In the New Testament, churches are led by a team of elders, also know as shepherds, pastors or overseers – terms used interchangeably to describe the same person (1 Pet 5:1-2; Acts 20:17, 28) – and are qualified men according to 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-10. At GodFirst Fourways we use the terms elder and pastor.
Although elders are the highest human authority in the local church, they are following Jesus, the chief-shepherd and Head of the church universal. Ultimately, they will give an account to Him for their stewardship.
The Eldership Team
Stephen & Jo Jack
Stephen leads the eldership team that leads the church and works full time at the church. He is married to Jo who works part time as a teacher. They have 3 kids; Thomas, Elise and Naomi. Stephen and Jo planted GodFirst Church Fourways in 2010. While Jo is an avid artist, Stephen is a life-long fan of Leicester City Football Club and recently competed his first comrades marathon.
AJ & Kerry Semple
AJ works full time for an engineering company. He is married to Kerry, who is a pre-school teacher and they have three kids Chloe, Sarah and Matt. He loves adventure sports, from skydiving, to mountain biking to kite surfing but considers marring Kerry as his greatest adventure.
Glen & Belinda Lumley
Glen is married to Belinda and they have 2 high schools kids Keegan and Kelly. He runs an IT based company and Belinda is a teacher. The family all excel on the sports field and Glen admits to more often than not trailing home in last place on a family run!
JP & Bel Lubbe
JP is happily married to Bel, having been high school sweet-hearts. 11 years of marriage and 3 boys later JP is now the headmaster at HeronBridge Prep and Bel is a freelance copy editor. JP is happiest when being active, whether on a court, field or the road. Bel is happiest when he is doing none of these but rather is at home looking after his 3 boys, James, Samuel and Luke.
Paul & Michelle Anderson
Paul is originally from Zimbabwe and came to South Africa for varsity, where he met Michelle and as a result never went home! He is an economist and Michelle is in corporate banking. They have three children Luke, Rachel and Nathan. Seldom will you find the Anderson home without a few extra guests or visitors – hospitality is who they are.