ABOUT US

We are part of the Ecclesia-

The called out, the brave, the heirs of the Promised Land;

The people that proclaim the Kingdom of God; that share the Good News of Jesus beyond their own salvation.

We believe in the Power of God that manifests beyond our walls; beyond our own spirituality –

Healing the brokenhearted

Delivering the captives

Restoring sight to the blind

and liberating the bruised.

We believe in –

Prophecy that speaks life beyond our prosperity

Wisdom beyond our pride

Knowledge beyond our self-righteousness

Faith beyond our boundaries –

To care beyond our means

To Connect beyond our comfort zone

To Pray beyond our shopping trolley/own needs

To Serve beyond ourselves

To Worship beyond this realm

To transform lives and transform our Communities,

To serve as a Gateway for the King of kings

That His Kingdom may come

That His Will may be done.

We are part of the Ecclesia

and we will answer the call.

WE ARE AGENTS OF TRANSFORMATION

MEET THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Pastor Arthur and Lesley Vos
Mark and Margie Clifford
Japie and Juanita Oosthuizen
Ivan and Anya Ponton
John and Micelle Moore

OUR HISTORY

God began pouring out His Spirit in the USA about the year 1900 with the sign of speaking in tongues. People called it the “Apostolic Faith” because it was similar to what the early apostles experienced on the day of Pentecost.

This “Apostolic Faith” experience spread throughout the USA and Canada, and by 1908 it had spread to Sunderland in Britain, where an Anglican Church minister was baptised in the Holy Spirit. Men who were seeking more from God went to Sunderland and were also baptized in the Holy Spirit. Among them were men like Smith Wigglesworth, and W. O. Hutchinson from Bournemouth.

Hutchinson returned to Bournemouth and started a mission. Soon many others, who were hungry for more of God, went to this mission to see first hand what God was doing there. Among these was James Brooke, a Baptist minister in Bournemouth. These men joined with Hutchinson to establish the first Pentecostal Church in Great Britain, and they called it the Apostolic Faith Church.

Although this “Tongues Movement” was completely rejected by the Historic Churches, the Apostolic Churches grew rapidly, and were established worldwide under various names. This became known as the Pentecostal Movement.

James Brooke was sent to Johannesburg in South Africa in 1912, and in the space of ten years he planted many churches throughout the country. Returning to England in 1922, Brooke found that Hutchinson had backslidden and the numerous Welsh churches had broken away and formed themselves under the banner of the Apostolic Church of Great Britain. WG Hatherway left too, and he with others formed the Elim Pentecostal Church. James Brooke and some godly men with him formed the United Apostolic Faith Church, in 1926, with its Headquarters in London.

Leonard Brooke, son of James Brooke, returned to South Africa in 1938 to take up where his father had started in 1922. The mission work spread rapidly, and some city churches were also established. Today the work is growing in 17 countries in sub-Sahara Africa. Kingsgate operates under the covering of the United Apostolic Faith Church (UAFC).

CHURCH STRUCTURE

The governing bodies in this denomination are:

  • General Church Council is comprised of all ordained UAFC elders in South Africa, and is governed by the word of God and a constitution.
  • This Council meets annually in Pretoria to discuss matters relating to the denomination under the guidance of the General Overseer and General Secretary. All elders are expected to attend this annual meeting.
  • The GCC elects the Executive Council every year, and appoints them to implement the decisions and recommendations of the GCC. EXCO members may stand for re-election.
  • The General Overseer and General Secretary are elected biannually on alternating years. They may stand for re-election.
  • The UAFC in South Africa is divided into three major sections called Conferences Presbyteries. These Conference Presbyteries are divided on the basis of language in order to obviate the use of interpreters at their meetings and conferences. There is the African Conference Presbyteries, the Afrikaans Conference Presbytery, and the English Conference Presbytery.
  • Each Conference area is divided into Districts under the oversight of District Ministers, and are accountable to their Conference Presbyteries. These District Ministers serve for a term of five years, and may stand for re-election.
  • Local congregations are under the oversight of local pastors. Elders and deacons are appointed in time to assist the pastor/s in their duties. At the age of 65, pastors and elders are required to submit an application to the Conference Presbytery annually for permission to continue ministering in their office and position. The office of elder and deacon is not automatically transferable should such officer leave the congregation to which they were appointed, unless requested by EXCO, the Conference Presbytery, or the District Presbytery.
  • All fixed assets in the UAFC are owned by the UAFC Board of Trustees. Congregations may appoint a local Board of Trustees to work in conjunction with the UAFC Board of Trustees.
  • All UAFC ordained apostles may sit on any Presbytery, council, or meeting by virtue of their office.

Visit the UAFC Website for more info: www.uafc.org.za