Pastors

Our Pastors

Pastors in Unite180 are responsible for five to seven area leaders. As such they oversee the well-being of approximately 250 to 400 people in the church. They are appointed by God and recognised by Pastors David and Chanelle from the area leader group. 

Each leader within the church is taken care of and overseen by another leader. For example, a uGroup leader has an assigned area leader and an area leader has an assigned area pastor. This ensures that everyone in the church including the leaders are cared for and has the support they need which speaks to one of the core values of the Unite180 church, namely, “All about people”. Through this network, each church member is connected and taken care of by a uGroup leader, area leader and area pastor. 

 

To encourage growth and connectivity in the Unite180 church, leadership assignments are strategically shuffled within the church every year. This ensures that every leader within the church has the opportunity to learn from different leaders. Much thought and care is given by Pastors David and Chanelle under whose leadership leaders are placed to foster continuous development and growth within the Unite180 church.

 

David Grobler

Senior Pastor & Director

Chanelle Grobler

Senior Pastor & Director

Louis Paulus

Executive Pastor & Director

Willbert Kinnear

Executive Pastor

Ruan Spies

Pastor & Director

Marinus Spies

Pastor

Neels Venter

Pastor

Francois Stofberg

Pastor

Roux Havenga

Pastor

Alishia Bezuidenhout

Pastor

Raymond Potgieter

Pastor

Thys Van Lill

Pastor

Reinold Brink

Pastor

Tanna Edmunds

Pastor

Somé Edmunds

Pastor

Clarissa Vermuelen

Pastor

Anneli Boonzaaier

Pastor

Willem Odendaal

Pastor

WG Boshoff

Pastor

Ruhan Thomas

Pastor

Armand Fourie

Pastor

JT Erlank

Pastor

Braam Basson

Pastor

Manie Loots

Pastor

Jaco Labuchange

Pastor

Gerhann Pieters

Pastor

Niel Botha

Pastor

Frequently Asked Questions

At present, Unite180 has 27 pastors dedicated to serving our community. Leading this team with wisdom and vision are our senior pastors, David and Chanelle.

 

The term ‘pastor’ originates from the Latin word for shepherd, reflecting its fundamental role in caring for and tending to flocks. In essence, a pastor is a shepherd, tasked with nurturing and guiding a group of believers. 

As such, ‘pastor’ speaks to a function rather than a title.



The term ‘pastor’ is referenced in Ephesians 4, where it is listed among the five ministry gifts given by God to equip the saints for ministry. 

While the term ‘pastor’ may not be explicitly used elsewhere in the Bible, the concept of shepherding is prevalent throughout both the Old and New Testaments. Many passages describe the role of shepherding the church, aligning with the function of a pastor as understood in various Christian traditions.



The Unite180 leadership structure was designed by Pastors David and Chanelle. It has grown into a vibrant network of uGroup Leaders, Area Leaders and Pastors. The Unite180 leadership network is a global network that consists of 953 leaders and continues to grow. 

Pastors in Unite180 are responsible for five to seven area leaders. As such they oversee the well-being of approximately 250 to 400 people in the church. They are appointed by God and recognised by Pastors David and Chanelle from the area leader group. 

This structure allows each leader within the church to be overseen by another leader. For example, a uGroup leader has an assigned area leader and an area leader has an assigned area pastor. This ensures that everyone in the church including the leaders is cared for and has the support they need. Through this network, each church member is connected and taken care of by a uGroup leader, area leader and a pastor. 



 

The Bible encourages ministers to be equipped to handle the word of truth effectively (2 Timothy 2:15) and to always be ready to provide answers for their faith (1 Peter 3:15).  To meet these standards, all pastors in Unite180 have completed the Unite180 Bible School and are either in the process of or have completed undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in theology. This commitment to formalised learning reflects a dedication to deepening biblical knowledge and theological understanding.

While formalised learning is highly valued within the pastoral group of Unite180, it’s essential to recognise that biblical qualifications for pastoral ministry extend beyond academic achievements. The essential measure of readiness for pastoral ministry, as exemplified in Acts 4:13, is whether one’s life bears witness to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This standard of spiritual maturity and intimacy with Jesus should be the primary focus and aspiration for all pastors. 



The role of a pastor is deeply rooted in the biblical imagery of a shepherd. 

There are many references made to shepherding in both the Old and New Testament, which helps us to understand the roles and responsibilities of pastors:

  • Shepherds watch for enemies trying to harm the flock (Acts 20:28-30).
  • They intimately know and care for their sheep (John 10:11-15).
  • Shepherds actively seek out and love the lost sheep (1 Peter 2:25).
  • They defend and heal the wounded members of the flock (Psalm 23:3-5).
  • Shepherds lead, guide, and provide for their sheep (Isaiah 40:10-11, Psalm 23:1-5).
  • They nourish the spiritual needs of the flock through teaching and guidance (John 21:16).

In essence, the biblical role of a pastor mirrors that of a shepherd, embodying qualities of protection, provision, care, and leadership.



At Unite180, we firmly believe that the term “pastor” refers to a function, and not a title. 

Our pastors oversee approximately 250 to 400 people, embodying the principle of serving rather than being served. Contrary to popular belief, not all of our pastors preach.  Instead, their pastoral duties extend beyond preaching on Sundays.  

Through counseling efforts, our pastors are deeply involved in the life of our church community. They volunteer at all Unite180 events, taking on prominent leadership roles in the administration of these events. They exemplify humility and servant leadership, understanding that pastors are not celebrities but servants with a heart for God and His people. They also officiate the weddings of the people in their areas getting married.

Ultimately, our pastors are shepherds who emulate Christ’s love and compassion. They stand firm in the face of adversity, possess deep spiritual insight, and diligently teach and uphold the Word of God. 

All the pastors in Unite180 serve their areas under the leadership of Senior Pastors David and Chanelle who bears the ultimate responsibility for Unite180, entrusted to them by God.

 

In Unite180, the journey to becoming a pastor follows a structured progression within our church. Individuals typically start as uGroup leaders, then advance to area leaders before being considered for the role of pastor. All our pastors followed this process, reflecting a commitment to develop leaders from within.

Pastors are not elected as part of a democratic voting process.  Instead, they are appointed by God and recognised by Pastors David and Chanelle from the area leader group. According to biblical standards (1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9), pastors are expected to exhibit qualities such as moral integrity, healthy marriages and households, hospitality, humility, and a proven track record of faithful service. Additionally, they should demonstrate a deep commitment to ministry and a genuine calling from God, as ultimately, it is Jesus who appoints pastors (Ephesians 4:11).

Therefore, the path to becoming a pastor in Unite180 is not only a matter of ambition or human decision, but a response to a divine calling and an expression of faithfulness in serving God’s kingdom.

 

While some pastors may be formally employed by the Unite180 office, it’s important to note that this employment is distinct from their role as pastors within the church. The majority of our pastors maintain separate professional occupations and do not receive payment from the church for their ministry services. Their commitment to pastoral duties is rooted in their calling by God, driven by a deep sense of dedication to the mission and purpose God has set before them.



The Bible teaches us that the baptism of the Holy Spirit empowers all believers for ministry, including men and women (1 Corinthians 12:11, Acts 2:17, Joel 2:28).

Throughout Scripture, we find numerous examples of women actively involved in ministry:

  • Priscilla, alongside her husband Aquila, instructs and corrects Apollos in matters of faith (Acts 18:24-26).
  • Phoebe is referred to as a deacon or servant of the church (Romans 16:1-2).
  • Deborah serves as a prophetess, judge, and military leader in Israel, playing a crucial role in delivering Israel from oppression (Judges 4-5).
  • Huldah, consulted by King Josiah’s officials to interpret the book of the law discovered in the temple (2 Kings 22:14-20, 2 Chronicles 34:22-28).
  • Jesus first appeared to women after His resurrection, entrusting them with the crucial task of proclaiming His resurrection to the apostles (Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18)

While the topic of women in pastoral ministry has been widely debated, we affirm the biblical precedent and the value of women’s contributions to ministry.



 

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Uniters believe in and confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. They are part of the Unite180 Christian Church led by Pastors David and Chanelle Grobler. Uniters want to see the kingdom of God manifest in people’s lives. Uniters seek out the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit. They believe a display of Spirit and power brings about change in people’s lives. They are leaders who question the way of the world and aspire to be and do better. Uniters serve their community and want to see people thrive. Uniters unite.