About  us

The Committee and Coordinators

Brian Kohler

Brian, married to Inky and a member of the Randburg Methodist Church having served as a Society Steward, Youth Commission Chairman and Sunday School Teacher for some twenty five years. Brian joined Lay Witness Mission in 1976 as a result of the first visit to South Africa by Lay Witness USA. He joined the Committee and has Coordinated missions to all parts of South Africa. In 2000 he became Chairman of the Gauteng region and recently accepted the task of National Chairman. Lay Witness has been a constant life changing experience with an ever deepening love for The Lord.

Calven Cilliers

My name is Calven Celliers, and over and above the privilege of being appointed the regional chaplain of Lay Witness Mission, I am also in full time ministry as the Senior Pastor at The New Harvest Christian Fellowship. I am married to my best friend Jacqui and God has graciously blessed our lives with two wonderful sons, Joshua & Gregory.

“15 …But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)NLT

Piet Strydom

Gabby and I have been Married for 46 yrs, with 2 Children Clinton married to Emma & Tammy Married to Bradley and 3 Grandsons – Kyle(13) and Connor(7) and Dylan (6) 1 x Granddaughter Roxanne (3). I am a Sales Executive in the Audiovisual industry. I enjoy sports of all kinds & Bird watching with a bit of photography. I am a Fellowship Leader and Lay Witness Coordinator & Committee Member. I believe through all my years as a Lay Witness and more than 30 missions that the Lay Witness Ministry is more relevant today than it has ever been. We live in times where I believe the church as a whole has lost the plot, and that what Lay Witness offers is vitally important to take the message of the Gospel to the people. By spending a weekend with people Lay Witnesses are able to share and show the Gospel to congregations. It is my prayer that Lay Witness will go from strength to strength as it reaches out and shares the Love of Christ. My special Bible verse is Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”

Ronald Stephenson

I have bmeen involved with LW since May 2005 and my first lay witness weekend was in Eldorado Park , after saying on the Sunday I was keen to join LW , I was sent on a mission that Friday as an observer. Out the blue on Saturday morning I was asked to give my testimony, but God guided me through the testimony. I have held the position of Treasurer for LW since late 2009 and still currently sit on the committee. One goes to LW missions to give of yourself and bless others but you get blessed multiple times back.

Henry van Niekerk

Born and raised in Boksburg, I am the proud member of a “perfect” family – husband, wife and a pigeon pair – who all serve The Lord. Lay Witness is right up front when it comes to my passions. I have often been privileged to witness the wonderful work of God in people’s lives, simply by Christians making themselves available to share their faith and be used in His service.

Vincent and Maureen Mortimer

My name is Vincent Mortimer. I am one of the Co-Ordinators on Lay Witness Mission and together with my wife, Maureen, we work mainly with the children (ages 6-11). As a Sales executive I have the opportunity to share Jesus with others .We thank God for this awesome privilege to be able to share His word and His grace, through our own experiences, to the younger generation of today.

Pierre de Villiers

I have been and always will be a Lay Witness fan and have been hugely blessed for the past 37 years. I am doing the Lay Witness database and also a database of the Methodist ministers and their stations.

David Mphuti

I am married to Elizabeth Mphuthi, and blessed with 2 daughters both now married, with the elder one being blessed with a boy & a girl, and the youngest one blessed with a boy. I am currently operating Avis Van Rental franchise. I like reading, like sports tennis football cricket rugby. I am the local Preacher at my Church. I was exposed to LWM in 1999 when they visited our Church first time. As one of the Church Stewards during 2003 we encouraged new Church Minister to invite LWM again to our Church and I was one of the 5 church members who decided to join LWM.

Christopher Young

My name is Chris Young. I am one of the Lay witness youth committee. I have a passion for young people, especially showing young guys that it is possible to be a strong Christian man. When I’m not helping young people better themselves, I work as a sport scientist at a local high school, working with all the sports teams.

Kathleen van Niekerk

I am Kathleen van Niekerk and was introduced to Lay Witness in my early teen years. I am a Co-ordinator and committee Member and particularly enjoy working with the Youth. I love being a part of the Missions and sharing what God has done for me with others. My full time job is being a daughter and older sister, while working at an Office Furniture Manufacturing company during the day.

Lauren Davies

My name is Lauren Davies, I am a one of the coordinators on the Lay Witness team and work mainly with the Youth. God has always been a part of my life and has shown me over the years the true meaning of being an awesome God. I love being able to work with young people on the mission weekends to try and show them what kind of experience and change God can bring to their lives if they just open up to him. My days are generally spent working as a Psychometrist, while caring for my husband and other family.

Benny Kruger

My name is Benny Kruger and I worship at Randburg Methodist Church. I joined the Lay Witness movement in 1980 and have been on and have led as coordinator various missions throughout South Africa. It has been a blessing to see when the Holy Spirit touches the lives of the broken people as we gave our testimonies. I am married to Jean and we have celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary this year. We have been blessed with three wonderful daughters and have seven grandchildren. Both Jean and I are devoted servants of the Lord and will be a witness for him till our dying days.

Deryck Botten

Hi my name is Derryck, my wife of nearly 50 years is Wendy. I’m retired from a company were I specialised in renal dialysis. I have three wonderful children. My wife and I gave our lives to The Lord Jesus Christ 40 years ago and worship at a Pentecostal church in Springs were I am an elder.

Herman Groenewald

I am Herman Groenewald one of the Lay Witness mission Coordinators. I am also a Methodist Local Preacher in the Fourways Circuit. My life as a Christian changed drastically in 1992 and I have since then been involved in Mission Outreaches to the Botswana Bushmen, the Far North Mission area and starting some preaching places in informal settlements north of Johannesburg. I am a retired businessman married to Marion and have two married children. I enjoy doing watercolour painting as a new found pastime.

Mike Wood

My name is Michael Wood married with two children and blessed with 3 little gran daughters that keep my wife Lesley and I on the hop. I am a Cllr in the City of Johannesburg .We are members of the Randburg Methodist Church and have been involved in Lay Witness for over 10 years. It is indeed a privilege to go into churches and share what the Lord has down in y life .From having Cancer to losing my job and many other family problems the Lord has worked in amazing ways, to renew and restore.

Zicci Prins

My name is Zicci Prins, I am married to Belinda and am blessed with 2 children, named Angelica and Chad. My wife and I are actively involved in Mondeor Methodist Chruch, I assist with the sound and computer related aspects and Belinda is a society steward. I have been involved with lay witness with lay witness for a few years already and have just joined the coordinators. Work wish I am in the engineering industry as an Cnc Programmer, however I am employed currently as a Factory Manager. I am not too much of a TV fanatic but do enjoy listening to jazz when time allows for it.


Andre’ Prinsloo

Andre’ is my name. I gave my heart to Jesus in October 2010, this was over the Holy Spirit weekend which is a climax to the Alpha course led by Nicky Cumbel. I was a choir boy in the Mayville M.C until the age of 12 and confirmed in the Dutch Reformed Church at 16. I have been a member of Bryanston M. C. since 17 October 2010. I was married to Gail on 14 August 1971; our family business has by Grace been transformed into an extension of our faith. Gail responded to a call by the Lay Witness Mission when they visited Bryanston M. C. on 01 June 2013. We have two sons and six grandchildren. My desire to win souls for the Lord began in earnest on 01 Sep 2013, when I was called to my first Lay Witness Mission.


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