Global Perspectives: South Africa

In this episode, Dr. Bock, Michael van Andel, and Neil Henry discuss ministry in South Africa, focusing on its culture and challenges.

About the Contributors

Darrell L. Bock

Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary’s Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for 2000–2001, writes for the Christianity Today’s Places and Space series, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College, Chosen People Ministries, the Institute for Global Engagement, and Christians in Public Service (CIPS). His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on NT issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas. When traveling overseas, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston—live—even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over 40 years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son and is also a grandfather.

Michael van Andel

An investor by training, Michael has over a decade of experience in the institutional asset management field. He is also a co-founder of Truthwalk – a South African ministry committed to Biblical Discipleship and Leadership training. Michael interacts with entrepreneurial ventures and has an interest in biblical languages, exegesis and theology.   

Truthwalk strives to teach people that following Christ faithfully involves being a student/learner of the Bible and living out [walking] what we learn. In terms of particular focus areas, Truthwalk runs training events with visiting scholars, helps to facilitate bible reading groups at workplaces, and also seeks to encourage and help fund training for leaders in township areas. 

 

Neil Henry

Neil holds a Diploma in Education obtained at the Hewat College of Education in Cape Town and taught at Secondary School level for 11 years before entering full time ministry. He served in youth and outreach ministries for several years before commencing his studies at the Bible Institute of South Africa where he earned a BTh and BTh (Honours) from the University of Potchefstroom. He then served as pastor of the Simon’s Town Baptist church for four and half years before joining the BISA staff. He serves on the Christian Leadership Programme, known as the CLP  which provides training for indigenous pastors and church leaders. His passion is to develop and teach pastors and church leaders in the area of leadership and sound biblical preaching. He continues to work with Wayne Mack in the field of Biblical Counselling.  Neil also serves as the Pastor of the Metropolitan Evangelistic Church in Lavender Hill. Neil is married to Patricia and they have they have one daughter, Tahlia, who did the Gap Year at BISA and is currently studying Oceanography.