Meet the Faith City Team
Every Nation Faith City
Willem and Celestè Nel
Our Senior Pastors and their four beautiful children, Guilliam, Charmoré, Ann-waniq and D’Ianrew. As a family, their mission is to see lives impacted by the Good news of Jesus Christ.. Willem has been at Every Nation Faith City for 26 years and in full time ministry for over 30 years. From humble beginnings, Willem and Celeste Nel embarked on an exciting journey of faith and today the church can look back and celebrate with them God’s goodness and grace.
In 1992 Willem and Celeste started the Potchefstroom Student Church with just a handful of students. Willem and Celeste decided to join the His People family in 1997 and they officially became His People Potchefstroom in 1998.
In 2000, God clearly spoke a promise from Isaiah 58 which was to become a vital framework for how His People Potchefstroom viewed their role in the city. God infused in the leaders a passion to bless the city of Potchefstroom by starting with those who really needed it.
In 2017 the Church name changed to Every Nation Faith City. Every Nation Faith City has planted and co-planted churches and campus ministries in Klerksdorp, Parys, Rustenburg, Bloemfontein, Mafikeng, Standerton and Gaborone, Botswana. He has published two books. A Silent Adventure, telling his remarkable story of healing and adventure into grace, was his first inspirational book published by Faith Story Publishing as well his latest book Making the Impossible Possible.Willem is a motivational speaker, preacher and executive life coach. His life is marked with a strong word of faith, with healings and miracles as part of his ministry.
Executive pastor and Potchefstroom site pastor
Barend is originally from Brakpan and was planning to become an Auto Electrician after school, but he soon realized that God had a different plan for his life.
Barend has a diploma in youth work and has been in youth ministry for 15 years. He got involved in ministry through doing a gap year at TICS (Transformation in Communities). Barend is currently the Executive Pastor at Every Nation Faith City and oversees the seven sites. Barend believes that his goal is to be the connection between all age groups and to be a channel in which people will find God. “I’m passionate about people and to be able to bring HOPE to a broken world.” Barend is also involved in Hope Again, Character Kids, Mother’s Nest (a safe house for abused children) and Potchefstroom Youth Network.
Barend and his wife Carene have been married for 10 years and they have two children, Ethan and Simore.
Barend Groenewald: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family and Children’s Pastor
Conrad de Vries
Conrad is our Family and Children’s Pastor. Husband to Riani and father of five beautiful children, it is apparent that he loves family.
As a nine year old boy, Conrad started serving his local church as a volunteer, recording sermons and duplicating cassette tapes. By the end of his primary school career, his involvement expanded to the music ministry and as helper at children’s ministry. The following ten years he devoted his time to youth and music ministry. Since 1993, Conrad has been part of four church plantings, and the establishing of an international content generating ministry. As a broadcast and electronic media specialist, he held various positions in the field of tertiary education and media production. From 2006 Conrad focused his attention to the development of educational and christian media content, to strategically impact the next generation, this intensified the drive to see families and children living in God’s designed freedom.
Conrad de Vries: email@example.com
Lizmarie is originally from East London, Eastern Cape. She obtained an Honours Degree Psychology in 2016 at the North West University Potchefstroom Campus. She is currently doing a LEAD Internship programme with Every Nation Faith City. Lizmarie has great love for working with children and doing youth ministry. She loves sharing the love of God with all people. She is passionate about establishing kingdom principles in the lives of children and equip them with the right tools that would help them fulfil their God-given purpose. She is a Children’s Church worker at Every Nation Faith City Parys and serves as a volunteer at Hope Again Foundation.
Lizmarie Spies: Lizmariespies7@gmail.com
Fransie Steyn was born in Ladysmith and came to Potchefstroom in 1973. Fransie started in finance since her youth days and is passionate about numbers. She has worked at Lubners furniture for 21 years, where fulfilled the role as manager. Fransie has been doing the finances for 10 years.
Fransie Steyn: firstname.lastname@example.org
MISSIONS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PASTOR
Jurgens grew up in Phalaborwa where he completed High school and then came to Potchefstroom to study at the North West University. He has a B.Com Honours Degree in Financial Accounting and has also completed his pastoral training at Every Nation Ministry School in 2015.
Jurgens was always part of a family that served God and was involved ministry. Through his life, God directed him more to areas where he could serve. Jurgens currently helps with the managing of the finances of the church. He is also the connect group coordinator and he oversees the connect groups of the Potchefstroom morning sites. He is also a pastoral intern which is the practical ministry year after finishing ministry school. “I love to help people walk into the purpose and promise that God has for them as believers and as individuals. I want to create an effective systems that can serve the ministry and help to bring Supernatural Transformation to our World in the most effective manner possible.” Jurgens is also involved with MosaicSA (an organisation focusing on orphan care), and runs his own business as independent accountant/financial consultant.
Jurgens Schoeman: email@example.com
Dream Team Coordinator
Debbie was born in Pretoria and came to Potchefstroom in 2009. She completed her BA degree in Management and Development with Human Resources. She then completed her honours in Human Resources. She furthermore completed her masters in Human Resources in 2015. She got involved in ministry through connecting in a small group. Currently she is a full time lecturer and program leader in Human Resources at the North-West University. She is also the Dream Team coordinator at Every Nation Faith City which entails the management, planning and coordinating of the volunteers ministry. Debbie’s heart is more for students, young people, because they are the most susceptible. “It’s something I always stand on: reaching and serving students because it impacts the next generations. Students start movements and I believe that if we can change the campus, we can change the world.” Debbie is also a volunteer at STOP trafficking with people in Potchefstroom.
Debbie Mtshelwane: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helena is a recent member of our team and has truly enriched us with her joy and administration skills. She is originally from Hartswater in the Northern Cape but came to Potchefstroom in 2015.
Helena Kooyman: email@example.com
Hendri was born and raised in Potchefstroom. After school he went to study B. Com Accounting and then completed his honours in Financial Management. Hendri got saved at a youth service, so when Willem Nel asked him to get involved in the Engage Youth Ministry he got involved as soon as he could and he is currently the Youth Pastor at Every Nation Faith City. His ministry involves worship and discipling teenagers to discover their purpose in God and to further build their relationship in Christ. Hendri is also a part of the Christian rock band, One Crown, and co-owner of a Total garage. Recently he has also opened up Atlantic Trailers in Potchefstroom. Hendri and his wife Madelein have been happily married for almost three years and have a son, Elijah and a daughter Zara.
Ryno & Elzani Jansen
Ryno attended high school in Potchefstroom and completed his honours in Business Management at the North-West University. Ryno got involved in ministry in 2006 when he started volunteering at the youth ministry. He is now the Lead Pastor on campus and his mission is to raise, train and release leaders into the world with a strong biblical foundation. The campus congregation has an Afrikaans and English service that serve more than a thousand students weekly and he emphasizes the importance of dischipleship. Ryno has his own business; Alternative Energy Solutions which he started in 2010. He also plays the bass guitar for the Christian Rock Band, One Crown. Ryno and his wife, Elzani, have been happily married for 5 years and have two beautiful children, Jozack and Izabella.
In 2010 Lourens came to South Africa to study Psychology. He finished his Honours Degree in 2013 and in 2014 Lourens started getting involved with the campus ministry team. He started in a connect group and then later on started leading a connect group. After some time and some fantastic mentorship, he answered the call into full-time ministry. He now manages the men’s connect group ministry and focuses on raising leaders. He has a passion for students that come from difficult backgrounds and love being able to help them overcome their problems. His goal is to spread the Gospel and reach every man on campus. Lourens has a heart and wants to see every student live out their destiny in Christ. Lourens and his wife Sune have been happily married since 2014.
Lourens Horn: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hanrie grew up in Tzaneen and matriculated in 2012 at High school Merensky. She came to Potchefstroom in 2013 to complete a Bcom Business management degree which she obtained in 2015. Thereafter, in 2016 she completed a Bcom Hons degree in Marketing and Business management. Around 2013 she started to volunteer at Every Nation Campus in multimedia, attended a connect group and started leading a connect group in 2014. Hanrie joined the LEAD internship team in 2017, studying for full-time ministry. Her dream is to teach students how they can be the best leader based on biblical principles as well as to find their calling in life so that together we can change South Africa.
Hanrie Marais: email@example.com
Engage – Youth Ministry
Kobus Mostert moved to Potchefstroom from Randfontein. He studied BSC Mathematics and Economics at the North-West University Potchefstroom Campus and in his final year, heard the calling from God to go into full time ministry. He is passionate about youth ministry and to see lives change by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Rolindie Mostert are co-owners of a local advertising company called Mega Signs and they are both currently busy with the Every Nation School of Ministry. In his free time Kobus loves playing sports, making music and fellowship with friends and family. He is very excited to be part of Every Nation Faith City and is fired-up to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ being spread throughout the youth of Potchefstroom.
Kobus Mostert: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Nation Faith City Parys
Parys Site Pastor
Christo is originally from Vanderbijlpark. He has a metallurgical engineers degree as well as a three year theological diploma from Rhema Church. He also completed a creative arts course at Psalmody as well as the His People Bible School course. He got involved in ministry through an outreach to Parow where after he got involved in worship ministry. In 2011 Christo linked up with Pastor Willem Nel to start the church planting process in Parys. Christo is currently the site pastor at the Parys His People Church.
He feels that he has been given the responsibility to shepherd the community and to align the site with Pastor Willem’s vision. His passion is to “break open the Word of God, to worship and to teach people how to worship.” Christo is also part of Intune which encompasses a bible school, hosting worship seminars as well as a drug rehabilitation program. He is also part of a radio program on IFM as well as Ideas for Apps.
Christo Jovner: email@example.com
Every Nation Faith City Klerksdorp
Klerksdorp Site Pastor
Shaun & Hesti Enslin
Shaun and Hesti are the site pastors in Klerksdorp. They got married in 2007 and have two beautiful princesses called Caylha and Shiryah. From a very young age they both received Word that God has called them for ministry. They realised that God is calling them in a different way by being Market Place Ministers. Shaun is currently working for FNB as an area manager for Commercial Banking and Hesti is a Corporate Image Consultant. Their hearts are to see change in their city through the power of the Holy Spirit by bringing change where God has positioned them in the work place, as well as their home, kids’ schools and the social areas they enter. They also believe that the Word of God says in Matthew 28:19 that we must all GO and make DISCIPLES of EVERY NATION, TRIBE AND TOUNGE and that we should BAPTISE them in the NAME OF THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT. They therefore believe that all Christians all called to make disciples where-ever they are placed by God.