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Alan1

Nickname

Alan1

Gender

Male

Country

South Africa

Zip

1020

Looking for

Marriage Minded

Marital Status

Widowed

Christian Affiliation

Reformed but not Affiliated

Race

Mixed

Height

5' 7"

Build

Medium

Eye Color

Blue

Hair Color

Gray

College /University

Life Enrichment Ministries

Bible Institute of Kalk Bay

Christ Seminary

Grace School of Ministry

South African Theological Seminary (Most recent completed 2019)

Ongoing Autonomous Research

Graduation Year

2019

Level of education

Masters

Employment

Full Time

Occupation

Counselling Pastor (Nouthetic)

Company

Living Hope Church Pretoria

Seeking Ethnicity (those I am willing to date)

Caucasian

My ideal place to live

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My view on smoking

I don't smoke and I don't like to be around smokers

My view on drinking

I don't drink, but don't mind others drinking in moderation

On the subject of children

I have children and don't want any more

Tell us about your family. How do you feel about relocating?

I am established in the ministry to which God has called me, and have extensive plans for future development. I have no present desire to relocate.

How old were you when you were drawn to Christ and how is your Christian walk these days?

I made a profession of faith in 1981 and lived a low-level Christianity until 1998 when the Lord took hold of me and transformed me. I started studying theology at that time and have been quite consumed by it until now. I absolutely love Christian life and ministry and long for Christ’s return.

How have the Doctrines of Grace changed or affected your life?

The doctrines of grace define me. I understand, both from my own depravity and from that which I see in ministry and in the world around me, that the sovereign electing grace of God is my only hope and the only hope of those to whom I minister.  It is the doctrines of grace that bring me a peace and contentment in this life that the darkness cannot shake.

Do you have a "Quiet Time?" What are you studying?

I am continually in the text. I read through the Bible repeatedly in the mornings, and then at different times in the day I do deep studies into texts or topics. I have recently completed a very satisfying study in John 1, am currently working on the parable of the sower in Matthew 13, and will soon start a study in the first chapter of Colossians. After that, there will be something else exciting.

Who is your favorite Biblical Character and why?

Apart from Jesus (of course), I love king David. When reading through the Old Testament, David suddenly emerges on the scene with a beautiful and different demeanour.  He brings in music and passion in personal devotion to God. I like him a lot.

Are you content being single? Why? If not, why?

I am content to be single, or in whatever state God chooses to place me.

What are four qualities your friends would attribute to you?

Easy going

Consistent

Faithful

Friendly

Hopeful

What are three things you are most thankful for?

The gift of life

The gift of spiritual life

The people around me

The privilege of ministry opportunity (Ok… I can count… I just have more to be thankful about :-))

Describe the character and personality traits you enjoy in another person? What are yours?

I believe the following are both traits I cultivate and enjoy in other people.

 

Contentment in Christ

Cheerfulness and friendliness

Easygoing nature

Valuing relationships

Other than your parents, who has been the most influential person in your life and how?

Joshua Mack. He is a remarkable example of hope, humility and passion for Christ that spills over into really practical Christian living. He is hugely gifted, gracious and driven for Christ. God knows how I have changed again and again as a result of what I have seen in him as we have worked together as co-pastors.

What contributed to your previous relationship/marriage ending?

It pleased the Lord to take my wife home to glory in 2012, very suddenly. We had enjoyed joyful and fulfilling companionship for 19 years.

How long have you been on your own since and what did you to do get through it?

Since 2012. I have committed myself to making myself more useful to Christ in His church in my current state. Even though I have days when the sadness of the loss touches me again, I certainly don’t waste days lamenting the past. I have more hope for the future than can be contained in my skin 🙂

Favorite lines from movies, poems, songs, hymns or Scripture you would like to tell us about?

Do not dread the loss as much as you anticipate the glory (Adapted from a Piper sermon)

 

A little a lot and not a lot a little (Adapted from Berkhof’s Systematic Theology).

What type of work do/did you do?

Operational medic in the army

Paramedic in Johannesburg

Manager of a Christian Rehabilitation Centre

Pastor in Pretoria

How long have you been/were you in that line of work? Do/you enjoy it?

I love my current pastoral work. This is how I want to spend the forseeable future.

Do you have any life-long goals? What are they?

I am currently working on research design for an autonomous research project that examines what is at the heart of interracial disunity within Gauteng Evangelical Churches. This should take a few years to complete, but after that, based on my research, I hope to develop material for training Biblical Counsellors in the African context, building on the current training through ACBC Africa (Association of Certified Biblical Counsellors Africa). I’m hoping my material will be helpful not only in South Africa but also in other African countries and possibly further afield too, where such disunity is experienced in evangelical churches.

Where were you born and where have you traveled?

I was born in Ermelo in what is now called Mpumalanga. I have travelled to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, Namibia, Australia, and USA.

About Me

From my marriage, I have two daughters living with me. They are godly girls. The first also loves Biblical Counselling and in addition to her ongoing studies in the field, has completed a Bth through SATS. She is 23 years old. The other is completing grade 11 at present.

My Interests

I have lived on a farm longer than I have lived anywhere else. I am a resourceful kind of guy and can repair almost anything. I have a range of academic and practical skills that ensures that I always have a long waiting list of things to do for people.

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