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WE ARE A PASSIONATE TEAM THAT LOVES JESUS AND LOVES OTHERS.
Tim Tucker: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Tim is originally from the UK but has been involved in Christian ministry in Africa since the late 1990's. Tim has a PhD in practical theology from North-West University and is passionate about the development of African leaders. He has authored The Pace Setter, a book focusing on mentoring emerging leaders. Tim joined The Message Trust in September 2013 in order to develop the first African Hub of The Message in Cape Town. He has three children; Caleb, Samuel and Erin
Luleka Domo: Director of Administration
Luleka is responsible for the day to day operations of our Message hub in Cape Town. She is also responsible for research on best practices of other ministry events and adapts learning to improve Message programs and also to initiate new relationships with other nonprofits and ministries that Message Trust can collaborate with. She has been working in the NGO development sector for more than 7 years. She has also worked for Stellenbosch University as a fundraiser with a focus on international markets. Luleka is passionate about youth development and seeing transformation South Africa.
Mark Slessenger: Chief Operations Officer (COO)
Mark received his B.A Theology Degree from Stellenbosch University and M.A in Organisational Leadership from Eastern University in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Mark oversees the program implementation of our teams across Cape Town. He also has over eleven years experience running holistic development programs in South African prisons. He is passionate about sharing God's love with youth at risk and to see them fulfil their God given potential. He is married to Kirsty and has two boys, Joel and Liam.
Kudzai Ndudzo: Bookkeeper
Kudzai joined The Message Trust in 2016 and oversees our bookkeeping for the charity and our different enterprises. Kudzai is originally from Zimbabawe and loves being in Cape Town.
Annalise Petersen: Executive PA to Chief Executive Officer
Annalise has started at The Message very recently and believes this is the purpose God has created her for. Her passion is the local church and the youth, especially youth-at-risk, and now has the opportunity to live her passion. There is a quote that says: "If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life," so, she claims she doesn't work, but lives to give God glory through what she does. She has been blessed to be married to her best friend and biggest supporter and motivator, Marlon. She did not join The Message Team, but says her family has just been extended!
Gail Roman: Executive PA to Chief Operations Officer
Gail graduated from The University of the Western Cape with a Masters Degree in Women & Gender Studies. Most recently as Western Cape Provincial Program Coordinator, she managed a programme in The Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS). The program is a national facility to develop and support the HIV mitigation programmes at South Africa's public Higher Education Institutions and TVET Colleges. Gail has done extensive work with grieving and bereaved persons which included youth. Her testimony of God's amazing grace upon her life is what persuades her to excel in everything she does. She has three very musically talented sons, Damian, Nathan and Joel.
Anja Morkel: Prayer Coordinator
Anja joined The Message in 2017 to assist in coordinating prayer initiative, and is also part of the Eden Network in Cape Town. After working in the publishing world for a number of years, she ventured into the NGO sector and has been providing marketing, networking and fundraising support to various Christian organizations across Africa since 2011. She is passionate about prayer, networking and interconnecting resources for sustainable transformation.
CREATIVE MEDIA Team
Alexis Horne: Creative Media Coordinator
Originally from the U.S., Alexis moved to Cape Town in 2017 to work with The Message Trust. She has found victory in overcoming a past of brokenness, addiction and several forms of abuse, which has caused her to develop a heart for the lost and broken, as well as a deep desire to stand up for and be a voice for others; especially when it comes to sharing the stories of those who have overcome and found victory in their lives through the help of Jesus Christ. Alexis is currently pioneering our Creative Media Team The Message will use as a platform to share positive stories of life-change and community transformation happening throughout Cape Town and South Africa.
Alexis just recently married her South African sweetheart, Vickus, and likes to claim that although she was born in the U.S., she is more South African than he is.
Siseko Ngwayishe: Creative Media Intern
Siseko first met The Message Trust whilst incarcerated in 2014. He joined our Message Enterprise Programme and became one of our outstanding students. Once released from prison Siseko showed great interest in graphic design and media. He joined Learn to Earn on a six month graphic design course and in August 2017, came on to full-time staff at The Message. Siseko runs all of our social media platforms and is using his graphic design skills to support our different mission teams.
Grant Porthen: Eden Network Coordinator
Grant first became a part of The Message when he and his wife, Stef, headed up our very first Eden Team in partnership with Jubilee Church in Salt River, Cape Town. Recently, Grant has transitioned into a new role within The Message as our Eden Network Coordinator where he will be expanding and overseeing Eden teams all over Cape Town. Grant and his wife have a strong passion and desire to see Christ made known in communities across Cape Town through the development of intentional, long-term relationships. Both of them graduated with a BA in Theology from George Whitfield College in Muizenburg and have recently welcomed their beautiful baby girl into the world earlier this year.
Fiona Milligan: Eden Network Administration
Fiona joined the Message Trust part-time after returning from 3 years in the USA - graduating from, and going on to co-direct Iris Global’s Leaders School as well as co-pioneering an anti-trafficking outreach organization for at-risk women.
She's a media professional by training, and has worked in diverse capacities for magazines, publications, newspapers and television. She loves South Africa, and is particularly passionate about channelling the experience she's gained from working in the creative industries into education, empowerment and advocacy. Above all else, she is driven and carried by God's love and longs to see more people encounter Him in a real way.
Mark Harrison: Gangstar Enterprise Business Manager
Mark hails from Cape Town & is passionate about Jesus & passionate about people. His desire is to see people reach their full potential Christ & be effective for the Kingdom. Mark comes with 15 years experience in both the retail & wholesale industry. He is also an ordained pastor with 5 years pastoral experience. Mark is married to Liesl & they have two children, Noah & Mia.
Jade Wyngaard: Soft Machine
Jade joined The Message Trust in October 2014 and is employed as part of the Soft Machine Enterprise team. He helps oversee all the bookings, marketing and deals directly with the clients. He was released from prison in 2014 and has taken the opportunity with The Message Trust with both hands. Jade is excited about the opportunities to expand the Soft Machine business and to use this opportunity to provide further opportunities and hope to others.
Xola Dingiswyao: Mess Cafe
Xola was the first trained barista in Message Trust and you will often see him serving the best cup of coffee in Cape Town! Xola joined Gangstar Enterprises in March 2016 and was released from prison in 2015. Xola is passionate about young people not making the same mistakes he made and regularly inspires youth in his free time. Xola lives in Samora Machel.
Simphiwe Thunzi: Mess Cafe
Simphiwe or 'Simpachino' as he likes to be called, joined our Mess Cafe in April 2017. Simphiwe was part of our Message Enterprise Programme in prison and did the Learn to Earn Barista training course in early 2017. Simphiwe loves making coffee, but more importantly loves telling his story of transformation and how God saved him from a life of crime and gangsterism.
Vuyo Nyabaza: Prison Coordinator
Vuyo is a former Cape Town gangster who loves God and is very passionate about reaching young people in prison. Vuyo joined The Message in January 2015 and oversees our discipleship and character development programmes in prisons.
Mthetheleli Ngaxa: Prison Coordinator
Mthetheleli (MT) was part of our Message Enterprise Programme in Drakenstein Correctional Services. MT was released in early 2016 and joined The Message as one of our early Gangstar apprentices. During this time MT developed a hunger and passion for business and to go back to prison and teach our business curriculum back in prison.
Gavin Wessels: Reintegration Officer
Gavin joined The Message in August 2017. He has a wealth of experience of working with youth at risk in South Africa. Previously Gavin worked with the Salesian Institute and Rhema Service Foundation helping young people from tough backgrounds. He is passionate about giving young people the platform to change and live a better life. Gavin works with young men out of our prison programme. This includes equipping them for employment, ensuring that they have adequate accommodation and a community that can support them in transition once released from prison.
Shaun Pretorius: Manager of KineticIV
Shaun joined The Message in August 2015 as the Creative Missions Team Leader. Shaun has a powerful testimony and was previously a victim of drug addiction. Because of his story, he is passionate about helping young people excel amidst the challenges and peer pressure they might face. Shaun is a motivational speaker and speaks at different youth events in Cape Town on behalf of The Message Trust. Shaun is married to his 'beautiful wife' (his words) named Tracy-Ann.
Meryl Bendie: KineticIV
Meryl was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and likes dogs, ice cream and anything that sparkles, especially Jesus. She grew up amongst a family of teachers and has been working with young people since the age of 18. She has served in churches, schools and non-profit organizations and as a vocalist, a dance teacher and youth worker. She believes too many young people are being told that they are not good enough or worth anyone's time..and loves the opportunity to tell young people that they are completely unique and here on this earth for a reason!
Jabulani Majola: KineticIV
Jabulani was born and raised in Kwa Zulu Natal and comes from a family of 27 brothers and 1 sister! He has been rapping since the age of 12, and has always been into poetry and spoken word. He is very passionate about using his gift to impact young people and lift up God's name.
Gilead Benjamin: KineticIV
Gilead was born and bred in Cape Town, he loves dancing and been dancing for 8 years. He likes to make people laugh and enjoys making new friends. He describes himself as a vibrant person who smiles and putting smiles on other people's faces. He enjoy teaching kids and has worked for organisations, teaching dance in schools as well as for productions.
Naomi Plant: Respect Me & Message In Schools Communication Coordinator
Naomi started off as part of our wider Message family working at The Message HQ in the UK and joined the Message South Africa team in 2016. Previously a youth and children's worker, she has delivered group workshops, assemblies and lessons in schools since 2011. Naomi is passionate about young people realising their potential and true identity. Naomi has completed training in youth work with the Message Academy, has had hands on experience working for Respect ME UK, and now leads our Respect ME team in South Africa. She also assists the Message In Schools team in all things admin and communication!
Christina Otoo-Anakwa: Genetik Sessions & Creative Content Efficency Coordinator
Christina is from the UK and has been in the performing arts scene for over 20 years, training and teaching performance styles, vocal skills and dance. After 9 years of touring with her band Twelve24, she decided to join Message South Africa and pioneer Genetik Sessions and Message Academy. Christina’s heart is to invest, disciple and develop young people and see young adults to live out their purpose.
CAMPS AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING
Preston Jongbloed: Message In Schools Relationship Coordinator
Preston joined The Message Trust in February 2015 and establisheswork across the Western Cape. He is deeply passionate about young people fulfilling their God-given potential. Preston helps oversee our work with Community Corrections and caring for young men once released from prison.
Steve Sam: REFOCUS Coordinator
Steve was part of our Message Enterprise Programme in Drakenstein Correctional Service and released in late 2016. Whilst in prison and once released Steve helped shape and develop our REFOCUS life skills programme. REFOCUS educates youth at risk to stay away from crime and gangs. Steve is passionate about using his own story as a tool to bring about transformation.