National Office Bearers


Past. R.J. Coertzen (General Treasurer), Past. B. Petersen (Deputy President) Dr H.J. Weideman (President), Past. M.S. Khumalo (General Secretary)

Dr Henri Weideman

Henri Weideman was born in Kimberley on the 15th of August 1962. He matriculated at Diamantveld High School after which he began his studies in Theology at the University of Johannesburg (then RAU) in 1981. Whilst studying at the AFM Theological College in Aucklandpark, he also completed a Bth degree at UNISA in 1986. During this time he worked at the Helen Joseph (then J.G.Strijdom) Academic Hospital to pay for his studies.

He completed a Bth-Hon degree in Practical Theology in 1988. During the time of compulsory military service, he served in the Chaplaincy for two years. He did his practical training at Rondebosch East Assembly and was elected as regional Sunday School treasurer of the then Southern Cape Region.

Henri was ordained in 1986 after which he served in the Bellville assembly in Cape Town as Youth Pastor. In 1989 he was called to Goodwood Assembly as Pastor of their Children and Youth department. He was elected on the Western Cape Regional Youth Committee as a member and later as leader and also served on the National Youth Council.

In 1997 Bellville Assembly called him back as Presiding Pastor. During this time, he was elected as a committee member of the Western Cape Regional Leaders Forum. He completed a M.A. degree at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on the role of Pastors in the development of leaders for ministries in local assemblies in 2004. During this time Bellville Assembly reconstructed a furniture warehouse store into a 1300-seater auditorium.

In 2010 he completed a doctorate (D Litt et Phil) at UJ on strategies to support assembly leaders to address the demands of the current times in ministry. During that time, he was elected as leader of the Missio Dei AFM Network. Henri has a passion for the continuous development of Pastors and leaders. In 2008-2009 he participated in coaching training.

He was appointed as National Coordinator of the Pastoral Continuous Development (PCD) initiative of the AFM in 2013. During 2015 he completed training in Mediation. Whilst being in the Bellville Assembly he was involved in community-based organisations and served on the ward committee of sub council 6 in Cape Town, as well as vice chair of the Governing Board of RAMOT (a centre for the treatment of substance dependency). Henri was elected as the General Secretary of the AFM of SA in 2016 and as Secretary General of the AFM International in Nairobi in 2019. He was elected as President of the AFM of SA on 16 November 2021.

Henri believes in exercise and a healthy lifestyle and has an interest in gardening, growing miniature trees and doing stained-glass work. He is married to Margaret since 1986 and they have a daughter Inge who is married to Kirk Swart. Henri and Margaret lives in Pretoria, Irene.

Past. Barend Petersen
Deputy President

Pastor Barend Petersen ordained in 1995, is the Deputy President of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa and a National Office Bearer since 2012. He was the General Treasurer from 2012 to 2021. He is the Chairman of the AFM Theological College, a member of the Doctrine, Ethics and Liturgy Committee, a member of the Financial Advisory Board and a member of the Governing Body of the Education and Training Department. Pastor Petersen led the team that turned around the financially distressed AFM Welfare department from 2017 to 2022. Pastor Barend represented the AFM at the World Council of Churches’ 11th Assembly in Germany in 2022. He was the Director of the AFM National Youth from 1999 to 2003.

Pastor Barend was honoured and recognised in 2016 as an AFM veteran for his role in the unification of the AFM in 1996. Pastor Petersen initiated the honouring of AFM Pastors with 40 years of service in 2016. Pastor Barend initiated the founding of the AFM Campus Ministries in 2015. He was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the AFM from 1996 to 1999 and from 2005 to 2012. He was the chairman of the Finance Committee of the AFM Composite Church from 1992 to 1996.

Pastor Barend is the former Regional Chairperson of the AFM Western Cape Region and was a member of the Regional Committee for 31 years from 1985 to 2016. He was the Regional Youth Leader (1984 – 1987) and Office Bearer (1980-1991)  of the AFM Western Cape Regional Youth.

Pastor Barend is the presiding pastor of the AFM Blackheath assembly in Cape Town since 2002 with a vision of “…a spiritual home at all times.” The growth in the congregation required the expansion of its facilities. A new 1,000-seater AFM Church was inaugurated on 10 December 2017. One of the focus areas of his ministry is the education of the youth and more than 50 diplomas, degrees and postgraduate degrees have been awarded to members of the AFM Blackheath since 2003. The lack of socio-development facilities, the absence of a public library and the literacy problems experienced by the scholars and students in the Blackheath area led Pastors Barend and Dawn to start the Evergreen Development Trust. A shebeen situated next to the Church, was acquired and demolished and a place of despair was turned in 2010 into a place of hope with a new multi-purpose building, the Evergreen Resource Center housing a private library and various programs for the benefit of learners and the community.

Pastor Petersen grew up in the AFM Ravensmead and actively participated in congregational activities from an early age. He was a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Secretary and Youth Leader, Deacon, Elder and member of the AFM Ravensmead Church Council from 1981 to 2002 and served as co-Pastor from 1995 until 2002. He published the 85-year history of the AFM Ravensmead in 2018.

Pastor Petersen is a member of the Steering Committee of the Mining Faith Reflection Initiative involving the Methodist, Anglican and Catholic churches and the major mining companies. Those involved in the Initiative share a vision for mining to better serve the common good, by enabling those engaged and affected by its activities to lead lives that are fulfilled, just, and reflect human dignity and respect. They do so with regard to both current and future generations. 

Pastor Petersen is a founding member and Chief Facilitator of the Institute of Committed Actions led by the Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa bringing the government, mining industry, labour and civil society together and providing safe space for Courageous Conversations between the parties.

Pastor Barend is a board member of the Indlulamithi South African Scenarios 2030. Indlulamithi South Africa Scenarios 2030 is on a quest to inspire communities, institutions and individuals to influence change and help them make informed long-term decisions and to trigger strategic action. Pastor Petersen a chartered accountant, is a well-respected businessman with a wealth of experience as chairman and director of major companies, including multi-jurisdictional and listed enterprises.

He is married to Dawn an ordained AFM pastor, the Treasurer of the AFM National Sisters Fellowship, co-pastor of AFM Blackheath, Chairperson of the AFM Western Cape Region Women’s Fellowship and a Gospel Singer. They are blessed with three daughters.

Past. Selby Khumalo
General Secretary

Selby was born on the 11th of April 1971 in Marrianhill, in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. He is the third child of the late Mr Stanley Khumalo and Mrs Contance Khumalo. His siblings are two brothers, Maurice, who is late and Aubrey and three sisters, Maureen, who is late, Nonkululeko and Buhle, who is late. Selby is married to Pastor Elizabeth Khumalo (Ratau) on the 5th of April 1997, with three children: Njabulo, Thandeka and Lebogile.

Selby attended primary and high schools in Marrianhill, Dassenhoek and KwaNdengenzi near Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal. He studied at the following Theological Colleges: Cape College of Theology, Central Bible College and Tshwane Theological Seminary. He obtained his 3-year Diploma in Theology in 1994 and his BA in Bible and Theology in 1995. In 2000, he enrolled for an MA-degree in Organisational Leadership through Cornerstone College (Cape Town) in partnership with Eastern University (USA); he completed two Module Courses, Research Methodology and Managing Cultural Diversity. He also completed his National Diploma in Public Administration (NQF 7) in 2014. He has been exposed to numerous short courses in developing his strategic leadership management skills and contributed presentations to various strategic platforms. He is currently studying towards his BTh Honours.

Selby was sworn in as a member of the National Assembly (Parliament) in 2004-2006 and was employed as Chief Director in the KZN Government in the Office of the Premier (2006-2021). As the head of the KZN Provincial Government Religious Affairs (2009 – 2010); he crafted the KZN Faith-Based Operations Strategy, organogram structure and job evaluation requirements.

He was ordained on the 13th of June 1999. He has pastored the following AFM Assemblies: AFM KwaMhlaga (1994-1996), AFM Madadeni (Junior Pastor; 1996-1998) and the AFM Lamontville Assembly (1998-2002). On the 4th of March 2002 he resigned his pastoral status with the AFM and was reinstated on the 15th of March 2015. He is currently the Presiding Pastor of AFM Charisma Outreach Centre in Durban since 2016. In 2001, he planted several branches that later became registered functional AFM Assemblies: Inner City, ILovu, and Yellowwood Park unfolded into Monclair. The Inner City Assembly later produced an additional three (3) branches that are now registered and functional AFM Assemblies.

Selby founded the following enterprises & initiatives: Charisma Centre Building Concept in Durban, Charisma Network Broadcasting Capacity (CNB TV), Charisma Outreach Foundation (NGO) & Charisma Academy NPC. He has also served in various leadership responsibilities. Selby was co-opted and appointed as the AFM Northern Natal Regional Secretary by the Regional Committee in 1997. He was the AFM Durban Central Youth Regional Chairperson (2001-2002) and the AFM eThekwini Unicity Network (Durban Central and Greater Durban Regions) Chairperson (2001-2002); driving the Joshua Generation Operation. 

In October 2017 he was appointed by the National Office Bearers (NOB) as a member of The AFM of SA Presidential Advisory Committee on developing a Social Cohesion Framework. He was elected as General Secretary of the AFM of SA on 16 November 2021.

Past. Rudi Coertzen
General Treasurer

Rudi was born in Vereeniging on 22 September 1960. He is the oldest of four children born to Dolf and Elsje Coertzen. Rudi attended primary- and highschool at Drie Riviere. He started his studies at the University of Johannesburg (RAU) and ministered amongst the students, organising prayer meetings and first year student camps.

While at university he met his wife Ammarentia whom he married on 2 March 1985. He finished his B.A. (Admission) degree and then his B.A. (Hons) before enrolling at the AFM Theological College in 1984. During this time, he worked at Libanon Mine and Roodepoort Durban Deep on a part-time basis to support himself while studying.

His first congregation was Oshakati while he did his conscription where he served two years and ministered to the young men. He was called to Hoedpsruit Assembly and serve them from 1989 to 1990. He was called to Ladysmith (Natal) in 1991. In 1995 he was called to Richardsbay Assembly until he accepted a call to Brakpan-West Assembly in 1999.

During his years of ministry, he was part of the AFM Natal Youth structures as Secretary and later as Chairperson. Many youth conferences were held at Illovo and young people’s lives changed. He was also elected as Vice-Chairperson of the Natal Region in 1994. In 1996 he was elected as Vice- Chairperson of the newly established Zululand Region after unification. In 2008 he was elected as Chairperson of the East Rand Region. Rudi was elected as General Treasurer of the AFM of SA on 16 November 2021.

Rudi and Ammarentia has two children and four grandchildren. He is a keen collector of old Volkswagen Beetles and is a very proud owner of some very rare cars. He also likes taking landscape photos. He likes camping and have traveled to a few very special spots that this country and the world. 

Rudi and Ammarentia lives in Brakpan on the East Rand.