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 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 serves as Rector’s Warden of Holy Trinity (Gardens, Cape Town). Jonathan holds a doctoral degree in Ancient Studies from Stellenbosch University.
The Rev Dr Mark Norman
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.”
The Rev Ross Anderson
B.Th (Unisa); Dip.Th (BISA); M.Th (UWC)
Subjects: Biblical studies, Missiology and Preaching
Ross is the John Stott Lecturer in Bible and Ministry. 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 2009. He continues to lead mission trips into the mountains of Lesotho and regularly preaches throughout the country.  He is married to Lindy and they have three children. Ross’ MTh in Missiology analysed South African culture in order to develop a contextual theology with particular focus on individualism, economism, relativism and the search for meaning.
The Rev Dr Vuyani Sindo

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.
Dr Nathan Lovell
Director of Postgraduate Studies
and Head of Department for Biblical Studies
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.
The Rev Stephen Rockwell
Head of the Ministry Department
BSc Hons 1st Class (Sydney), LTh, BTh (GWC), MTh (Moore)
Subjects: Biblical Studies, New Testament, Greek
Stephen joined the faculty during 2015 after serving as a minister in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney for over 10 years.  After studying financial mathematics and working as a trader on the financial market floors, Steve took up an opportunity to serve in ministry in Africa.  He worked in student ministry at the UCT Student Y before completing his undergraduate theological studies at GWC. He also completed a research master’s degree at Moore Theological College 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. They are blessed with four wonderful boys who keep them very busy.
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.
Miss Niki Hodson

Director Of Children’s Ministry Studies

BA (UCT), BA Hons (Cornerstone Institute)
Subjects: Children’s Ministry

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.

PostDoctoral research fellow

Dr Jake Griesel
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
BTh (UFS), BA Hons (Latin) (UFS), MTh (UFS), PhD (Cambridge)
Subjects: Historical Theology, Church History, Christian Doctrine

Jake joined GWC in 2020 as a postdoctoral research fellow and part-time lecturer in church history, while simultaneously being affiliated with North-West University’s Faculty of Theology as an Extraordinary Researcher. His interests are broadly in Christian doctrine and history, with specialisation in Reformed theology and ecclesiastical history between the Reformation and the Enlightenment, particularly in the context of the Church of England. His PhD dissertation focused on John Edwards of Cambridge (1637–1716) and the broader Reformed tradition within the late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Church of England. His current research explores the theology of John Pearson (1613–1686).

Email: jgriesel@gwc.ac.za

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.