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Lecturers at the Bible Institute of South Africa

Daniel Simango  Principal   BA LTh BA(Hons) MA(Old Testament) PhD


Daniel Simango 2018PRINCIPAL

Dr Daniel Simango has a Licentiate in Theology (LTh) from the Bible Institute of South Africa (2000), a BA in Theology (cum laude), a BA Honours in Theology from Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (2002), and a MA in Old Testament from North West University (2006) followed by a PhD in Old Testament from North-West University (2011).

Dr Simango has many years of Christian ministry experience. He served as a pastor of United Baptist Church in Zimbabwe for a number of years.  He served as Academic Dean at Rusitu Bible College (RBC) in Zimbabwe.He also served as registrar and lecturer at Harare Theological College (HTC) in Harare for several years. 

Dr Simango served as a part-time lecturer at the Bible Institute of South Africa for two years. He also served as a part-time lecturer at George Whitefield College (GWC) for three years.

In 2010, the Bible Institute of South Africa Board of Directors appointed Dr Simango as a full-time Old Testament lecturer and they appointed him Principal of the college in 2014. Since then, Dr Simango serves as the Principal and he also lectures Old Testament and Hebrew courses to the undergraduate students. 

 Since 2014, Dr Simango has served as Extraordinary Researcher in the Unit for Reformed Theology and Development of the SA Society at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. He has had a number of articles published in local peer-reviewed Old Testament Academic Journals. He supervises and examines North-West University (NWU) post-graduate students in Old Testament studies.He also serves as an elder at Kalk Bay Community Church.

Dr Simango is married to Patience and they have two children.

Gideon Beukes Vice Principal BA BT MTh MA Missiology 

Gideon Beukes 2018Vice Principal

Gideon holds a BA from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, where he also obtained his BTh and his MTh (cum laude). His MTh dissertation was on the history of the Reformed churches in Lesotho.

In 2003 he received a second Masters degree, an MA Missiology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2008 he returned to SWBTS in Fort Worth for research on Martin Luther's theology.

For the first ten years of their marriage (1991-2001), Gideon and his wife Madel served as missionaries in Lesotho. They stayed in the Maluti mountains in a town called Mphaki, where both of them were teachers. Gideon was also called as the pastor of a local Basotho congregation during this time.

The LORD gave them three children while they were serving in the Mountain Kingdom. In 2001 God directed them to Fort Worth, Texas, for further theological studies. In 2003 the Beukes family returned to South Africa where Gideon was appointed as a faculty member at the Bible Institute (BISA).

At BISA he lectures primarily in New Testament, History of Christianity and Muslim Evangelism. From 2007 to 2014 he served BISA as the Dean of Students. In 2014 he was appointed as Vice Principal of BISA. In the second semester of 2018 he was Acting Principal while Dr. Simango was on sabbatical. Gideon and Madel, together with their children, are actively involved in their local Church.


Tim Churchill  Academic Dean    
BA  BSc MDiv ThM PhD New Testament, London School of Theology (Brunel)

Timj Churchill 2018Academic Dean

Rev. Dr Timothy Churchill received a BA in Mathematics (1989) and a BSc in Computer Science (1991) from Memorial University of Newfoundland, an MDiv (1998) and a ThM (1999) from Biblical Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. His ThM dissertation is entitled “The Apostle Paul's Damascus Road Experience: Theophany, Conversion, and Calling.”

He received a PhD (2008) from London School of Theology for a thesis entitled Divine Initiative and the Christology of the Damascus Road Encounter, published in 2010 by Pickwick (an imprint of Wipf and Stock).

Prior to joining BISA, Dr Churchill served as Lecturer and Academic Dean at Evangelical University (formerly the Theological College of Central Africa) in Ndola, Zambia from 2012 to 2016, where he taught courses in Biblical Hebrew and Greek, Exegesis, Biblical Theology, and Biblical Studies for both the Old and New Testaments.

He continues to serve as Postgraduate Lecturer with the South African Theological Seminary.

In 2009 Dr Churchill was ordained within the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches, and in 2011 he became a full member of Serving In Mission (SIM) Canada. Prior to his involvement in theological education, Dr Churchill accumulated more than 20 years of IT experience as a software developer, manager, and consultant for several companies in Canada and the United States.

Dr Churchill is married to Kristina, and together they have a son and three daughters.


Pete Smuts - Dean of Postgraduate Studies  BA LLB DipTh MAR PhD

Pete Smuts 2018Dean of Postgraduate Studies

Dr Peter Smuts graduated with a BA.LLB degree from the University of Cape Town, a Dip.Theol from the Bible Institute of South Africa, a Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Seminary California, and a PhD from Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. His doctoral dissertation was based on a study of Luke 21.

Dr Smuts has been admitted to practise law as both an Attorney and Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa. He has, however, not been active in the legal profession since 1985. He has many years of Christian ministry experience particularly in the area of university student ministry where he has filled a number of leadership positions. He functioned as the Acting Rector of St. Paul's REACHSA in Stellenbosch for a number of months and held the position of Adjunct Faculty at John Wycliffe Theological College in Gauteng for several years. He was a member of the Executive Committee and Council of ACTEA (The Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa) from 2013-2016. He is currently a certified assessor for ACTEA accreditation. His teaching and preaching ministry extends beyond the campus and borders of South Africa.

He joined the Faculty of the Bible Institute of South Africa in July 1996. Since that time he has held a variety of administrative and academic positions at the college including Dean of Students, Dean of Graduate Studies, Vice Principal, Acting Academic Dean and Acting Principal. He teaches New Testament Interpretation, Homiletics, New Testament Greek and Biblical Theology. He has had a number of articles published in a local theological journal and is the author of Mark by the Book: A New Multidirectional Method For Understanding the Synoptic Gospels (P&R, 2013). He is also a contributor to the Africa Study Bible (Oasis International, 2017).

Dr. Smuts is married to Dagmar, and they have a son, three daughters and two grandsons.


Matt Haynes  AAS BS MDiv MTh(OT) ATP

Matt Haynes SMALLAdjunct Lecturer

Matt holds degrees from Bob Jones University, Columbia International University, Covenant Theological Seminary and North-West University (Potchefstroom). He is also rated as an Airline Transport Pilot.

Matt, who grew up in a Christian home, came to faith in Christ at an early age. As a fourth generation pastor, he marvels at God’s faithfulness to his people from generation to generation. From 1998-2001 he served as a mission pilot with Flying Mission in Botswana. During that time he was able to fly missionaries, doctors, and patients in and out of most countries south of the Congo. It was a unique opportunity to see both the challenges and vibrancy of the African Church in many diverse settings.

In 2001 he and his family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was a captain at a US airline. While living in Minnesota he ministered in his local church as an elder and missions ministry team leader. Matt is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America and has been lecturing at the Bible Institute since 2012.

Matt has been married to Sarah for twenty-two years and they have a daughter and three sons.

Paul Karstens  Dean of Students 

Paul Karstens Feb 2018Dean of Students

Paul R. Karstens has a Licentiate in Theology from the Baptist Theological Seminary in Cape Town and a Master of Theological Studies from Toronto Baptist Seminary and Bible College in Canada. He is presently a doctoral candidate at the University of Stellenbosch. His dissertation title is “Preaching in the context of the Cape Flats: a homiletical evaluation of the contribution of expository preaching in the context of cultural transformation.”

Paul has served as a missionary to young people with Baptist Youth of South Africa and also as Youth Director of the Western Province Baptist Youth Association for five years. He was Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Tongaat, Kwazulu Natal (1989 – 1994) and Durban North Baptist Church (1996 – 1997). In 1997, he returned to Cape Town where he was born, to serve on the full-time faculty at the Bible Institute of South Africa where he teaches mainly in the areas of Practical Theology and Homiletics. He is the BISA Dean of students and is involved in the off-campus training of pastors in BISA's Christian Leadership Programme.
Paul is married to Marilyn and they have three children, two of whom have studied at BISA.

Neil Henry - Director, Christian Leadership Programme

Dip Ed. BA (Theol) BTh (Hons) MTh (Practical Theology) Stellenbosch


Neil Henry SMALLDirector, Christian Leadership Programme

Neil holds a Diploma in Education obtained at the Hewat College of Education 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 BISA 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, 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 working in Oceanography.


Lorna Bucklow - Registrar, Women in Ministry, Academic and Computer Literacy LTh, BA Honours (Th)

Lorna Bucklow 2018Registrar
Lorna graduated from BISA after a twenty-year career in Financial Management. She teaches the Academic Literacy Course as well as serving as BISA's Registrar, handling all enrolment and study applications.
Lorna's great interest is discipling and mentoring women of all ages and cultures, within a framework of  Biblical based counselling. 
Her interests are reading,  especially WW2 history, Tolkien and the Russian classics,  and craftwork and beading.

Louis Barry -  BComm, PCGD, LTh  Educational Technologist 


Louis Barry website 2018


Louis holds a B.Comm in Information Technology and Economics and PCGD (Professional Certificate in Graphic Design) from North West University. He is also a BISA alumnus (2014). Before joining BISA staff  he gained experience both as a full time, church based youth worker, and entrepreneurship and business consultant; with a main focus on corporate branding and web presence. He currently oversees the technological side of the online distance program and also assists in supporting the maintenance and further development of BISA's administrative and academic technologies.

He is married to Fébé and they have a son, Jacobus.








 Christo April - Christian Leadership Programme Administrative Officer BTh, BA (Hons)

Christo April 2018Christian Leadership Programme Administrative Officer

Before studying theology Christo worked in administration, editing and proofreading. In 2006 he graduated from Evangelical Bible College (Strandfontein) followed by management consultancy work, and then full-time Church Youth Leadership.

After receiving an Honours degree in theology through International College of Bible and Missions (ICBM) in Roodepoort, he began teaching part-time at Evangelical Bible College, eventually becoming full-time Lecturer and Registrar. Christo is an ordained minister and teaching elder in his church. He is an enrolled student in a structured Master of Theology (MTh) through South African Theological Seminary.

Bible Institute of South Africa Guest Lecturers


Tim Galage  New Testament Studies  MDiv ThM

Tim Galage websiteNew Testament StudiesTim, from New York State, became a Christian in his first year of college. After he and Therese were married he attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity school.

Tim served as a minister of Christian education in a local church before returning to business where he worked in commercial banking for 20 years. He was involved in Church leadership for 20 years in Richmond, Virginia.

He and Therese developed a burden for equipping leaders and to prepare himself Tim pursued a master of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, Missouri. As well as lecturing at the Bible Institute Tim will mentor leaders at various theological institutions in the greater Cape Town area.

Tim and Therese serve in SA with Mission to the World. They have two adult daughters, Stephanie and Becky




Jacob T. Igba - Church & Social Transformation

Dip. In Civil Law, L.Th, B.Th, B.A (Hons), M.A (New Testament), PhD (Candidate)


Jacob Igba for website

Jacob studied for a diploma in Civil law at Ahmadu Bello University Nigeria (1997), a combined licentiate in Theology (L.Th) and bachelor of Theology (B.Th., NWU) at the Bible Institute of South Africa (2010), Honours in Theology (B.A, Hons) George Whitefield College, Cape Town (2011), as well as a research Masters in Theology (New Testament) at the North West University (2013).

He is completing a PhD in New Testament at North West University, South Africa.

Jacob is married to Juliet and they are blessed with two sons, Melchizedek and Jeremiah. As a couple, Jacob & Juliet have both been actively engaged with ministry in various capacities for over 20 years. Jacob’s ministry experience includes University campus ministry, church planting, visiting faculty in the subjects of New Testament Studies, Contextual Christology, Theology and Missions.
Currently Jacob and Juliet are full members with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) international and fulfil the role of mobilizing coordinators responsible for equipping and training in the South Africa regional office of the Mission. AIM is driven by the plight of the unreached and is committed to seeing Christ centred churches especially among unreached African peoples in the continent and in diaspora.


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Corne Blaauw  LTh BA Hons MTh PhD (candidate)

As an alumnus of the BISA (LTh 2011, BA Hons 2012), Corné furthered his theological studies at the University of the Free State (MTh 2014) researching Jonathan Edwards. Presently he is serving as a pastoral intern at the United Evangelical Fellowship in Fish Hoek and working as a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). 

His areas of interests include reformed theology, philosophy, and history. He has published several academic articles in the Jonathan Edwards Studies Journal (JES) and A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, forthcoming).

When he is not doing any of the above, he enjoys playing and teaching chess, finding rare books, and exploring Cape Town's wide selection of coffee shops.  He and his wife Becky, also a past student of BISA, live in Muizenberg.



Carel Pienaar BTh(Hons) MA


Carel PienaarCarel received his Bth (2007) and his Hons. (2009) at BISA/NWU. From 2008-2011 Carel served as an assistant/youth pastor at Goodwood Baptist church. He later received his MA in Theology in Church History and Dogma (2013) at NWU. The title of his thesis is, 'Tertullian's theological conception of the Trinity in relation to his ecclesiastical and socio-political trajectories'. He is current serving as an assistant pastor at St. Peters Church, Fish Hoek, doing part-time lecturing at GWC and BISA in Early Church History.

He is married to Mariska and they have two children, Danielle and Talitha" 





Dr Chris Warton 


Chris Warton for website 1Chris is a medical doctor who trained in Zimbabwe. He emigrated to S.A. in 1978. He studied for 6months at BI, but then started lecturing anatomy at UCT Medical School. He retired from UCT at the end of 2017. Chris also works in the Psychiatric Outpatients Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital. Chris was very involved in student ministry at the Student Y at UCT for nearly 30yrs, with Roger n Les Palmer. He has also been on the Board at BI since the mid 80's, and was one of the founders of the John Wycliffe Christian School, Wynberg, now The Vine School in Rondebosch.

Chris is married to Sarah and they have 6 adult children, who all studied at BI. They have three little grandsons in Grahamstown.

The BISA Angels

Where would we be without these wonderful staff, indispensable to the running of the college?

BISA angels 2017

 From top left, clockwise:

 Roxton and Residences housekeeping:  Dalene Gordon
 Gardener and Groundsman:  Gibson Tshikini
 Kitchen Chef:  Monica Speak
 Kitchen and Housekeeping:  Florence Thandi Ntsibande

Administrative Staff 

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From left:
BISA Administrator: Maurice Espin

Bookkeeper & Reception: Mary Ann Vosloo

Groundsman: Gibson Tshikini

Lecturer and Registrar: Lorna Bucklow

DLP coordinator: Cynthia Human

BISA development: Kathy Noland

Administrative Assistant: Brett Saunders

BISA Principal: Daniel Simango