Koosimile of Molepolole village, he has four brothers and three sisters.