Foundational to Mukhanyo’s character and mission is its identity as a confessionally biblical institution. Each faculty member, together with the leaders of Mukhanyo’s supporting and governing member churches, subscribe to the teachings of the Christian faith as expressed in the Ecumenical Creeds, and the teaching of the Reformed faith as expressed in the Mukhanyo Statement of Faith. From these sources flow our biblical perspective, our value system, our motivation for ministry, and our curricular emphases.


Dr Brian A. DeVries - Principal

BBA, MDiv, ThM, PhD

Dr Brian A DeVries (B.B.A., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.) is Principal and Senior Lecturer at Mukhanyo Theological College. He serves as a minister of the Reformed Churches of South Africa (GKSA) and the Heritage Reformed Congregations of North America (HRC-NA), and presently leading Grace Reformed Church, his third multiethnic church plant in the Pretoria area. Dr DeVries first studied commerce/administration and worked in business and ICT management before studying theology in North America and serving in educational leadership in Africa. He is also a Senior Lecturer on the Faculty of Theology at North West University (NWU) and a Visiting Professor at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) in the United States. He and his wife Lanae are blessed with five children. Some sermons are available online at Sermon Audio.

Dr Japie Malan

BA (Theology), BD, ThM, PGCHE, PhD (New Test.)

BA (Theology), BD, Th.M, PGCHE (Pret), PhD (in New Testament). He served as a chaplain in the SADF after his initial studies. Thereafter he ministered as a pastor in two Dutch Reformed congregations and started and taught at the Trichardt Bible School. In 1994 he founded a faith mission: “Adullam”, near Secunda, which is a non-profit organisation for the spreading of the Gospel and the upliftment of the previous disadvantaged communities in the region. He has been serving as chair person and director for Adullam Trust since its founding. He has been serving as Head Teacher for Adullam Christian Academy  for the past 14 years and taught there. He has also been involved in evangelistic meetings in different areas in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. He is the manager at the Johannesburg campus of Mukhanyo and also lecturers there.

Rev. Isaac Maleke - Dean of Students

BTh, BA (Hons)

​B.Th, B.A. Hon., serves as the Head of Student Support at Mukhanyo. In addition to lecturing and leadership on the Executive Committee, he provides pastoral support for our students and works to strengthen their spirituality. Rev. Maleke is an alumnus of the college and also serves as senior pastor in Tweefontein, a community of the greater KwaMhlanga area.

Rev. Antonio Coppola - Durban Centre Manager

BA (Hons), MDiv

Rev. Antonio Coppola (B.A. Hons, M.Div.), is currently the manager of the Mukhanyo Durban Advanced Learning Centre. He is also the pastor of Covenant Waterfall Presbyterian Church, a church plant in the western suburbs of Durban. Prior to this, Antonio studied his Master’s degree at Westminster Seminary California. He also was on the pastoral staff of St. Agnes Anglican Church, Kloof, for nine years.

Rev. Ashley Govender - Part-Time Lecturer

DipTh, DipM, BMiss, BTh, BA (Hons), MTh

Ashley Govender (Dip. Th, Dip. Min, B. Miss., BTheol, BA Hons, MTh) converted from Hinduism and after graduating from seminary was ordained in 1991. He was seconded to the AFM Seminary in 1990, where he served as a lecturer, senior lecturer and campus head for KZN. He has also taught for the Covenant Bible College (DBN), Auckland Park Theological Seminary, AFM Seminary and also serves as a facilitator with NWU. He has been involved in various pastoral, counseling and leadership programmes with churches in Phoenix, Verulam, Isipingo and Pinetown, and currently is an itinerant preacher and teacher. Ashley attends the Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Dr Gerrit Heino - Education Manager / Pretoria Centre Manager

BSc, BEd, BTh (CHE); BTh (Hons) BTh. MTh, DTh

BSc, BEd (VU – Amsterdam); BTh (CHE); Hons BTh. MTh and DTh (UNISA), serves as a lecturer and is currently the acting manager of the Pretoria Advanced Learning Centre. Gerrit was born in the Netherlands and was trained as a computer programmer in 1974 while studying part time for BSc and BEd. In 1980 he changed career and joined Education. His first qualification in Theology was obtained in 1987. In 1986 he and his wife, José, came to South Africa where he served as teacher and principal in the previous Bophuthatswana. In 1991 they returned to the Netherlands and Gerrit started teaching at the Driestar College in Gouda and from 1996 at the Wartburg College in Rotterdam. In the meanwhile, he continued studies in Theology and also followed three accredited courses for Supervisor, Learning Supervisor and Certified Coach. Gerrit and his wife returned to South Africa in 2017 when he joined Mukhanyo. 

Rev. Jonathan Holdt - Full-Time Lecturer

BCom, MCom, MA, MTh

Rev. Holdt (BCom, MCom, MA, MTh) is currently pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Lyttelton, Pretoria. He began his ministry in 1997 at Hillcrest Baptist church where he pastored for 7 years before moving to Bethany Baptist in 2005. He is married to Adele and they have three children, Joshua, Charissa and Andrew. He completed his theological studies through the London Theological Seminary in 1997. He then went on to complete his Masters in Pastoral Theology in 2003 as well as a Masters in Theology in 2015. His desire in the ministry is to see the church built up in faith, sinners come to saving faith in Jesus Christ and preachers of the gospel raised up for the glory of God and the extension of his Kingdom on earth.

Dr Jacob Igba - Full-Time Lecturer

Dip. in Law (ABU) LTh, BTh, BA(Hons), MA, PhD

Dr Jacob Igba, Diploma in Law, LTh, BTh, BA (Hons), MA, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at Mukhanyo Theological College. He studied at Ahmadu Bello University, the Bible Institute of South Africa, and George Whitefield College. His Masters in NT (with an emphasis on Systematic theology and Biblical exegesis) and Ph.D. (specialising in NT Socio-historical studies) were completed at North-West University, Potchefstroom. He also completed a certification in Postgraduate supervision at the Africa Doctoral Academy of Stellenbosch University. As a missionary with Africa Inland Mission, Jacob fulfils the role of Southern Africa mobilising coordinator and also serves on the Executive leadership of Global Mobilization Network.

Rev. Lance Laughton - Full-Time Lecturer

Dip. (Datametrics), LTh, BA (Th), BA (Hons), MA (Th)

Rev. Laughton (Dip (Datametrics), LTh, BA (Th), BA (Hons), MA(Th)) is currently Area Co-Ordinator for the Baptist Northern Association since 2015. He began his ministry in 2000 at Central Baptist Church, Pretoria, where he served for 5 years before moving to Wychwood Baptist Church which he pastored for 10 years. He is married to Kathy and they have three children, Keren-Amy, Taryn and Jared. He completed his theological studies through the Bible Institute in Kalk Bay in 1999. He then went on to complete his Masters in New Testament and Hermeneutics in 2004. He is passionate about preaching and the establishment and health of the local church.

Dr Eben le Roux - Rustenburg Centre Manager


Dr Eben le Roux is the manager of our Rustenburg Advanced Learning Centre since April 2019. Previously a lecturer in environmental management at the University of Pretoria, Eben spent the last seven years in Botswana as a missionary, coordinating Bible translation work amongst the San people and establishing a Christian NGO called Botshelo Trust, of which he is still a board member.

Rev. Paul Mahlangu - Senior Lecturer

BTh, BA (Hons)

​B.Th., B.A. Hon., since 1985 he has served as the Pastor in the Church of Jesus Christ, Tweefontein District and serves on he KwaNdebele Regional Executive Committee. He also leads a few Mukhanyo Distance Learning Support Centres and does other church based pastors training programmes.

Mr Jacques Malan - Programme Manager: Unaccredited Certificate Programmes


M.Th., came to saving faith in Christ at the age of 17 and has had a burden to reach others with the gospel since then. He first worked as a civil engineer in Pretoria, but soon felt led by the Lord to full-time Christian ministry. From 1995 to 2014 he served full-time with the Dorothea Mission. As evangelist, he was part of a multi-cultural team, first in South Africa and then in Namibia. Later he also lectured at the Dorothea Bible College and was appointed as Director of the Dorothea Mission. He has a strong vision for promoting biblical evangelism and preaching in Southern Africa and joined the Mukhanyo staff in January 2015. He obtained a L.Th. (BISA), a B.Th. Honours (SATS) and his M.Th. through the Baptist Theological College.

Dr Peter Manzanga - Programme Manager: Diploma in Theology

Dip (Bib.Stud.), BA Theo. (Hons), MA (New Test.), PhD

Dr Peter Manzanga (Dip. in Biblical Studies, BA.Th., BA. Hons., MA. NT., PhD) is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Manager at Mukhanyo Theological College (MTC). He is a former lecturer and principal of Rusitu Bible College for many years. He later pastored Hatfield United Baptist Church in Harare. Dr Manzanga has also taught modules at Harare Theological College and Mukhanyo Theological College in South Africa before and joined MTC full-time in May 2017. He is married to Alice and are blessed with three girls and three boys.

Rev. Tebogo Rakgalakane - Full-time Lecturer

BTh Hons.

​BTh Hons, is minister of the Reformed Church Mamelodi (GKSA) since 2019, having served as a minister in the Free Reformed Church (VGK-SA) for 12 years. He graduated from Mukhanyo and has served Mukhanyo in many ways, including as a lecturer for more than 12 years and as leader of three distance groups.

Mrs Amanda Nel - Full-Time Lecturer

BA; HOD (Hons)

BA; HOD Hons, lectures English and Study Skills at Mukhanyo’s KwaMhlanga campus and is also responsible for Compliance matters. She was a teacher at various government schools and later at the Gereformeerde Skool Dirk Postma in Pretoria. She has also been involved in adult training in Microsoft Project and MS Office programmes. Amanda is passionate about training and teaching and counts it a blessing to be able to work and teach in a Christian environment. Amanda and her husband are living near Bronkhorstspruit and are members of the Reformed Church there.

Dr Greg Phillips - Academic Registrar

BScEng (Chem.), LTh, BA Theo. (Hons), MA (Old Test.), PhD (New Test.)

BSc. Eng. (Chemical), LTh, BA Hons in Theology, MA (Old Testament), PhD (New Testament), joined Mukhanyo in January 2019 as senior lecturer and academic registrar. Greg was as a Baptist minister in Zimbabwe for four years. He has served for over fifteen years as a lecturer in biblical studies and as academic dean or registrar in two Bible Colleges in SA.

Dr Victor Pillay - Full-Time Lecturer

BTh (Hons), MTh, PhD (Missiology)

B.Th. Hons, MTh, PhD in Missiology, is a full-time lecturer at our Pretoria learning centre. Victor has been involved with lecturing and co-ordination the Academic Support Programme at the University of KwaZulu/Natal (USAID) for 5 years. Since 2005 he has served as the minister of Reformed Church in Africa, Charisma congregation in Laudium. He is also the actuary of the RCA National Synodical Committee and the chairman of the Mission Japan Committee.

Dr John Span - Full-Time Lecturer

BSc. Agr., MCS, ThM, PhD

Dr John W. Span (BSc. Agr., MCS, Th.M., PhD) is a Senior Lecturer at Mukhanyo Theological College. He is a commissioned pastor in the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA), sent to South Africa in 2020 by Global Scholars Canada. Dr Span was formerly the Vice-Principal of the Alexandria School of Theology in Egypt. He is a founding member of the Southgate Fellowship of Reformed missiologists, Biblical Missiology, and a contributor to the Arlington Statement on Bible translation. He and his wife Anne have three adult children.

Dr Anneke Viljoen - Full-Time Lecturer

BTh, MDiv, MA, PhD (Old Test)

Dr Anneke Viljoen, BTh, MDiv, MA (Ancient Language- & Culture studies), PhD (Old Testament studies) serves as administrator, assistant librarian and lecturer in formative subjects at the Mukhanyo Theological College Durban Advanced Learning Centre.

Mr Glyn Williams - Distance Manager & Full-Time Lecturer

AdvDipTh, BTh (Hons), MTh candidate

(BTh, BTh Hons, MTh candidate) Since completing his BTh in 1996, Glyn has served in various capacities in leading youth ministries, Sunday Schools, men’s ministries, Bible studies and sound engineering. In 2006 after working in retail pharmacy for 11 years, Glyn completed his Certificate in Small Business Management and went on to start Grace Media with his wife, Linda – a Christian book supplier, serving churches, ministries and Bible colleges in South Africa on a mail order basis. He serves as a pastor at Edenvale Community Church, is an itinerant speaker, and assists with the facilitating of an expository preachers group on the East Rand. Glyn received his Honours in Theology at SATS and is currently working on his Masters in Theology. He began lecturing part-time at Mukhanyo Johannesburg in 2016. In 2018 he was appointed as full-time lecturer and manager of Mukhanyo’s Local Learning programme.

Rev. Benjamin Zulu - Full-Time Lecturer

BTh, BA (Hons), Greek (Hons), MDiv, MA (Greek)

B.Th, BA Hons, Greek Hons, M.Div, M.A Greek (progress), was first a lecturer at KwaMhlanga campus and is since 2019 at the Johannesburg Advanced Learning Centre. He is an alumnus of Mukhanyo. From 2008 to 2010, he was involved with the establishment of what was then called “Sunnyside Multi Cultural Church, in Pretoria. From 2011 to 2015 he worked under the guardianship of Prof. R. Hobyane to the spiritual growth of Promosa Reformed Church. He is currently ministering in the Reformed Church Mooifontein, English service, in Kempton Park.

Rev. Neil Henry - Regional Coordinator and Senior Lecturer

Dip Ed, BTh, BTh (Honours), MTh (Missiology)

Dr Barend Hefer

Rev. Henning Dafel


Dr. Patrick Nanthambwe

Chris Viljoen

Dr Juan Mienie


Dr Juan Mienie is a part time Lecturer at Mukhanyo Theological College, Rustenburg. He is a minister of the Reformed Churches of South Africa (GKSA), in the border town of Zeerust, North West Province. He is married to Adéle and they have a son, Johan.

Wessel Cronje

Dr Daniel de Kock

BA; ThB; ThM; PhD

Dr. Daniël J de Kock (BA; ThB; ThM; PhD) is a part time lecturer at Mukhanyo Theological College (Rustenburg). He is a pastor emeritus of the Reformed Churches of South Africa (GKSA). He served as a minister in three congregations namely Venterstad (1983 – 1987); Pietersburg-Suid (1988 – 2005) and Krokodilrivier ( 2005 – 2019). He and his wife Venita are blessed with 3 sons an a daughter and they are grandparents of four grandchildren.

Greg Denysschen

Mrs Anne Span

B. Chris. Stud., ESL teacher certifications

Anne Span (B. Christian Studies, English as a Second Language [ESL] teacher certifications) is a part-time lecturer for the Focus English courses at Mukhanyo Theological College. She serves with Global Scholars Canada. She has also served in Egypt for 3 years where she started an English program and oversaw an Arabic Translation of the New Bridges English Curriculum. She has also trained ESL teachers in Egypt and Canada. She and her husband, John have three adult children.

Ps. Karabo Msiza

Rev. Arthur Pringle

Dr Charles van Zyl

Dip. Ch.Ed, BA, BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Dr Charles Van Zyl (Dip. Christian Education; BA Degree; BA Honours English;  BA Honours Biblical Studies; MA Biblical Studies; Ph.D). Lecturer at Mukhanyo Theological College, ordained minister with the Baptist Union. Currently pastor of the Riverlea Baptist Church. Previously principal of two high schools and one primary school. Was part of the Bible Band Youth and Camping Ministry as board member and young adult leader for more than 20 years.

Rev. Gesse Rios - Full-Time Lecturer

Dip (Religious Education), Dip (Missiology), BTh

Dip. Religious Education., B.Th., Dip. Missiology. Studied at the Biblical Institute of the North, the Presbyterian Seminary of the North and the CPAJ-Mackenzie University. He was a resident pastor of the Presbyterian Church Lirio dos Vales until 1994 when he was called into trans-cultural missionary work for IPB-Presbyterian Church of Brazil. He worked for 2 years in Beira, Mozambique, in the Bible Institute of Sofala where he taught Church History and Systematic Theology. He then went on to do outreach work with refugees in Cape Town, South Africa for the Presbyterian Agency of Transcultural Mission of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil (APMT/IPB), from 2002-2016. Since 2009 he has been appointed as APMT’s mission director for the Southern Africa region.  He relocated to Pretoria during 2018 and joined the Mukhanyo Faculty on a part-time basis. Rev Gesse Rios and his wife Iolanda have been married for 30 years and they have 3 sons: Guilherme, Philipe and Leonardo.

Rev. Michael Rogers


After matriculating from St. John’s College Michael spent several years at Pretoria University studying Mechanical Engineering. He started several businesses before he was sent to plant Heritage Baptist Church in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg.
He received his Bachelor of Theology degree from John Wycliffe Theological College and his Honours from North West University. He has taught on Radio Impact and Radio Pulpit, has had several articles published and has lectured at John Wycliffe Theological College. He is a Trustee of FOCUS and a Director of Harvest Missions. He also lectures Biblical Theology, Preaching and Apologetics at Mukhanyo Theological College Johannesburg Campus.
Michael is married to the amazing Natalie Rogers and the Lord has blessed them with three lovely children, Caleb, Calvin, and Lisbon. In his spare time Michael likes to read, play golf, watch Liverpool FC (Depending on how they are playing!) and write about himself in the third person. SDG