From left to right:
Past. B. Petersen (General Treasurer), Dr. J. J. La Poorta (Deputy President), Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President), Dr. H.J. Weideman (General Secretary)
Past. M.G. Mahlobo
Dr. Japie La Poorta
Dr. La Poorta was born in Digathole, Germiston on the 15th of May 1954. He attended Germiston Secondary School up to Grade 7, completed Grade 8 at the Francois Visser School, Grade 9 and Grade 10 at the Faure School for Boys and his matriculation through correspondence studies. He entered the ministry in Kakamas in 1976. After Dr. La Poorta completed his Diploma in Theology at the Sarepta Theological College, he pastored the assembly of Upington. He went on to complete the BTh and Honours BTh Degrees through the University of South Africa. In 1988 he completed the MA Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Cape Town and in 1996 Dr. La Poorta received his doctorate in Theology from the University of the Western Cape. During 1985 he was elected as General Secretary of the then Coloured Section of the AFM. In 1990 he was elected as Moderator of the same and in 1994 he was elected as Deputy President of the Composite Section (Africans, Coloureds & Indians) of the AFM of SA. 1996 marked his election as Youth Director of the Youth of the United AFM and in 1999 he was elected as Deputy President of the AFM – a position he still holds. Dr. La Poorta played a significant role in the unification of the AFM, first as a catalyst between the former African, Coloured and Indian Sections and later between the Composite (Black) and Single (White) sections of the AFM. He was a National Executive Council Member of the South African Council of Churches, the Chairperson of the Evangelical Association of South Africa and a member of the International Dialogue between Roman Catholics and Pentecostals. Currently he is a member of the Joint Consultative Group that consists of Pentecostals globally. Japie has been married to Susan since 1977 and they have four children, Althea, Susan Jnr., Jacqueline and Shelton. They live in Highbury, Kuils River, Cape Town.
Dr. H.J. 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 organizations 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 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. Henri and Margaret will relocate to Pretoria.
Pastor Barend Petersen was born on the 21st of March in 1960. He grew up in Ravensmead AFM and actively participated in the activities of the congregation from an early aged. Barend was educated in the Western Cape and studied through the University of South Africa where he obtained his B.Compt (Hons) Degree. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995. He was a member of the church council from 1981 to 2002 and served as co-pastor from 1995 until 2002. Since 1979 he was tasked with various ministries within the AFM including Youth Leader, Regional Youth Leader, Elder, Regional Treasurer, Deputy Regional Chairperson, National Youth Director and Chairman of the National Finance Advisory Board. In September 2012 he was elected as General Treasurer of the AFM of SA and is also the presiding pastor of the AFM Blackheath and Chairman of the Western Cape AFM Region. As a Director of several companies Barend has broad international business experience in the mining, oil and energy industries, finance, auditing, stakeholder management, business turnarounds, corporate recovery, consulting and corporate governance.