Full-Time Faculty


Mark Dickson


Biblical Hebrew, Philosophy

BSc (Major: Physics) (UCT), Dip Th (BISA), MA (NWU)

Mark is Principal and holds the C.S. Lewis Lectureship in Christian Thought. He is especially interested in grappling with foundational truths of the Christian Faith, applying and packaging them to address the issues of modern society, and has special expertise in the area of science and Christianity. Mark was the senior minister of St Matthews Church in Table View (Cape Town) for 17 years, and is still actively involved in ministry there.  He is married to Julie and they have two sons and a daughter. Mark’s MA dissertation focused on natural design as a basis for an interdisciplinary trialogue between engineering, molecular biology and theology. He is currently developing this is at doctoral level investigating the problem of natural design and its underdetermination.


Jonathan More


Biblical Studies

B Eng (Electronic), M Eng (Electronic)(Stellenbosch), LTh (GWC), BA (Theology), Hons BA (PUCHE), ThM (Princeton Theological Seminary).

Jonathan was appointed to the GWC Faculty in 2001 and currently serves as Vice-Principal. He is a member of Holy Trinity (Gardens, Cape Town). Jonathan is a regular contributor to BookNotes for Africa and has also reviewed books for the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Themelios, and Scholia Reviews. Jonathan’s doctoral research is focused on kingship ideology in Graeco-Roman philosophy and Pauline Christology. He has published two essays on this topic: “Kingship Ideology: A Neglected Element in Aristeas’ Charter Myth for Alexandrian Judaism” (2009) and “On Kingship in Philo and the Wisdom of Solomon” (2012).


Alan Beckman


Church History

LTh (BISA), Grad GWC, MA(Church & Dogma History) (NWU).

Alan serves as Academic Registrar. He is a former bank manager who graduated from GWC in 1990 and was appointed as Administrator of the fledgling college under the first principal, Dr Broughton Knox. From the outset he has also lectured in a range of subjects. A lifelong Anglican, his research is in the area of Anglican history. His MA dissertation is entitled A clash of churchmanship: Robert Gray & the Evangelical Anglicans. Alan is married to Marilyn and they have two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren. He enjoys hiking, reading, history (particularly local history) and trying to solve cryptic crosswords.


Benjamin Dean


Christian Doctrine

BA Hons (London School of Theology), MA (King’s College, London), MPhil, CTh, PhD, (University of Cambridge).

Ben is GWC’s Dean of Postgraduate Studies. In this capacity he has oversight of the postgraduate programme, in close liaison with the Faculty of Theology at North-West University. He heads up the Senior Seminar (GWC’s research forum for Faculty and postgraduate students), chairs the Research Committee, and serves as Postgraduate Advisor to the Library Committee. Growing out of his doctoral work on the trinitarian theology of the Scottish Reformed theologian Thomas Torrance, he is currently preparing a book with the working title Torrance’s Vision of the Trinity. Ben is married to Naomi and they have a daughter and three sons.


IMG_4256Ross Anderson

Biblical Studies

N.Dip (Pietermaritzburg Technical College); B.Th (Unisa); Dip.Th (BISA); M.Th (UWC)

Ross is the John Stott Lecturer in Bible & Ministry. He was born in Swaziland and grew up in Zululand. He was ordained in the Church of England in South Africa in 1982 and has served at a number of churches; most recently over 20 years at St James Church in Kenilworth, Cape Town, where he succeeded Bishop Frank Retief as Rector. He joined the GWC faculty in October 2009. He has led numerous mission trips into the mountains of Lesotho and regularly preaches on Sundays.  He is married to Lindy and they have three children. Ross had the privilege of being lectured by Prof. David Bosch during his BTh studies at Unisa and his MTh (cum laude) was in Missiology. His dissertation included a semiotic analysis of the South African culture, the influence of modernity and post-modernity on that culture and the development of a contextual theology with particular focus on individualism, economism, relativism and the search for meaning. Ross’ publications include Being a Christian Citizen (Mills Litho 1994). He is currently preparing a book on Biblical Theology.


John Child

Christian Doctrine; Ethics; Pastoral Studies

BA (Rhodes), Dip Th (BISA), BD Hons (London), MTh (UNISA).

John is the Peter Chamane Lecturer in Systematic Theology & Ethics.  He also teaches preaching and a NT module.  John has developed Ethics into a subject that is now studied in all three years of the BTh.  Ethics at GWC is thoroughly grounded in both the law and the gospel and applied in detail to both contemporary Western & African issues.  John loves teaching and has spent time teaching in Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia.  John has written two Explore modules, some Dictionary articles and is busy writing Explore Ethics.

John studied philosophy and African politics at Rhodes University, read for a Bachelor of Divinity through London University and wrote his thesis on Biblical Law in the Theology of R. J. Rushdoony (UNISA).

Before GWC John spent thirteen years in the business world prior to his ordination in 1989. He was Rector of Christ Church, La Lucia (now Umhlanga), before joining the Faculty in 1997. In 1999 with the help of a team of students, John planted Muizenberg Community Church and was minister-in-charge for 9 years.

John is married to Marion, a teacher, and they have four adult children.  John is a competitive race walker and a slow runner who runs marathons.  He also enjoys travel, wild life, nature and reading.  His interests embrace politics, economics and sport.


IMG_4074Nathan Lovell

Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, Missions

BEng (Newcastle, Australia), BDiv (Moore College, Australia), PhD (Griffith University, Australia)

Nathan joined faculty in 2011. He teaches and researches in Old Testament, and his areas of interest include theological exegesis, biblical Hebrew, and ANE history. Nathan is currently working on a second PhD on the political theology arising from the book of Kings, and has published several papers in that area. Nathan is married to Diane and they have two children, Shiri and Isaac. Nathan and Diane are missionaries sent by the Church Missionary Society of Australia, and worship with God’s people at St. Peter’s Fish Hoek.


 Jordan_PJordan Pickering

Biblical Studies, Old Testament, 

LTh (GWC); BTh, Hons BA (NWU); MTh (Stellenbosch)

Jordan is part of the Biblical Studies department, and teaches Old Testament subjects and Study Skills. He is currently working on a PhD via Stellenbosch University on the topic of the place of women in the Abrahamic covenant. He has published an article on the structure of Genesis 12, has two textbooks in production for the up-coming Explore certificate, and has self-published a book called ‘Troubled Waters’, which offers a solution to the problem of baptism. He is married to Renette, who is a specialist in distance education and educational publishing, and together they have two daughters. He occasionally adds to a blog at http://longwind.wordpress.com.


Vuyani Sindo

Pastoral Ministry, New Testament, Pauline Studies

ND (Plastic Technology) (CPUT), LTh (GWC), Hons BA (NWU), Ma (NWU).

Vuyani joined the faculty of GWC as a junior lecturer in 2014. Having completed his undergraduate degree at the college in 2008, Vuyani went on to work as a curate at Holy Trinity Church in Gardens, Cape Town, later serving as Assistant Minister there. During his term at the church, Vuyani also worked at the Student YMCA on the CPUT campus, and still nurtures his interest in student ministry. He completed his Masters studies at North-West University in 2014, with his thesis entitled “A Socio-Rhetorical Approach to the Pauline Theology of Reconciliation in 2 Corinthians”.  Vuyani is currently pursuing his PhD at Stelllenbosch University, with his thesis entitled “The inter-relationship between leadership and identity formation in 1 Corinthian correspondence; a study of 1 Corinthians 1-6 and 7:17-21.”  Vuyani is married to Ronél and they have one daughter, Sindiswa, and another child on the way.


Mark Norman

Dean of Students, Biblical Studies, Philosophy, 

Lth (BISA), Bth Hons (UNISA), Cth, (University of Cambridge) Mth (UNISA), Dth (UNISA).

Mark joined the GWC Faculty in 2014. His areas of interest include Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology and Philosophy. Mark’s Doctoral Thesis explored the relationship between Trinitarian thought and the post metaphysical thought of Martin Heidegger. Prior to joining the faculty Mark was the Rector of St Johns Church Queenswood (The Church of England in South Africa) for 21 years. Mark’s interests include literature, popular culture, audio equipment and various genres of music.


 SteveStephen Rockwell

Biblical Studies, New Testament, Greek

BSc Hons 1st Class (Sydney), LTh, BTh (GWC), MTh (Moore)

Stephen joined the faculty during 2015 after serving as a minister in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney for over 10 years.  After earlier studying Financial Mathematics at University and working as a Trader on the Financial Market floors, Stephen took up an opportunity to leave that world and serve in ministry in Africa.  After initially working in Student Ministry at the UCT Student Y, Stephen completed his undergraduate theological studies at GWC.  After returning to Sydney, Stephen completed a research Master’s degree at Moore Theological College in New Testament Biblical Studies. His research was entitled, “To what extent is ‘Faith, Hope and Love’ Paul’s paradigm for Christian living?”  He is married to Susan who also studied at GWC.  Together they are blessed to have 4 wonderful boys who keep them very busy.


Phumezo MasagoPhumezo Masango

Church History, Practical Theology, New Testament, 


Phumezo was appointed to the faculty as from January 2016. He served for a number of years as Rector of Christ Church, Khayelitsha and will continue to supervise the ministry team there whilst lecturing in Church History and Practical Theology at GWC. He is currently completing his Master’s degree in Church History at Stellenbosch University.



 Visiting Lecturers in 2016


Robert Doyle

Systematic Theology

BSc (Sydney); LTh Hons (ACT); BD Hons (London); Dip. Theology Hons (Moore); PhD (Aberdeen)

Robert retired in 2012 from faculty at Moore Theological College in Sydney, where he taught in Systematic Theology and Church History. He is teaching at GWC for the first semester of 2015.


George Athas

Hebrew Grammar

BA(Hons) (Sydney); PhD (Sydney); BA Divinity (Hons) (Moore); Diploma in Ministry (Moore)

George is the Dean of Research at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. He teaches the annual Hebrew Summer School at GWC. He is co-author of Elementary Biblical Hebrew, which is the textbook used for Hebrew at GWC.


Andrew Shead

Old Testament

BTh (Hons 2A) (ACT); BSc (Med) (Hons 1) (Sydney); MTh (ACT); PhD (Cambridge)

Andrew is Head of Department for Old Testament and Hebrew at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. He visited GWC at the start of the academic year to teach our postgraduate Old Testament module, which focused on the book of Jeremiah.


John Ashley Null

Church History

BA English (Southern Methodist University, Dallas); MDiv & STM (Yale Divinity); PhD (Cambridge)

Revnd Canon Dr John Ashley Null is currently Research Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Ashley is teaching our postgraduate Church History module, and also delivering our Annual Lecture in May.

Adjunct Faculty


John Newby

Postgraduate Supervision

BTh, BTh Hons, MTh (Church History) (UNISA), DPhil (PUCHE).

Dr John Newby was formerly Vice-Principal of GWC and, since his retirement, continues to supervise Honours and Masters dissertations.  The title of his doctoral thesis is The Theology of John Charles Ryle. Since 1974 he has been an ordained minister of the Church of England of South Africa (now called the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church in South Africa – REACH SA), during which time he was delegate to the Reformed Ecumenical Synod (1976-1984); a member of the Theological Commission of CESA, and convener of the Synod Commission on the Ministry of Women in the Church. He has acted as an external examiner of Masters and Doctoral dissertations for various universities and is a member of the Church History Society of SA.


Part-Time Lecturers 2016

Niki Hodson

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

BA (English and Drama) (UCT), BA(Hons) Psychology (Cornerstone Institute)


Andrew Barnes

Children’s Ministry

BA (UCT), BTh (NWU), Licentiate in Christian Children’s Work (GWC)


 Astrid Haskins


Dip. TESOL Level 4 (Trinity College of London); BA (Alliance Francaise Paris); DipTh (All Nations)


Alan Profitt

Christian Missions & Cultures

Dip.Th (BISA); BTh (UNISA); HDE (UCT); MA (Pretoria)


Gavin Millard

Biblical Studies – Old Testament

BAS (Wits), LTh (GWC), BTh (NWU).


Geoffrey Gertzen

Theory and Practice of Preaching

BCom (Wits), HDE (Wits), LTh (GWC), BA Hons (NWU)


Scott Tubman

Youth Ministry, Small Groups

BA, DipEd (Macquarrie), LTh (GWC), BTh (NWU).


Joanne Taylor

Children’s Ministry



Carel Pienaar

Early Church History

MA (Th)  (NWU)


Siegfried Ngubane

Pastoral Ministry

LTh (GWC); BA Hons (UWC); MTh (SATS); PhD (UFS)


Beulah Retief

Women’s Ministry


Carol Ebden

Women’s Ministry

CTh (GWC); HDE (Natal)


Frank Retief


DipTh (BISA); BTh Hons (UWC); PhD h.c. (NWU)


Ludwig Alberts

Old Testament

BA; BTh; Hons BA


Flo Visser

Family Ministry

Dip.Th (BISA)


Joanne Stocks

Church History

BA(Hons) HDE (University of Natal); BTh (NWU)


Robyn Kynaston

Children’s Ministry

B Ed. (UNISA), Dip. Ed. (UNISA)


Kirsty Savides

Children’s Ministry

BA(UCT), PGD Marketing (CIM), HC Music (ABRSM)


Eugene Rens

Children’s Ministry



Tracy Rens

Children’s Ministry

BA Communication (UNISA)


Tiana de Klerk

Children’s Ministry

Dip. Children’s Ministry (CMI), BA (US), MA Christian Education (TICM)