This assembly is an important one! Not only will we be making important decisions that will affect the future of the union, but we will be inspiring, equipping and encouraging you – the pastor who will take your church into the next season.
We’re not waiting until October to get together to work out some of the details and be inspired. join us for monthly webinars between now and the Assembly
Miss a webinar live? Click the dropdown menu to watch it on youtube
We officially launched the Baptist Union Assembly for 2021 during a live webinar on the 1st of July 2021. If you missed the webinar, click below to watch it now.
Watch as Prof Martin Pohlmann and Riaan Niemand speak about the Statement of Faith, and answer some viewer questions.
The finances of our Union is are a critical component of our ministry. In this webinar, Garth Coppin and Gary Tamblyn will bring clarity to some of the questions many pastors have regarding the financial position of the Union.
There are some legal and practical ramifications to the structure that was voted in at the 2017 Assembly. Join us as we bring some clarity and direction to the future structure of the Baptist Union.
Your time and resources are valuable, and there are many things requiring your attention right now. Why should the 2021 Assembly be on your priority list?
Can’t make it to Pretoria? For the first time ever, the Assembly will be a Hybrid event. Get your team together and join us online.
Greg came to faith in Jesus Christ in 1978 and almost immediately sensed the call of God to Pastoral Ministry, graduating with a Licentiate in Theology in 1986. Greg has served at Springwood Baptist, pioneered Beacon Valley Baptist, pastored at Westend Baptist and is now in his 16th year of ministry at Athlone Baptist with his wife Ursula. Greg serves as one of the Directors at Cape Town Baptist Seminary and also the local Chairperson of the Hidden Treasure Ministry in Athlone. Greg and Ursula have been blessed with a wonderful family that is actively involved in Baptist Ministry. Ursula was SABWD President in 1996 / 97 and their daughter Yolanda Ford was SABWD President in 2016 / 17. Their son, John, just completed his diploma in computer science. They are blessed with two wonderful young adult granddaughters. Their son-in-law Dean Ford is now the pastor of Beacon Valley Baptist Church. Greg served the Union as Vice-President in 2018 and was inducted as President in 2019. He now serves as President and Interim National Ministry Leader and is the Interim Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Cape Town Baptist Seminary.
Colin Diesel is pastor of Troyeville Baptist and interim National Administrator of the Baptist Union. Before being called into the pastoral ministry Colin completed a BCom and worked for a number of years in the retail industry. In 1999 he commenced studies at the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa. After graduating he has served a number of churches - and in the past 12 years he has ministered to the Baptist Church of Troyeville. He is married to Liesl, and they have one son - John. Colin has a deep love for Christ and his Church, especially churches in the inner city environment.
Riaan Niemand has been eagerly involved in ministry since he was a teenager. He started in full time ministry at Krugersdorp Baptist Church in Jan 1987 the same time that he started studying at the Baptist Theological College. He served as youth pastor there until his graduation in 1990 where after he was called to Cape Town. In 1991 He and his family moved as he served as the Youth and Young Adults Pastor at Durbanville Baptist Church. In 1997 after a blessed time of ministry in Cape Town, Riaan was called to Pretoria to serve as the Associate Pastor at Central Baptist church. He served in this role for two years until he was called to be the leading pastor of their church plant Eastside Community Church, in December of 1998. He has remained the Senior pastor of this church for almost 22 years and looks forward to seeing what God will continue to do in years to come. This December he will have served for 35 years in full time ministry. He has been married for 35 years to his wife Debbie, who has supported prayerfully by his side throughout his ministry. He has two married daughters and a grandchild whom he loves to spend time with. Riaan has always been passionate about young people and their development within the church and looks forward to seeing how God uses churches around the globe to raise up Godly leaders.
Mark started his ministry at Quigney Baptist Church in East London in 2001, where he was very instrumental in the organising of the PROGRESS conferences hosted by QBC annually. He moved to Eastside in 2011 where he has overseen the worship and creative department, and more recently stepped into the role of executive pastor managing the administrative functions of the shared services area of the church. He is married to Tammy, a headmistress, and father to Seth (8) and Nate (3).
Date: 3 October – 6 October 2021
Time: See Daily Schedule
Location: Eastside Community Church, 850 Road, Moreletapark, Pretoria