Pastoral Couple Main responsibilities:
To provide spiritual leadership: To Preach the Gospel & lead members to so trust and love God that they desire to serve Him; to lead members to love one another and their neighbours
To provide pastoral leadership: To lead & train deacons in caring visitation of members; to council members/others in times of crisis
To provide outreach leadership: To train, organize & lead members to be missional; to plan regular outreach emphasis
To provide administrative leadership: To serve as chairman of the church council and to manage the programs and staff of the church

Number of years in Leadership: 7 years

Originally from: Ottery, Cape Town

Family information: Married to Bernadette since 2004 and we have 1 daughter – Sadie, 5 years old. My parents, Patrick & Retha, were the Pastoral couple of OBC for 26 years. My sister, Cindy & her husband Grant, with their daughter Mimi-Rose, live in Goedemoed where they serve the Lord in the local Baptist Church.

Fun Fact: Plays 7 different musical instruments (Jack of all…master of none), I’m the Cook & baker in the Thomas residence. I use every pot and pan available, but clean none.

Ernest & Edith joined Ottery Baptist Church in 2006 and have been a great blessing to the Church family. They have years of experience in Christian ministry and we have learnt much from their wisdom. Ernest & Edith have been involved with our outreach ministries for many years, where they have preached to and fed the homeless on a weekly basis without fail. Ernest is a great expounder of the word of God and constantly encourages the leaders and members in their Christian walk.

When Evaristus joined Ottery Baptist Church he could hardly speak a word of english. He became a member in 2008 and has since completed his Bible studies at The Pat Kelly Bible College. Evaristus has a passion for sharing the Gospel and has planted a church in the Youth Centre where he and his wife Privalege minister to the families within the centre as well as a few families from Zimbabwe and other neighbouring countries. Together they now run Messengers of Hope ministries.

Main Responsibilities: Minutes of meetings, weekly bulletin, weekly announcements, church shopping, scripture readings sent daily, managing prayer requests, record, edit & upload weekly sermons, assist with AV, welcoming service attendees.

Number of years in Leadership: 3 and a half years

Originally from: Ottery

Family Information: Married to Alfredo since 1987 and we have 2 adult sons; Rei 30 & Chris 27. I have a lovely big family here at OBC.

Fun Fact: I enjoy gadgets & technology as well as cake decorating, although I’m still an amateur.

Main Responsibilities: Door duty, greeting members & welcoming visitors, Greeting Cards, for birthdays & anniversaries

Number of years in Leadership: 3 and a half years

Originally from: Ottery

 Family Information: Single mom of three beautiful girls and grandmother of two.

Fun Fact: Love to read & be outdoors

Main Responsibilities: Deacon, Worship Leader, Mens Group Assistant Coordinator.

Number of years in Leadership: 12 years

Originally from: Grassy Park born and raised

Family Information: Husband to Amber Lauren Fenton and father of (Oden Son, PS stole this from Thor) Tyler Fenton.

Fun Fact: Husband to Amber Lauren Fenton and father of (Oden Son, PS stole this from Thor) Tyler Fenton

Main Responsibilities: Admin secretary ‐ I do for the glory of God

Number of years in Leadership: 10 months

Originally from: Grassy Park

Family Information: Single and blessed with a huge church family.

Fun Fact: Reading, I love people, talking, gospel music, decor. My friends say I can turn R20 into R200.