His People Faith City – Potchefstroom

Senior Pastors

Willem and Celeste Nel are our Senior Pastors and have four children. Willem has been at His People for 24 years.  From humble beginnings, Willem and Celeste Nel embarked on an exciting journey of faith and today the church can look back and celebrate with them God’s goodness and grace. In 1992 Willem and Celeste started the Potchefstroom Student Church with just a handful of students. Willem and Celeste decided to join the His People family in 1997 and they officially became His People Potchefstroom in 1998. In 2000, God clearly spoke a promise from Isaiah 58 which was to become a vital framework for how His People Potch viewed their role in the city. God infused in the leaders a passion to bless the city of Potchefstroom by starting with those who really needed it.The Message was clear to take responsibility and serve the city. They are also a part of Thembalitsha, now called The Hope Again Foundation that helps them expanded their reach into the community through the feeding scheme, life skills and various caring programmes for young and old. They planted their first church in Gaborone, Botswana in 2007, followed by two congregations in Klerksdorp in 2008, Bloemfontein later that year, and they are involved in the Rustenburg church plant that has been going for a year. Praise God that His Word is having a ripple effect in surrounding cities!Willem Nel: willem@hispeople.co.za
Celeste Nel: celeste@hispeople.co.za

Executive Pastor and Potchefstroom Site Pastor:


Barend is originally from Brakpan and was planning to become an electrician after school, but he soon realized that God had a different plan for his life. Barend has a diploma in youth work and has been in youth ministry for 15 years. He got involved in ministry through doing a gap year at TICS (Transformation in Communities). Currently Barend is the executive pastor at His People Faith City and oversees the seven sites.  Barend believes his goal is to be the connection between all age groups and to be a channel in which people will find God. “I’m passionate about young people and to be able to bring HOPE to a broken world.” Barend is also involved in Hope Again, Character Kids, Mother’s Nest (a safe house for abused children) and Potchefstroom Youth Network. Barend and his wife Carene have been married for 10 years and they have two children, Ethan and SimoreBarend Groenewald: barend@hispeople.co.za

  Campus Pastors:

????????Ryno was born and raised in Klerksdorp and completed his honours in Business Management at the North-West University. Ryno got involved in ministry in 2006 when he started volunteering at the youth ministry. He is now lead pastor on campus and his mission is to raise, train and release leaders into the world with a strong biblical foundation. His congregation is on or about 600 students in the Afrikaans and English services and he emphasizes the importance of discipleship. Ryno has his own business, Alternative Energy Solutions which he started in 2010. He also plays the bass guitar for the Christian Rock Band, One Crown. Ryno and his wife, Elzani, have been happily married for 5 years and have two beautiful children, Jozack and Izabella.

Ryno Jansen: ryno@hispeople.co.za
Elzani Jansen: elzanijansen@gmail.com

  Youth Pastors

Hendri was born and raised in Potchefstroom. After school he went to study B. Com Accounting and then completed his honours in Financial Management. Hendri got saved at a youth service, so when Willem Nel asked him to get involved in the Engage Youth Ministry he got involved as soon as he could and he is currently the Youth Pastor at His People Faith City. His ministry involves worship and discipling teenagers to discover their purpose in God and to further build their relationship in Christ. Hendri is also a part of the Christian rock band, One Crown, and co-owner of a Total garage. Recently he has also opened up Atlantic Trailers in Potchefstroom. Hendri and his wife Madelein have been happily married for almost three years and have a son, Elijah.
Hendri Hofmeyr: hendrihofmeyr@gmail.com
Madelein Hofmeyr: madelein911209@gmail.com

 Worship Pastor:

????????Fiona was born in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape but was schooled in Durban and went back to Grahamstown to study at Rhodes University. She graduated with a 4 year Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies Degree in 1999, after which she did a “Year of Your Life” program with His People Church in Grahamstown. “Part of my ministry portfolio was to help pioneer and organise the National Festival of Christian Arts which we launched in May 1999.” In 2005, Fiona resigned and went into Campus Ministry full-time. She moved to Potchefstroom on a permanent basis in 2007 where she has been serving on the Pastoral Team, specifically as Worship Pastor. “I have been leading worship since 1997 and am obviously passionate about worship – seeing people encounter the presence of God and grow in intimacy with Him, but I am just as passionate about seeing people raised and discipled as leaders in every sphere of society to advance God’s Kingdom.” As a journalist, and someone who loves languages, she is also involved with writing, editing and translating work. “As much as I love translating languages, I also feel called to be a translator between the Spiritual realm and the Physical realm – helping people understand and relate to the supernatural in such a way that it becomes as natural as breathing.” “Worship, the Prophetic, Intercession, Worldviews, Leadership and Excellence make me come alive!”Fiona Matier: fiona@hispeople.co.za

 Children’s Pastor:


Monique was born in Welkom, in the Free State. She currently lives in Potchefstroom. She completed her B.TH degree in Theology and is currently busy with her B.ED degree. She got involved in ministry through Transformation in Communities, and has been involved with them for 9 years.  Her ministry involves working with kids, bringing supernatural transformation to our world one child at a time. Her passion is training the next generation to Honour God; connecting with the children through discipleship; having small groups and helping them to encounter and strengthen their relationship with God. “I’m involved at Character Kids- a project of reaching out to our children in the township where we disciple them and teach them the importance of having a relationship with Jesus.”

Monique Briel: monique.briel@gmail.com



 Children’s worker:


Bernice is originally from Brakpan. She has a youth workers diploma, a diploma in dance and drama as well as a diploma in music. She is currently still completing her ministry school training. She got involved in ministry through completing a gap year at TICS where she then got exposed to different facets of ministry.  Her ministry includes children’s ministry and discipling them. “My passion in ministry is to teach the Word of God.”  Bernice is also involved in the Hope Again project.

Bernice Meyer: bernicemeyer92@gmail.com






 Financial administrator:


Fransie has been doing the finances for 10 years. She was born in Ladysmith and came to Potchefstroom in 1973.

Fransie Steyn: fransie@hispeople.co.za








 Fin manager and Intern Pastor:


Jurgens grew up in Phalaborwa where he completed school and then came to Potchefstroom to study at the North West University. He has a B.Com Honours Degree in Financial Accounting and has also completed his pastoral training at Every Nation Ministry School. Jurgens was always part of a family that served God and that involved ministry. Through his life God directed him more to areas where he could serve. Jurgens currently helps with the managing of the finances of the church. He is also the connect group coordinator and he oversees the connect groups of the Potchefstroom morning sites. He is also a pastoral intern which is the practical ministry year after finishing ministry school. “I love to help people walk into the purpose and promise that God has for them as believers and as individuals. I want to create an effective systems that can serve the ministry and help to bring Supernatural Transformation to our World in the most effective manner possible.” Jurgens is also involved with MosaicSA (an organisation focusing on orphan care), and runs his own business as independent accountant/financial consultant.

Jurgens Schoeman : jurgens@hispeople.co.za



 Dream Team Coordinator:


Debbie was born in Pretoria and came to Potchefstroom in 2009. She completed her BA degree in Management and Development with Human Resources. She then completed her honours in Human Resources. She furthermore completed her masters in Human Resources in 2015. She got involved in ministry through connecting in a small group. Currently she is a full time lecturer and program leader in Human Resources at the North-West University. She is also the Dream Team coordinator at His People Faith City which entails the management, planning and coordinating of the volunteers ministry (ushers, multi-media, info table, men and women’s ministry, set up and set down, intercession, sound and worship). Debbie’s heart is more for students, young people, because they are the most susceptible. “It’s something I always stand on: reaching and serving students because it impacts the next generations. Students start movements and I believe is that if we can change the campus, we can change the world.” Debbie is also a volunteer at Not Forgotten as well as at STOP trafficking with people.

Debbie Mtshelwane : debbiemtshelwane@gmail.com



 Church Administrator:


Helena is a recent member of our team and has truly enriched us with her joy and administration skills. She is originally from Hartswater in the Northern Cape but came to Potchefstroom in 2015.

Helena Kooyman: helena@hispeople.co.za









Joandri is from Pretoria. She came to Potchefstroom to do a year for Christ at TICS. She got involved in ministry through TICS and it showed her that she has a heart for children and people. When the year ended she could not imagine herself not being a part of ministry. Her goal is to “bring supernatural transformation one CHILD at a time”. Her heart is to touch people with the love that’s been given to her. She believes in bringing truth that will radically change lives. “I really believe that God can touch anyone, anytime, anyplace and that my life and relationship with Him will speak louder than my words ever will.” She is also currently a part of Engage (His People Youth), Children’s ministry (Parys His People), Not forgotten and Kids Games (Camp).

Joandri Swanepoel: joandri@hispeople.co.za





 Campus Missionaries:


In 2010 Lourens came to South Africa to study Psychology. He finished his Honours Degree in 2013 and in 2014 Lourens started getting involved with the campus ministry team. He started in a connect group and then later on started leading a connect group. After some time and some fantastic mentorship, he came to the conclusion that God called him into full-time ministry. He now manages the men’s connect group ministry and focuses on raising leaders. His got a passion for students that come from difficult backgrounds and loves being able to help them overcome their problems. His goal is to reach every man on campus and spread the Gospel. Lourens’ heart is all about ministry. Lourens and his wife Sune have been happily married for little over a year.

Lourens Horn : lourenshorn@yahoo.com






Chené is originally from Johannesburg but currently lives in Potchefstroom. She started studying Psychology and Sociology but is now part of the campus internship program for His People Faith City. She is going to start studying theology, on a part-time basis, through Oral Roberts University in the United States. Chené got involved through the campus first years in 2014 where after she got connected and then further got involved in the children’s church ministry in 2015. Chené is also involved in Engage which is the teen’s ministry which focuses on making disciples for Christ and equipping young adults to make a difference where they are. The children’s ministry involves training and equipping the children to grow into a deeper relationship with God from a young age. Chené specifically likes working with the girls ministry.

Chené Joneschenenes@gmail.com 




 Campus Admin


Rolindie is originally from Potchefstroom and has a Degree in Consumer Science as well as a post graduate diploma in business management. She got involved in ministry through attending the first years camp in 2012 and then got more involved in 2015 by attending the Botswana outreach. This passion spilled into children’s ministry and then she also got involved at Engage. She was also a leader at the 2016 first years camp and she is currently the campus admin. Her passion is students and children, because she feels that she can relate more to them and she understands how to engage them in activities. She is also helps out at Megasigns.

Rolindie Jansen van Rensburg : kampus@hispeople.co.za

His People Faith City – Parys

Parys Site Pastor:


Christo is originally from Van der Bijl Park. He has a metallurgical engineers degree as well as a three year theological diploma from Rhema Church. He also completed a creative arts course at Psalmody as well as the His People Bible School course. He got involved in ministry through an outreach to Parro where after he got involved in worship ministry. In 2011 Christo linked up with Pastor Willem Nel to start the church planting process in Parys. Christo is currently the site pastor at the Parys His People Church. He feels that he has been given the responsibility to shepherd the community and to align the site with Pastor Willem’s vision. His passion is to “break open the Word of God, to worship and to teach people how to worship.” Christo is also part of Intune which encompasses a bible school, hosting worship seminars as well as a drug rehabilitation program.  He is also part of a radio program on IFM as well as Ideas for Apps.

Christo Jovner: christo.jovner@hispeople.co.za



 His People Faith City – Klerksdorp

Klerksdorp Site Pastor:


Zelda is originally from Pietersburg and has completed a bachelors degree in ministry, a youth workers diploma as well as a diploma at the Rhema Bible School.  She got involved in ministry in 1981 after she felt God put a divine calling on her life. Zelda is currently the site pastor in Klerksdorp and focuses on raising and releasing leaders as well as community development.  She wants every person to “realise the calling God has on their lives and to release that into their lives.” Her passion is for people who don’t know God as well as people that know God but is not discipled. She loves seeing the growth that takes place. Zelda is also involved in children’s ministry, youth ministry and intercession. She also spends time at the schools in the community as well as Equilibria.

Zelda Coetzee : zelda@hispeople.co.za