Faculty

The Rev Dr Mark Dickson
Principal
BSc (Major: Physics) (UCT), Dip Th (BISA), MA (NWU), PhD (NWU)
Subjects: Biblical Hebrew, Philosophy
Mark was appointed as Principal in 2013 to succeed Dr David Seccombe. 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. His doctoral dissertation investigated irreducible complexity within the context of the biblical doctrine of creation. Mark was the senior minister of St Matthew’s 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.
Dr Jake Griesel
BTh (UFS), MTh (UFS), BA Hons (Latin) (UFS), PhD (Cambridge)
Subjects: Church History, Historical Theology, Anglican Studies

Jake joined GWC as a postdoctoral fellow in 2020 before joining the faculty in 2022. He is also a Research Associate at North-West University’s Faculty of Theology. His interests are broadly in Christian doctrine and history, with specialisation in the Reformed tradition between the Reformation and the Enlightenment, particularly in the context of the Church of England. He is the author of Retaining the Old Episcopal Divinity: John Edwards of Cambridge and Reformed Orthodoxy in the Later Stuart Church (Oxford University Press, 2022), and the co-editor of Reformed identity and conformity in England, 1560–1714 (Manchester University Press, under contract). He is currently working on a monograph on the theology of John Pearson (1613–86).

Email: jgriesel@gwc.ac.za

Miss Niki Hodson

Director Of Children’s Ministry Studies

BA (UCT), BA Hons (Cornerstone Institute), BTh (GWC)
Subjects: Children’s Ministry, Old Testament

Following her appointment in 2015 to manage the Children’s Ministry Higher Certificate programme, Niki joined the faculty in 2016. Previously, she studied drama, English and psychology and she taught drama to children and adults, as well as trained and mentored new teachers. Niki has been involved with children’s ministry in the church for several years, and continues to serve in this area. She is passionate about mentoring the children’s workers of the future.

Dr Nathan Lovell
Director of Research
BEng Hons (Newcastle, Australia), BDiv Hons (Moore College, Australia), PhD (Griffith University, Australia), PhD (University of Sydney, Australia)
Subjects: Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew
Nathan joined the faculty of George Whitefield College in 2011. He teaches and researches in Old Testament with particular interest in the books of Kings and Isaiah. He 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.
The Rev Phumezo Masango
Dean of Students
BTh (NWU)
Subjects: Church History, Practical Theology, New Testament
Phumezo was appointed to the faculty in 2016. He has served as Rector of Christ Church, Khayelitsha since 2009 and continues to supervise the ministry team there while lecturing in church history and practical theology at GWC.
Dr Jonathan More
Vice-Principal and Academic Dean
B Eng (Stellenbosch University), M Eng (Stellenbosch University), LTh (GWC), BA (NWU), Hons BA (NWU), ThM (Princeton Theological Seminary), PhD (Stellenbosch University).
Subjects: Biblical Studies
Jonathan joined the GWC faculty in 2001 and was appointed as Vice-Principal in 2013. He holds a doctoral degree in Ancient Studies from Stellenbosch University. Jonathan focuses his research on the intersection between the intellectual world of the New Testament and its Graeco-Roman context. Jonathan and his family serve at Holy Trinity (Gardens, Cape Town).
The Rev Dr Mark Norman
Director of the Evangelical Research Fellowship and Head of the Systematic Theology department.
Lth (BISA), BTh Hons (UNISA), CertRS, (University of Cambridge) MTh (UNISA), DTh (UNISA)
Subjects: Biblical Studies, Philosophy
Mark served in the SA Navy before training for ministry in the Church of England in South Africa. He was Rector of St John’s Church, Queenswood in Pretoria, where he served for 21 years. During this time he planted a church on the University of Pretoria campus. Mark ran several post-ordination training seminars in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal and has served terms of the REACH SA Executive and the Board of GWC. The title of his doctoral dissertation is, “Heidegger and Trinitarian Theology.”
Ikho Poswayo
BCom (Hons) Financial Management (UJ), BTh (Hons) (GWC).
Subjects: Biblical Studies, New Testament Greek
Ikho joined the faculty in January of 2022. She worked in finance for five years prior to joining GWC as a Higher Certificate student in 2017. After completing the Higher Certificate, she returned to GWC for the BTh and the BTh (Honours) programs. Concurrently with her teaching role at GWC, she is enrolled for the Masters in Counseling program at Westminster Theological Seminary.
The Rev Dr Mike Roe
BE Civil (Adelaide), BTh Hons (ACT, Australia), PhD (ACT, Australia).
Subjects: Department of Theology
Mike joined the faculty 2020. Prior to coming to George Whitefield College he served as a minister in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, and then as the Academic Dean of the Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary. He teaches and researches in the areas of Systematic, Biblical and Historical Theology. His particular interests relate to the interface between eschatology, the kingdom of God, and social ethics. He is married to Karen and they have two children, Amelia and Mitchell. Mike and Karen are missionaries sent by the Church Missionary Society of Australia.
The Rev Dr Vuyani Sindo
Head of Biblical Studies

ND (Plastic Technology) (CPUT), BTh (NWU) & LTh (GWC), Hons BA (NWU), MA (Pauline Studies)(NWU), PhD (Stellenbosch)

Subjects: Pastoral Ministry, New Testament, Pauline Studies
Vuyani was a maths tutor with Youth Alive before completing a National Diploma in Plastics Technology. After training at GWC for ministry in REACH-SA, Vuyani served as Assistant Minister of Holy Trinity Church in Cape Town. He was appointed to the faculty in 2014 where he teaches New Testament and pastoral ministry. Vuyani’s doctoral dissertation, completed at Stellenbosch University in 2018, explores questions of leadership and identity within the context of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.

Tutors

The Rev Thapelo Khumalo
BTh (NWU) & LTh (GWC), BTh Hons (UNISA), MTh (UNISA)
Subjects: Practical Theology, Church History
After graduating from GWC, Thapelo served as a campus director with The Bible Talks student ministry at the University of KwaZulu Natal for 9 years. He also served as an assistant minister at Christ Church Glenwood (REACH SA) in KwaZulu Natal, Durban. Thapelo’s MTh dissertation focused on the relationship between John Calvin’s theology and his pastoral ministry. He continues to pursue these interests as they pertain to the South African context in his doctoral research.
Mr Bradley Trout
BTh (BISA), BThHons (GWC), MA (New Testament)(NWU)
Subjects: Biblical Studies

Brad has served as a tutor at GWC since 2016, teaching both Old and New Testament modules. Brad’s MA from North-West University is on the fulfilment of the law in Matthew 5. He is now working to complete his PhD in New Testament where he is looking at the law in Matthew’s gospel within the Greco-Roman milieu.