Bible Institute of South Africa Lecturers

Daniel Simango 2017 2Daniel Simango - Principal

BA LTh  BA(Hons) MA(OT) PhD

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). In his PhD thesis, entitled An Exegetical Study of Imprecatory Psalms in the Old Testament, Dr Simango engages in a three-dimensional reading of five Hebrew Psalms, representative of the so-called imprecatory psalms, where the suppliant calls upon God to afflict malevolent enemies. Few areas in Old Testament theology have puzzled scholars as much as these psalms since they appear to pose an ethical problem in the light of the New Testament teaching of loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us. Dr Simango's text-based and text oriented exegetical study offers an innovative approach to the study of the imprecatory psalms, allowing a fuller grasp of the content, context and message of these psalms.

Dr Simango has many years of Christian ministry experience. He served as a pastor of United Baptist Church in Zimbabwe for five years. He served as registrar and lecturer at Harare Theological College (HTC) in Harare for four years. He served as Academic Dean at Rusitu Bible College (RBC) in Chimanimani for a year. He has taught a wide range of biblical subjects at both colleges.

Dr Simango served as a part-time lecturer at the Bible Institute of South Africa from 2008-2009. He also served as a part-time lecturer at George Whitefield College (GWC) from 2008-2011. In 2010, the Bible Institute of South Africa Board of Governors appointed Dr Simango as a full-time lecturer. At the Bible Institute of South Africa, Dr Simango lectures Old Testament and Hebrew courses to the undergraduate students. He also supervises post-graduate students in Old Testament studies.

Dr Simango is an Affiliate Lecturer of Old Testament at North-West University and has been nominated as an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer 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 also serves as an elder at Kalk Bay Community Church.

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


Gideon Beukes 2017 2Gideon Beukes - Vice Principal

BA BT  MTh  MA Miss.

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. Gideon is currently working on the story of the Bible Institute of South Africa. 
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 mostly 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.
Gideon and Madel, together with their children, are actively involved in their local Church. 

Tim Churchill 2017 2

 Tim Churchill - Academic Dean

BA  BSc MDiv ThM PhD New Testament, London School of Theology (Brunel)

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 they have a son and three daughters.


Pete Smuts 2017 2Pete Smuts - Dean 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 CESA 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.

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 (Tyndale House, 2017).

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


Victor Kuligin 2017 2Victor Kuligin 


Victor Kuligin grew up in the United States but has served in Africa since 1994. He has an MA in Biblical Studies from Wheaton Graduate School and an MTh in Church History and DTh in Systematic Theology from the University of Stellenbosch. He worked for fourteen years in Namibia as Lecturer and Academic Dean at Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS) and has travelled extensively throughout Africa as a guest lecturer in countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Rwanda. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Wheaton College and Trinity Christian College in America. He is the author of several journal articles and several books, 'Ten Things I Wish Jesus Never Said' (Crossway, 2006), also published in Portuguese and Korean, 'The Language of Salvation: Discovering the Riches of What It Means to Be Saved' (Weaver Book Company, 2015) and 'Snubbing God: The High Cost of Rejecting God's Created Order' (Weaver, 2017).  Victors latest book, co-authored with Dr Bob Yarbrough and published in English and Afrikaans is a Devotional, 'In Christ Alone' (Christian Art, 2017)  
Victor is married to Rachel and they have five children.



Matt Haynes 2017 2Matt Haynes - Adjunct 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 2018 staff portraitPaul Karstens - Dean of Students

LTh MTS PhD (Candidate)

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, Homiletics and Christian Ethics. He is the Dean of students and is involved in the off-campus training of pastors and leaders in the Christian Leadership Programme and the wider Church community.

Paul is married to Marilyn and they have three children, two of whom are studying  at BISA.



Neil Henry 2017 2Neil Henry - Director, Christian Leadership Programme

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

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 studying Oceanography.



Karl Peterson 2017 2Karl Peterson

BA  MDiv  DMin

After studying Bible at Emmaus Bible College (Chicago, USA) Karl studied geology, physics and computer science at the University of Colorado.  He received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Karl served on the pastoral staff of a Christian Brethren church in Philadelphia before moving to Mozambique in 1995.   The Petersons served an indigenous denomination in Mozambique until 2011 – church planting and directing the Centre for Theological Education in Maputo.  Karl served as Mozambique coordinator for the Brazilian book publisher Editora Fiel and Regional Director for the Emmaus Correspondence School in Mozambique.  Karl has served as the local organiser for the African Pastors Conference ministry in Mpumalanga and Swaziland, a conference and literature ministry which seeks to equip undertrained pastors in southern African townships.  Karl's doctoral Applied Research Project Dissertation from Westminster Seminary is entitled "HEALTHY CHURCHES FOR AFRICAN CITIES:  CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR CHURCH PLANTERS IN MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE'. 
In 2003 the Petersons moved to Barberton, Mpumalanga from where they carried out their work in Mozambique and pastored the Barberton Community Baptist Church.  Karl began teaching at the Bible Institute in 2012, where he teaches Missions, Philosophy/Apologetics, Pentateuch, and Historical Theology.  Glynn worked as a paediatric surgical nurse at the Children’s Hospital in Seattle and in a paediatricians’ office in Philadelphia and has mission experience in Ecuador.  

Karl is married to Glynn and they have six children.



Lorna Bucklow 2018 staff portraitLorna Bucklow - Registrar,  
Women in Ministry, Academic and Computer Literacy, 

LTh, BA Honours (Th)

Lorna graduated from BISA  after a twenty-year career in Financial Management.    Not only our Registrar handling all BISA study applications, Lorna's great interest is discipling and Biblical based counselling women of all ages and cultures. Her interests are reading (all and anything, especially WW2 history, Tolkien and the Russian classics) and craftwork and beading. 



Christo April 2018 staff portrait

Christo April -  Christian Leadership Programme Administrative Officer

BTh BA (Hons)

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 2017 2Tim Galage - New Testament Studies

MDiv ThM.

Tim, 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.  His wife is involved in mentoring lady students.  Tim and Therese serve in SA with Mission to the World.  They have two adult daughters, Stephanie and Becky




Corne Blaauw 2017 2Corne Blaauw - Philosophy

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, live in Muizenberg.




greg-cookGreg Cook - Biblical based Counselling

Greg Cook has been associate pastor at  Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth Texas since 1995 and the founder and director of Soul Care since 2004.

He graduated with a Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counselling, Masters in Counselling from Amberton University, and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Greg travels to RSA bi-annually to conduct the Biblical Based Counselling Course at BISA.

Greg is married to Nancy and they have three daughters.




David Fitz-Patrick website image

David Fitz-Patrick

BA(Hons) HDLIS  SALIS Dip. Theology (Bible Institute of South Africa) 

Mr David Fitz-Patrick joined the Bible Institute in 1988.  David is the BISA Librarian, handling all book and journal acquisitions plus overseeing the conversion of library data from Dbase 3-plus format to  MARC (Machine Readable Cataloguing) in preparation for conversion to Mandarin Library Automation Programme. His background experience includes running several city libraries, some with an issue of 600,000 books.

What's his favourite hobby? Reading, of course.

 the BISA Angels

BISA angels 2017

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

From top left, clockwise, 

Dalene Gordon,  Roxton and Residences housekeeping

Gibson Tshikini, Gardener and Groundsman

Monica Speak, Kitchen Chef

Florence Thandi Ntsibande,  Kitchen and Housekeeping





Bible Institute of South Africa Administrative Staff

From left: Maurice Espin BISA Administrator, Mary Ann Vosloo Bookkeeper & Reception,  Gibson Tshikini Groundsman, Lorna Bucklow Lecturer and Registrar, Cynthia Human DLP coordinator, Kathy Noland Student Recruitment, Brett Saunders Administrative Assistant and Daniel Simango, BISA Principal.

Official Principal with Admin staff 2017 2