Our Faculty

Mark Dickson

PRINCIPAL

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 is entitled Irreducible complexity as a nexus for an interdisciplinary dialogue between machine logic, molecular biology and theology. He was on sabbatical leave during 2011 and engaged in PhD studies.

Jonathan More

VICE-PRINCIPAL

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 Greco-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).

Vuyani Sindo

Pastoral Ministry, New Testament, Pauline Studies

ND (Plastic Technology) (CPUT), LTh (GWC), Hons BA (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. Vuyani is currently completing his masters studies at North-West University with his thesis entitled A Socio-Rhetorical Approach to the Pauline Theology of Reconciliation in 2 Corinthians. His PhD research will focus on the subject of Paul and leadership. Vuyani is married to Ronél and they have two children.

Benjamin Dean

DEAN OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

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.

Phumezo Masango

Church History, Practical Theology, New Testament

BTh (NWU)

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.

 

Mark Norman

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 John’s Church, Queenswood for 21 years. Mark’s interests include literature, popular culture, audio equipment and various genres of music.

Ross Anderson

Biblical Studies

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 in a number of churches; most recently over 20 years at St James Church, 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’s 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 wrote the articles on Apartheid and the Christian Reconstruction Movement in the New Dictionary of Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology, and he wrote a thesis on Biblical Law in the Theology of R. J. Rushdoony. He is currently doing research into modern day prophecy for a PhD. John spent thirteen years in the business world prior to his ordination in 1989. He was Rector of Christ Church, La Lucia, 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 and they have four children. Formerly a keen runner, John is now an accomplished race walker and he also enjoys travel, wild life, nature and reading.

Nathan Lovell

Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, Missions

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

Nathan joined faculty in 2011. He teaches and researches in Old Testament subjects, 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.

Robert Doyle

Historical Theology, Church History

BSc (Syd), ThL Hons (ACT), BD Hons (London), Dip Theol Hons (Moore), PhD (Aberdeen)

Dr Robert Doyle has been engaged in theological education for over 30 years in Australia and various parts of the African continent. He has been a director of lay education and postgraduate education, and a consultant and participant in developing theological education. Research and teaching interests include historical theology in the Reformed tradition, the doctrine of the Church, trinitarian theology, and union with Christ. Robert has written a number of books and numerous journal articles. He loves long distance walking and fishing trips with his wife, Roslyn, and especially adores his grandchildren.

Alan Beckman

ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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.

Jordan Pickering

Biblical Studies, Old Testament, Greek

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

Jordan joined full-time Faculty in 2013 after working previously as a graphic designer and then a student pastor with the Student YMCA on UCT campus. He now teaches Greek, Old Testament subjects and Learning Development, and has an oversight role in the EXPLORE correspondence course. He is married to Renette, who is a specialist in distance education and educational publishing, and together they have two daughters. You can read some of Jordan’s theological prattlings at http://longwind.wordpress.com.

Stephen 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.

Niki Hodson

Children’s Ministry

BA (English & Drama) UCT, BA Hons (Psychology) (Cornerstone)

Niki was appointed in 2015 to coordinate the Children’s Worker stream at George Whitefield College. She lectures in Child Psychology and Development, and Creative Communication. She completed a BA in English and Drama at UCT in 2006, after which she taught drama and trained new drama teachers for six years.  Niki then completed her BA Honours in Psychology at Cornerstone Institute in 2013. Niki is passionate about using creative methods in sharing the Gospel with children. She loves to write, dance and be involved in theatre.