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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.
Beth Ann: Special Projects
Beth Ann is from America and is currently based in both the USA and South Africa. She has received a B.A. in Organizational Leadership and a Minor in Criminology from Maryville University. Beth Ann helps to orchestrate events and works with our Message USA Board to develop and manage partnerships. She also manages our USA database communications and is working to develop policies and procedures for receiving international mission teams.
Jessica Longe: HR Consultant
Jessica joined The Message Trust in July 2014 and helped initiate our Enterprise stream. She resigned from working full time with The Message end of 2016 and accepted a new role to develop our Human Resource department. She previously worked at The Western Cape Government: Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the Strategic Initiatives unit. She is interested in the social challenges that prohibit people from participating in meaningful employment and how this impacts family, society and the economy.
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 onto full time staff at The Message. Siseko runs all our social media platforms and is using his graphic design skills to support our different mission teams.
Alastair Buchanan: Church Liaison Coordinator
Al joined The Message Trust in January 2015 and leads our Message Eden Network in the the Western Cape and he also leads our liaison with local churches. He is deeply passionate about strengthening churches to reach vulnerable youth through The Message's various ministries. He has been involved for years as a local pastor in various combined church initiatives in Cape Town and beyond, initiatives like Church Transformation and Restitution . Al and his wife Suzanne are both keen readers and both of them love walking. They have three lovely daughters: Carey, Lara and Justine.
Grant & Stef Porthen: Eden Salt River Team Leaders
Grant and Stef head up our first Eden Team in Salt River, Cape Town. Eden Salt River has a team of 14 people and is in partnership with Jubilee Community Church. Grant and Stef have a strong passion and desire to see Christ made known in Salt River through developing long term relationships. Both of them graduated with a BA in Theology from George Whitfield College in Muizenburg.
Donovan Nelson: Mess Cafe
Donovan joined the Message Team in August 2016 and is heading up our exciting Gangstar Enterprise Cafe project. A graduate from the Ritz Carlton International Internship program, Donovan has spent the past 6 years working in the hospitality industry, where he has obtained extensive experience and knowledge in customer relations and restaurant management.
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 'Simprachino' 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 and joined the team in 2016. Previously a youth and children's worker delivering 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 Message Academy, 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 has been in the performing art 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 Genetic Sessions and Message Academy. Christina’s heart is to invest, disciple and develop young people and 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.