Our Team

The Executive and Coordinators

National Chairman – 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.

Stephen and Helen Meintjes

Helen and I were both born and raised in Johannesburg. We met at university and have been married for over 40 years. From early on in our marriage, we answered the call to be servant witnesses for God. We have been very active over the years serving in many different areas of the church. We are truly blessed and honored to head up the Gauteng region of Lay Witness. We pledge our faithfulness to God and to you in order to spread the gospel message in the world. The people in the world around us need to hear about our Saviour, Jesus Christ. We will be ‘salt and light’ to anyone who will listen to our story.

Calven Celliers

My name is Calven Celliers, and over and above the privilege of being the regional chaplain of Lay Witness Mission, I am also in full time ministry as the Senior Pastor at The New Harvest Christian Fellowship. God has graciously blessed and enriched my life with two wonderful sons, Joshua & Gregory, and a beautiful little girl, Olivia.

“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 51 yrs., with 2 Children Clinton who just recently lost his wife Emma to cancer & Tammy Married to Bradley. We are blessed with 3 Grandsons – Kyle (18) and Connor (13) and Dylan (11) 1 x Granddaughter Roxanne (7). I am very fortunate to still be employed as an Office Administrator in the Audio-Visual industry. I enjoy sports of all kinds, Bird watching and Wildlife. 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 Lay Witness still offers, through individual testimonies a very powerful way of bringing the Gospel of Jesus to the people. By spending a weekend with people Lay Witnesses can 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 verses are Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” And Psalm 91:1-4.

Henry van Niekerk

I was widowed in July 2019 but remain the proud father of a Daughter, Kathleen, and a son, Stephen, who both serve The Lord. I was introduced to Lay Witness many years ago when I was our local church coordinator for a Lay Witness mission weekend that we hosted. After this weekend, Brian encouraged me to join Lay Witness and I regret taking a long time before accepting the invitation. 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 on these weekends, simply by Christians making themselves available to share their faith and be used in His service.

Kayla Parrott

Hi everyone, I am so thrilled to let you know that I am passionate about children, teens and young adults, I have a passion for God and chasing after the Father’s heart. I am currently studying and am enjoying every minute of it… My role of youth coordinator has been a privilege and a huge growth spurt for me because it has challenged me to grow out of my comfort zone, attend regular meetings and just hear about how the gospel impacts everyone’s lives, my goal is to encounter you and make sure that you see Jesus shining through me… I have been a part of the Lay Witness Team from about the age of 15 and I have never had a dull moment, I am always open to what the Lord does in my life.

Wayne and Lauren Davies

Wayne and I have been blessed to be married for 6 years and have 2 beautiful little girls who keep us on our toes. I (Lauren) have been part of the Lay witness team for many years and currently assist with the website, social media and other areas. Wayne assists with the finance side.  God has always been a part of our lives  and has shown us over the years the true meaning of being an awesome God. Our prayer is that God uses us to change the lives of people, bringing them into His Kingdom.

Alister and Melanie Ayres

Alister and Melanie have also serve as Co-ordinators and have been on numerous missions over the last few years. They are a blessing to our team.

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.

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

Hi my name is Zicci Prins. I was born in the Karoo in the Northern Cape and came to joburg in the seventies to further my high school studies. I now live in the south of Johannesburg with my wife, two children and a grand daughter. I started working in the engineering industry.

I joined lay witness mission in 2006 and am till an active member who enjoys sharing  my life story with others. I am also an active and member of the leaders in our local church. I spend my free time in front computers and listening to jazz because I believe I am kind of an introvert.


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