2019 AFRICA INTENSIVE
We're delighted that you will participate in the 2019 Africa Intensive. This will be your "web home" while you're in Pretoria, South Africa, so please continue checking back here for the latest information.
During the 2019 Africa Intensive you'll take part in seminars led by City to City Africa and Redeemer City to City faculty, and other leaders. On Sundays you'll visit different church plants and have an opportunity to interact with Pretoria pastors. Many Intensives (what CTC calls participants) keep in touch with one another - and us - years after their training is completed.
Everyone at CTC looks forward to meeting you.
The 2019 Africa Intensive will be held at the Union Offices in Pretoria, South Africa.
Each participant of the Intensive is housed in a guest house in Lynnwood, Pretoria for the first 10 days. The guest house is beautiful, clean and close to the City to City Africa offices. Rooms will be shared, all rooms contain kitchenettes, and there are grocery stores within walking distance.
Housing begins: The evening of Saturday, June 1
Housing ends: The morning of Monday, June 10
During the last 5 days, participants will be hosted by local church members.
Hosting begins: The evening of Monday, June 10
Hosting ends: The morning of Saturday, June 15
City to City Africa will cover the costs of church planters individual housing during the Intensive.
I'M AT THE AIRPORT. NOW WHAT?
You will receive an email containing all logistics about our airport transfers and who will welcome you at the airport. Please keep an eye out for this email, as it will contain critical information.
WHO WILL FEED ME?
Breakfasts will be covered by the guest house or your hosts.
We provide lunches during training sessions.
You are responsible for 5 of your dinner meals. On average, you can expect to spend about R100 per day/per person on meals in Pretoria. You can lower this cost if you buy groceries and prepare your own food. The guest house have refrigerators and microwaves.
WHAT TO WEAR?
You will be in Pretoria during the beginning of winter. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 19°C (67°F), whilst at night 3°C (37°F) is normal. Bring cool weather clothes such as jackets, sweaters and long pants /jeans. Visit this site for more detailed information about Pretoria weather.
WHEN IS THE WELCOME ORIENTATION?
Everyone should attend the Welcome Orientation that will take place on Sunday, June 2nd.
You will receive the official schedule at orientation. However for planning purposes, sessions will be held Monday - Saturday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Visits to Pretoria church plants will take place on Sundays.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Please contact Esmé Faling - CTCA Network coordinator - with any additional questions.
You'll meet most of the City to City staff at the Orientation on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
MEET THE PLANTERS
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
I am a professional musician from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I graduated from the School of Commerce at Addis Ababa University and currently studying theology at Evangelical Theological College.
I lead the Alpha program and work with the Missions and Outreach Ministry at International Evangelical Church and plan to help plant Christ Community Church of Addis Ababa in the summer of 2020.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopa
I was born on 14 February 1974 in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.
I am married to my wife, Geiorgis and we have two children named Ruth and Joseph. I joined Theological Colleges and earned my first and second degree from prominent theological colleges found in Addis Ababa. I contributed a lot to the small church which is a mega church now.
After discerning God’s will I left my church following my dream of church planting that models the early church. My first attempt of church planting was not successful due to lack of experience and wrong expectations. This turned my commitment to teaching in colleges, a ministry which I still enjoy.
I continue to work with Yemesihu Tsega Church as partner. We are preparing to plant a church in Addis Ababa called Kazanchis.
My name is Bosco Bukeera and I’m from Kampala, Uganda. I’ve been married to Heidi for 5 years. We have two boys and a third baby due in July: Ezekiel Yiga Bukeera (3 years old) and Eleazar Munson Nsamba Bukeera (19 months old).
I am one of 19 siblings raised by a Roman Catholic mother and an Anglican father.
I joined Word of Life Uganda in 2012, where I was discipled and taught evangelism. Following this, I went on to work with an organisation rescuing children from the streets of Kampala, rehabilitating them and then resettling them into families. During this time my primary role was to disciple these vulnerable children, to offer pastoral counselling, and to act as a father figure to them. Opportunity arose to carry out a period of training in the UK. Firstly, I joined the European Missionary Fellowship School of Biblical Studies just north of London, and after this I worked with two churches as a Ministry Apprentice. I was with Milnrow Evangelical Church in Rochdale (Greater Manchester) and also with Three Bridges Free Church in Crawley (which became our sending church). My family and I came back to Uganda in June of 2018 to prepare to embark on the work of church planting.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the City to City African Intensive, and I’m looking forward to meeting fellow Pastors, learning together and enjoying fellowship.
I was born in Cameroon, to a polygamous family. After my first degree in Environmental Science and Microbiology, I served as a missionary for two years at Elmfield Church in London (UK) as a youth and children’s worker.
During those years, I obtained training in Expository Bible preaching from the Philip project course, a ministry of Friends International.
I returned to my native country Cameroon, serving in teaching and discipleship of young converts in my local church and subsequently serving with Bread for Life international as a Director of Training and Church relations. At BFL, our team has collaborated with local denominations to plant churches in various towns and villages across Cameroon.
We are looking forward to planting a church in Douala, the largest city in Cameroon.
I am also a trained nutritionist and consider this as a tent making arm of what God has called to do.
I'm married to Cynthia and we have been blessed with Purity who is 16 months old. I enjoy playing the acoustic guitar, singing and also discipling youths and young adults.
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
My name is Charles Karuri from Kenya in East Africa. I am married to Jasmine and together we have two boys; Kiptoo and Kibet.
Over the last nine years I have had the privilege of serving the Lord in various pastoral capacities in Nairobi. About this time last year while at a conference my wife and I sensed a clear call to go out as church planters. At first we intended to go back home to the coastal town of Malindi but by and by the Lord has made it clear that he was calling us to Tanzania. We have since relocated to Dar es Salaam and are in the process of preparing to launch the church, Lord willing, at the close of Q3 this year.
This City to City Intensive is a timely opportunity to connect with and learn from other church planters from around the world.
I was born in Ghana, in West Africa.
I joined the full time staff team of Scripture Union to evangelise and disciple teenagers in schools in my early twenties, soon after my graduation from University. I have done this for seventeen years.
Four years ago the Lord enabled me to lead a team to plant a church - “Graceshowers Assembly.” I have been blessed with leaders who equally love Jesus and have the desire to plant churches. We therefore have a huge potential for growth and planting many new churches. I was introduced to City to City last year, what I have learnt so far has been immense blessing to me and the ministries I am involved in.
I am married to Vida, and we have three blessed daughters - Lucy (13), Charis (9), and Lois (5). I fell blessed to be given the opportunity to learn with other church planters.
Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire
Irenee Assoa Tchie, I was born on the 3rd July 1966 , married to Flore Tchie. We have one daughter: Rebecca Tchie.
I am in full time ministry from 2002. I graduated from Ghana Baptist University in Kumasi. I am the associate pastor of house of destiny Abidjan.
My name is Florentin Mpundu, born and raised in Bujumbura, Burundi. I went to University to pursue Finance, but being radically converted my heart was drawn into gospel ministry.
Following a few years at Fuller Seminary I have been back in my hometown struggling as a ‘student church planter’ for the last 7 yrs with the fine people of Pilgrims Chapel.
I am married with 2 kids, and another one on the way (God willing).
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, I studied in New Zealand, and began working in London. A few years later I gave up my job for an Associateship at St Helen’s Bishopsgate, before moving to Johannesburg to serve in a local church. The Lord then saw it right to move us to Australia and have me further equipped theologically before bringing us back to Zimbabwean soil.
I am married to Jessie (also Zimbabwean), father to Harriet and Finlay, and master to two Weims. I like to think I can find my way around the braai, pretty sure I have been called to evangelise coffee baristas, and a proper holiday includes sand, sea and sun.
I long for the Lord Jesus to return soon and in the meantime hopes to use this life for the sake of the gospel in Zimbabwe, which at least in part involves helping a local church in Bulawayo plant another church in Bulawayo, God willing. Please pray for us.
The love for Kingdom service, however grew so strong in my heart, and led me to enrolling at the International Ministers Fellowship (IMF) Bible School in Paynesville, where I graduated with a Certificate in Biblical Foundational Studies in 2015.
I currently worship at the Mission Bethel Central Church in Paynesville where I am undergoing missionary training for church planting. It is my hope to be a part of this year's Intensive for more knowledge on Kingdom expansion.
Apart from my spiritual engagement, I hold an Associate Degree in Education with emphasis in Social Studies from the LICOSESS Teacher Training College in Paynesville, and also, I am a senior student, Department of General Forestry - University of Liberia.
I grew up in a family of 8 children and I'm sixth.
Since 2004, I have been responsible for a church in the north of the country. This church grew rapidly to reach 500 people in 5 years.
Since 2009, I have started the implementation of other new churches. To date, I have planted 5 churches. Through the grace of God, my passion is to always continue to start other, new churches in the country and even outside of my country.
I'm married to a beautiful woman and we have three young boys.
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
At the age of 18 I became the leader of evangelism within the Protestant Church of the military camp in which my family lived. After military camp, I worked for 4 years as an evangelist in a church of the Community of the Assemblies of God in the DRC.
I went to the Bible Institute for 3 years for a training in practical theology to establish my knowledge in the Word of God. After that, I did a short training at the Campus for Christ regarding evangelism and church planting. I was ordained to the pastoral ministry in 2012 in an Evangelical Church.
With the help of some friends, we founded the "Centre Missionnaire la Perle" (CMPE) on March 15, 2015 in Kinshasa, with the wish to build disciples sitting in the Word, but who are mainly evangelization their supreme task.
I have been married to Myriam for almost 5 years, and we have two children, Ezra and Emmanuella.
My name is Peter Kamau, married to Rosemary Wambui and expecting our firstborn this September. I was born and raised in Kenya and currently live in Kikuyu which is on the outskirts of Nairobi working for iServe Africa training apprentices in Bible handling skills.
After completing Actuarial Science degree I joined apprenticeship programme in iServe Africa a Christian organisation championing faithful Bible teaching and servant leadership in Kenya where I was placed in a church in the Northern part of Kenya. I did another year and went to further training at Cornhill Training Course London.
I returned home passionate to see more people equipped with Bible handling skills and to support local Church plant. We are currently part of a new church plant (Gracepoint Church) where I serve both as deacon and leader of a small growth group. We are looking forward to planting a church in one of the suburbs near Nairobi along Waiyaki way through Gracepoint Church, my passion is to plant a Gospel centred church that reaches the locals with the gospel and that seeks to plant many other sound churches.
I am excited for the opportunity to attend Intensive 2019 and I look forward to learning and getting prepared for church planting.
Rhynhardt de Bruin
Pretoria, South Africa
Rhynhardt and Janine grew up in Nelspruit, South-Africa and moved to Pretoria in 2006 for tertiary studies. Rhynhardt completed his Honours degree in Theology at the University of Pretoria in 2010. It was during this time that Janine and Rhynhardt met.
In 2011 he joined a new church plant called LIG.punt, planted by Johan Verster and Tobie Meyer. In 2012 he started an Apprenticeship at LIG.punt church and married Janine. In 2014, Rhynhardt took on the role of Associate Pastor, focusing on students and Leadership development. Both Rhynhardt and Janine have a passion to reach the next generation for Christ and to see the transforming work of the Gospel in their city of Pretoria.
In the winter of 2017/18 they had the privilege of joining a Global Church Planting Residency program at Neopolis in Chicago and there they got the vision of planting a multicultural church in Pretoria that would reflect the diversity of the community.
Rhynhardt is busy with a church planting residency and is looking to plant early 2020 in Pretoria East. They have a new addition to their family; their daughter, Iris was born in February 2019.
I am married to Soafara and God gave us the great privilege to be the parents of Ethan, born the 31st of January 2019.
At the age of 29, I went back to high school and I graduated. I have then decided to study theology at the ISTE (Institut Supérieur de Théologie Evangélique) from 2011 to 2015, but because of financial issues, I had to stop and find a work. It was hard for me to spend my time in an office despite of all those years spent studying theology. I was serving the Lord where I was, but I knew I could do more and I wanted to do more.
Since I have a passion for apologetics, sharing the gospel, discussing with atheists about faith and science, I have started combining my job with the core module of RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministry) in 2018, and completed it in February 2019. Right after that, my friend Voahangy contacted me and shared with me her project of planting a church, stating that she was looking for a pastor and wanted to help the pastor’s family financially. That was such very good news to me, I was so happy. I quit my job and here I am, ready to learn in order to be more equipped for church planting.
My name is Simon Patilo Balibwa from Dodoma Tanzania; After many years of prayer and training, it has pleased God that I get involved with Church planting in Tanzania. I am planting a Biblical Church in Dodoma (Dodoma Reformed Baptist Church) as a missionary of Lusaka Baptist Church from Lusaka, Zambia. The Church is few months old, we started in November 2018.
I am not married but looking forward to get married soon, God wiling by this or next year, (I have a fiancé named Dina Daudi).
Tanzania is one of the countries that need to be combated with the Gospel of Jesus Christ; the major advantage is that we can preach Gospel with less restrictions and boundaries abiding to the country laws. We ask that you continue to pray for this new Church plant and the communities we are reaching out to.
Johannesburg, South Africa
My name is Thapelo Mpai I was born and raised in a township outside of Johannesburg called Tembisa, which is the second largest township in South Africa. Having professed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ at the tender age of 10, I sensed a call to ministry and it is in that same period that I became involved in various aspects of church ministry from leading home groups to Sunday school for kids and Saturday Bible clubs at local primary schools.
I am married to Grace and we have a beautiful baby girl named Morongwa (2). After working in the Insurance Industry for a few years, my burden for ministry became more intense.
I went to do my theological studies at the London Seminary. I also served as an elder at Birchleigh Baptist in Kempton Park. I am currently serving as a church planting resident at Rooted Fellowship in Pretoria, with the hope of co-planting a church in the East of Johannesburg.
I was born in London, England as the fourth of four boys- all born within five years- and so understandably, grew up with quite a lot of adventure and intensity! From when I was four, my family moved back to Ibadan in my native Nigeria, where I spent most of my childhood.
In 2014, I felt led to gather a few people and began casting vision for the planting of Sycamore Church in Ibadan, Nigeria.
I studied Law at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and was called to the Nigeria Bar in 2010.
Some of my greatest privileges in life include calling Adebola my wife calling Jesuforebomi Shawna my daughter, and calling Mosas’ore Jesu Jentezen my son.
When I get time off from Church and family life, I love to play tennis and soccer, and I'm hoping strongly for Liverpool FC, the team I support, to win the league this year!
AFRICA trainers and leaders
Benjamin W. Suah
I am Benjamin W. Suah happily married to Charlene Dagoseh Suah, a father of three biological children, and two foster daughters. Together we serve the Mission Bethel Central Church Paynesville Liberia and vulnerable children in slum communities across Liberia.
I currently serve as the Lead Pastor of the Mission Bethel Central Church and Acting Secretary General of Mission Bethel Ministry under the General Leadership of Rev. P. Claudius Deah Sr. The Ministry is involved with Church Planting in West African States and the training of Gospel Ministers.
Besides my theological study I also studied Sociology and Public Administration at the University of Liberia. Currently I am admitted in the Graduate school reading Public Administration and Development policy.
I am a Christian man born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. God has providentially put people around me to disciple me and help me to grow in obedience to His Word. I have Anglican roots and I am part of a Baptist Church -- Berea Baptist Church where I serve.
I am involved in ministry with Living Word Uganda, a Christian organisation that works alongside local churches to equip young men and women in university, with tools of faithful Bible handling. I am the Missions and Ministry coordinator at Living Word Uganda which puts me in charge of writing teaching materials and heading a six months long Bible training program called the Apprentice Ministry Training for gifted and called men and women.
I am passionate about discipleship and expository preaching. I plan on continuing in a pastoral role, planting churches and continuing to help other people to know the Lord Jesus Christ and prepare for ministry.
I am an avid consumer of tea and coffee. I like traveling, listening to and making music, and spending time with friends and family. I write software to keep the geek in me alive and to bring balance to the force.
Dennis Kilama is my name, I am married to Yvonne Nabwire Kilama. God has blessed us with two children. Kimara (7 years) and Kigen (4 years). We have been married for the past 10 years.
My call to ministry was one step at a time, one day at a time. First as a Social Work student at Makerere University, then later as a seminary student at Nairobi Evangelical School of Theology and a call to ordination in the Baptist Church.
For the past eight years, I have served as the Pastor of Lugogo Baptist Church, a church in the city of Kampala. Kampala is a fast growing city with great opportunities for planting bible believing, bible teaching churches. As a local church family we are involved in several church planting initiatives and are currently in the midst of planting a church in an area with a fast growing population sandwiched between the two largest Muslim communities around the city.
Shortly after the commencement of my university education, the Lord gave me a deeper thirst for Christ, his word and his Gospel. I served in a number of leadership positions in Christian groups during my university and post-graduate studies. The glory of God in the Gospel increasingly captivated me, and I longed to see a community of believers centred on this great Gospel who were living out its implications for all of their lives.
In 2018, after nearly 5 years of working as a lawyer, I joined the staff of City Church, Lagos, Nigeria where I am serving as the Communities and Counselling Minister in addition to training for pastoral ministry and church planting.
I am the privileged husband of Oluwapelumi, my truly better two-thirds (not half!), and the mostly-doting father of Jesudimimu (JD), our sixteen-month-old son.
Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire
I studied French at the Ghana Institute of Languages and the Alliance Française respectively. I read French from 1980 - 1985 and obtained Diplome de lanque française at the Alliance Française and there after completed a two year diploma programme in Christian ministry at Maranatha Bible College, in Accra, Ghana.
I became pastor of Liberty Baptist Church under the auspices of the Ghana Baptist Convention.
Two years later I got married. God has blessed me and Georgel my dear wife with 4 children; Sovereigna, 28, Louange 23, Georges Jnr 20 and Kenneth 12.
I went to Asia Theological Centre for Evangelism and Missions (ATCEM) in Singapore for a specialised course on church growth and missions.
I hold an Executive Masters in Governance and Leadership at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
In December 2004, the Lord led me to plant a mission-oriented church by the name of LA MAISON DE LA DESTINÉE. LA MAISON DE LA DESTINÉE which is headquartered in Abidjan has many campuses in the city and beyond the borders of the Ivory Coast, especially in Togo, Morocco, France and Canada.
I provide leadership oversight to many young pastors in the Francophone world.
I am Temidayo Adeyemi, born in a village in the north central region of Nigeria, but grew up in Lagos. I am happily married to the amazing Funmilayo who I am deeply in love with.
I practised law in Lagos until recently, when the desire to see a gospel centered renewal of the city of Lagos led me to start working with City Church’s initiative called RENEW which seeks to recruit, train and mobilise church planters.
I am passionate about working to recruit, equip, train and support church planters who will plant healthy gospel centered churches, particularly in Lagos.
I am Thomas N.T.C Ammah. I am married to Stella and we are blessed with three children. I am an ordained minister of the Ghana Baptist Convention. I have been involved in leadership training and teaching in various Bible Schools and Seminaries for the past twenty five years.
I have been involved in Evangelism and Missions since 1976. I am the National Director of Evangelism and Missions of the Ghana Baptist Convention, which is the largest Baptist denomination in Ghana with over 2,000 churches.
I also served as a lecturer and coordinator of Distant Theological Education for The Northern Ghana Baptist Theological Seminary. I serve as National Coordinator of the Ghana Baptist School of Ministry, that train lay leaders for Church Planting and Pastoral ministries.