Meet the team

Pastors

Pastor Gavin Wood
Senior Pastor

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Senior Pastor’s Message

I have been the senior pastor at Northcliff Union Church for over a decade and I thank God for His goodness!

I encourage you and your family to visit our Church. Northcliff Union is a place where people are able to meet together, learn from the Word of God, and worship Jesus Christ on common ground – in spite of different backgrounds!  Established in 1952, Northcliff Union Church has become a spiritual home for people in Northcliff and surrounding areas.

As a union church, we are inter-denominational, independent and evangelical.  We hope you will find all the information you need to know about Northcliff Union Church and we encourage you to visit us. I hope to meet you in person at one of our Sunday services soon.

Ian oversees our Care Ministry which is a key part of our DNA at Northcliff. This includes visitation, counselling, marriage preparation, food parcels, funerals and the Grief Share program, the prayer ministry and our important home groups. Our church is committed to targeted ministry to those battling with life’s burdens, as well as the impact on families.

Pastor Ian Fraser
Pastor of Care and Community

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Pastor Glen Thompson
Pastor of Worship & Christian Education

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Glen’s portfolio is Worship and Christian Education. This ranges from praise & worship offerings at all 3 services plus special events, overseeing the teams and building new talent. On the Education side, he oversees the programs we have in place to enhance our members’ spiritual health, from new member programs to the advanced Christian Life College courses, as well as seminars and our popular Hot Potato evenings.

Keith oversees all our programs targeting the under 35 groups. These incorporate Friday evening programs for kids and teens, Children’s Church and Teen Church on Sundays, Young Adults groups and our evening services. Northcliff Union’s focus on the next generation starts with a Cradle Roll during pregnancy and extends to a Nursery and Toddler facility, with age-specific programs into adulthood.

Pastor Keith Westberg
Youth Pastor

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Elders & Deacons

Front row (left to right) – ELDERS
Keith Westberg, Glen Thompson, Danny Mwitanti, Gavin Wood, Vernon Wessels, Kenneth McPherson, Steve Smith, Ian Fraser

Back row (left to right) – DEACONS
Andy Johnston, Hannah Scalco, Fabion Nell, Brett Le Roux, Sharon Lynch, Johann Combrink, Graham Anderson, Warren Diamandis, Brett Beaumont

  • Senior Pastor:  Gavin Wood
  • Pastor of Care and Community: Ian Fraser
  • Pastor of Worship & Christian Education: Glen Thompson
  • Youth Pastor:  Keith Westberg
  • Elders:  (Our Elders and Deacons are nominated and voted for by the members, according to the Biblical qualities described in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1)

    Gavin Wood
    Ian Fraser
    Glen Thompson
    Keith Westberg
    Steve Smith
    Vernon Wessels
    Kenneth McPherson
    Danny Mwitanti
  • Deacons:
    Graham Anderson
    Brett Beaumont
    Johann Combrink
    Warren Diamandis
    Brett le Roux
    Sharon Lynch
    Fabion Nell
    Hannah Scalco
    Andrew Johnston

Children’s Worker

Warren Diamandis

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Warren has served in Children’s ministries at Scripture Union, Rosebank Union Church and for 3 years at Christian Summer Camps in the USA. He oversees all Children’s ministries at Northcliff Union Church, including IMPACT on Fridays, supervised homework during the week, and Children’s Church on Sundays.

Interns

As part of our strategy to help develop a new generation of pastors and Christian workers, Northcliff Union Church sponsors a number of young people through their studies at Theological College.

This support entails financial assistance with their academic studies as well as monthly living costs. In addition, our supported interns serve part-time with us, to gain practical exposure to ministry in various fields.

Stanton Jogannah

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Stanton Jogannah, who has previously studied at the International College of Bible Missions. He has also served as Youth Pastor at the Buccleuch Community Church for 4 years, and now concentrating specifically in the field of church planting.

His focus is on planting churches among unreached people groups, rather than “franchising” the suburban model from Northcliff Union Church into different communities.

Nkululeko “Jojo” Xaba grew up in Sharpeville and has a 3 year qualification as a boiler-maker under his belt, so he understands the real world.

He spends a lot of his time with youth and teen groups, and has been on various mission outreaches. Jojo teaches on Sunday mornings, and is also part of our leadership team for evening services.

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Nathan Reyeneke

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Nathan’s internship at Northcliff Union sees him focusing especially on the Worship ministry, where he is both a drummer and guitarist. He also serves with the Youth, particularly at our popular Holiday Club.

With a passion for missions and community, Nathan has served at 3-D Outreach for 3 years, gaining an enormous amount of experience in the field, building relationships and researching needs. He has visited 8 countries including Ghana, Australia and our regional neighbours – his hobbies include drums, photography and wood turning.

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