Reach Africa’s mission is to serve and empower people to make a difference in the world around them by provoking them toward a passionate relationship with Jesus Christ. The gospel compels us to engage the holistic needs of those around us in a way that brings transformation to individuals, communities and nations. We want to use every means available to fulfill this mission.
Leslie leads initiatives at Mokone Primary School in Langa teaching Math and leading Bible Clubs, among other things. Tim serves as General Director of Scripture Union South Africa (www.su.org.za), an international youth ministry organisation. In addition, both are involved at their local church, Commonground Church, Bosch PM, (www.commongroundchurch.co.za) where Tim is on the eldership team.
They have also been assisting the Unakho Children's Home at Barcelona Baptist Church since 2009. This is a ministry run by Pastor Julius Bonani and his wife Irene. They currently care for 35 orphaned and/or abandoned children in a very poor informal settlement called 'Barcelona,' in Gugulethu township, Cape Town.
Tim is a graduate of Liberty University and was self-employed as a property developer prior to the family move to South Africa in 2003. He completed a BA Honours (Theology) degree in 2008, an MA (Theology) in 2010 from the University of Pretoria, and a Ph.D. (Science of Religion and Missiology) in 2017, also with the University of Pretoria.
Leslie is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College and obtained Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master's degrees from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She was employed at Virginia Tech prior to moving to South Africa. They were involved in Youth Ministry at their home church, Blacksburg Christian Fellowship and served for a number of years as Team Leaders/Project Directors with Teen Mania Ministry/Global Expeditions, leading groups of young people on mission adventures in many parts of the world.
Tim and Leslie have 2 sons--James and William. James is married to MacKenzie and works as a veterinary assistant in Norfolk, VA. William is currently living and working in Cape Town.
South Africa is an amazing country filled with incredible diversity. Our desire is to join with the local church to facilitate a movement of the gospel that engages poverty and inequality in a way that makes Jesus known and worshipped.