Bible Institute of South Africa - full time Lecturers
Daniel Simango BA LTh BA(Hons) MA(Old Testament) PhD
Dr Daniel Simango has a Licentiate in Theology (LTh) from the Bible Institute of South Africa (2000), a BA in Theology (cum laude), a BA Honours in Theology from Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (2002), and a MA in Old Testament from North West University (2006) followed by a PhD in Old Testament from North-West University (2011).
Dr Simango served as a part-time lecturer at the Bible Institute of South Africa for two years. He also served as a part-time lecturer at George Whitefield College (GWC) for three years.
In 2010, the Bible Institute of South Africa Board of Directors appointed Dr Simango as a full-time Old Testament lecturer and they appointed him Principal of the college in 2014. Since then, Dr Simango serves as the Principal and he also lectures Old Testament and Hebrew courses to the undergraduate students.
Since 2014, Dr Simango has served as Extraordinary Researcher in the Unit for Reformed Theology and Development of the SA Society at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. He has had a number of articles published in local peer-reviewed Old Testament Academic Journals. He supervises and examines North-West University (NWU) post-graduate students in Old Testament studies.He also serves as an elder at Kalk Bay Community Church.
Dr Simango is married to Patience and they have two children.
Gideon Beukes BA BT MTh MA Missiology
Vice Principal, Dean of Students
Gideon holds a BA from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, where he also obtained his BTh and his MTh (cum laude). His MTh dissertation was on the history of the Reformed churches in Lesotho.
In 2003 he received a second Masters degree, an MA Missiology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2008 he returned to SWBTS in Fort Worth for research on Martin Luther's theology.
For the first ten years of their marriage (1991-2001), Gideon and his wife Madel served as missionaries in Lesotho. They stayed in the Maluti mountains in a town called Mphaki, where both of them were teachers. Gideon was also called as the pastor of a local Basotho congregation during this time.
The LORD gave them three children while they were serving in the Mountain Kingdom. In 2001 God directed them to Fort Worth, Texas, for further theological studies. In 2003 the Beukes family returned to South Africa where Gideon was appointed as a faculty member at the Bible Institute (BISA).
At BISA he lectures primarily in New Testament, History of Christianity and Muslim Evangelism. From 2007 to 2014 he served BISA as the Dean of Students. In 2014 he was appointed as Vice Principal of BISA. In the second semester of 2018 he was Acting Principal while Dr. Simango was on sabbatical. Gideon and Madel, together with their children, are actively involved in their local Church.
Pete Smuts BA LLB DipTh MAR PhD
Dean of Postgraduate Studies
Dr Peter Smuts graduated with a BA.LLB degree from the University of Cape Town, a Dip.Theol from the Bible Institute of South Africa, a Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Seminary California, and a PhD from Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. His doctoral dissertation was based on a study of Luke 21.
Dr Smuts has been admitted to practise law as both an Attorney and Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa. He has, however, not been active in the legal profession since 1985. He has many years of Christian ministry experience particularly in the area of university student ministry where he has filled a number of leadership positions. He functioned as the Acting Rector of St. Paul's REACHSA in Stellenbosch for a number of months and held the position of Adjunct Faculty at John Wycliffe Theological College in Gauteng for several years. He was a member of the Executive Committee and Council of ACTEA (The Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa) from 2013-2016. He is currently a certified assessor for ACTEA accreditation. His teaching and preaching ministry extends beyond the campus and borders of South Africa.
He joined the Faculty of the Bible Institute of South Africa in July 1996. Since that time he has held a variety of administrative and academic positions at the college including Dean of Students, Dean of Graduate Studies, Vice Principal, Acting Academic Dean and Acting Principal. He teaches New Testament Interpretation, Homiletics, New Testament Greek and Biblical Theology. He has had a number of articles published in a local theological journal and is the author of Mark by the Book: A New Multidirectional Method For Understanding the Synoptic Gospels (P&R, 2013). He is also a contributor to the Africa Study Bible (Oasis International, 2017).
Dr. Smuts is married to Dagmar, and they have a son, three daughters and four grandchildren.
Neil Henry Dip Ed. BA (Theol) BTh (Hons) MTh (Practical Theology) (Stell)
Director Christian Leadership Programme
Neil holds a Diploma in Education obtained at the Hewat College of Education and taught at Secondary School level for 11 years before entering full-time ministry.
He served in youth and outreach ministries for several years before commencing his studies at BISA where he earned a BTh and BTh (Honours) from the University of Potchefstroom and an MTh in Missional Leadership from Stellenbosch University.
He has served in several pastorates and currently pastors the Metropolitan Evangelistic Church in Lavender Hill.
Neil is the director of the Christian Leadership Programme, which provides training for indigenous pastors and church leaders. His passion is to develop and teach pastors and church leaders in the area of leadership and sound biblical preaching. He continues to work with Wayne Mack in the field of Biblical Counselling and serves on the boards of ACBC-AFRICA and SMTI (Strengthening Ministries and Training International).
He is married to Trish, who serves her family and the church from home. They have one daughter, Tahlia, who did the Gap Year at BISA and has completed an MSc in Marine Science and works as a research scientist in the area of physical oceanography.
Lorna Bucklow LTh, BA Honours (Th)
Women in Ministry, Academic and Computer Literacy, BISA Registrar
Louis Barry BComm, PCGD, LTh
Louis holds a B.Comm in Information Technology and Economics and PCGD (Professional Certificate in Graphic Design) from North West University. He is also a BISA alumnus (2014). Before joining BISA staff he gained experience both as a full time, church based youth worker, and entrepreneurship and business consultant; with a main focus on corporate branding and web presence. He currently oversees the technological side of the online distance program and also assists in supporting the maintenance and further development of BISA's administrative and academic technologies.
He is married to Fébé and they have two sons.
Christo April BTh, BA (Hons)
Christian Leadership Programme Administrative Officer
Christo holds a Bachelor of Theology from University of Zululand and a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Theology from International College of Bible and Missions. Shortly after his conversion, he became involved in his church’s youth ministry, which he served for 13 years in both part-time and full-time capacities. Christo also served on the staff and faculty of Evangelical Bible College, initially as part time lecturer, and eventually as full-time lecturer and registrar. Christo pastors Montrose Park Bible Church in Mitchell’s Plain, the church in which he grew up and came to faith. He is currently working on a Master of Theology in New Testament through North West University.
Bible Institute of South Africa Guest Lecturers
Tim Galage MDiv ThM
New Testament Studies
Tim, from New York State, became a Christian in his first year of college. After he and Therese were married he attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity school.
Tim served as a minister of Christian education in a local church before returning to business where he worked in commercial banking for 20 years. He was involved in Church leadership for 20 years in Richmond, Virginia.
He and Therese developed a burden for equipping leaders and to prepare himself Tim pursued a master of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, Missouri. As well as lecturing at the Bible Institute Tim will mentor leaders at various theological institutions in the greater Cape Town area.
Tim and Therese serve in SA with Mission to the World. They have two adult daughters, Stephanie and Becky
Dip In Civil Law, LTh, BTh, BA (Hons), MA (NT) PhD (New Testament)
Church & Social Transformation
Jacob studied for a diploma in Civil law at Ahmadu Bello University Nigeria, a combined licentiate in Theology (L.Th) and bachelor of Theology (B.Th., NWU) at the Bible Institute of South Africa, Honours in Theology (B.A, Hons) George Whitefield College, Cape Town, as well as a research Masters in Theology (New Testament) at the North West University.
He completed a PhD in New Testament at North West University, South Africa.
Jacob is married to Juliet and they are blessed with two sons, Melchizedek and Jeremiah. As a couple, Jacob & Juliet have both been actively engaged with ministry in various capacities for over 20 years. Jacob’s ministry experience includes University campus ministry, church planting, visiting faculty in the subjects of New Testament Studies, Contextual Christology, Theology and Missions.
Currently Jacob and Juliet are full members with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) international and fulfil the role of mobilizing coordinators responsible for equipping and training in the South Africa regional office of the Mission. AIM is driven by the plight of the unreached and is committed to seeing Christ centred churches especially among unreached African peoples in the continent and in diaspora.
Joel D. Ruark, MATh (Gordon-Conwell), ThM (Stel), PhD (Stel)
Joel is an Old Testament scholar in the service of the Church, specializing in Hebrew linguistics and pedagogy. His research interests center around linguistic approaches to biblical theology, with special focus on the linguistic and theological use of the concept of light in the Old Testament. He serves as a biblical language specialist on an international team developing linguistic tools for use by Christian workers and Bible translators, especially in the developing world. He enjoys all things related to the literature of J.R.R. Tolkien, reading, music, hiking, and mountain climbing. He and his wife Allison live in Stellenbosch, South Africa with their two children, William (8) and Cassia (6)..
Karl Peterson MDiv, DMin (Westminster)
After studying Bible at Emmaus Bible College (Chicago, USA) Karl studied geology, physics and computer science at the University of Colorado (Boulder). He received his Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) and also his Doctor of Ministry in Urban Missions from Westminster.
Karl served on pastoral staff of a Christian Brethren church in Philadelphia before moving to Mozambique in 1995. The Petersons served an indigenous denomination in Mozambique until 2011 – church planting and directing the Centre for Theological Education in Maputo. Karl served as Mozambique Coordinator for Editora Fiel (Brazil) and Regional Director for the Emmaus Correspondence School in Mozambique. Karl has been a local organizer for the African Pastors Conference ministry in Mpumalanga and Swaziland, a conference and literature ministry which seeks to equip undertrained pastors in southern African townships.
In 2003 the Petersons moved to Barberton, Mpumalanga from where they carried out their work in Mozambique and pastored the Barberton Community Baptist Church. Karl taught at the Bible Institute of South Africa in Cape Town from 2012 to 2017. His wife, Glynn, worked as paediatric surgical nurse at the Children’s Hospital in Seattle (USA) and has mission experience in Ecuador, South America.
Karl and Glynn have six children and serve under Christian Missions in Many Lands (USA).
Corne Blaauw LTh BA Hons MTh PhD (candidate)
As an alumnus of the BISA (LTh 2011, BA Hons 2012), Corné furthered his theological studies at the University of the Free State (MTh 2014) researching Jonathan Edwards. Presently he is serving as a pastoral intern at the United Evangelical Fellowship in Fish Hoek and working as a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen (Netherlands).
His areas of interests include reformed theology, philosophy, and history. He has published several academic articles in the Jonathan Edwards Studies Journal (JES) and A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, forthcoming).
When he is not doing any of the above, he enjoys playing and teaching chess, finding rare books, and exploring Cape Town's wide selection of coffee shops. He and his wife Becky, also a past student of BISA, live in Muizenberg.
James Krohn BA (Hons), MCS (Regent), DTh (Stell)
Dr James Krohn has studied across the disciplines; from Veterinary studies to Fine Art to Theology. He completed his Masters at Regent College in Canada in Historical and Systematic Theology, and his Doctorate on Calvin’s Trinitarian Vision at the University of Stellenbosch.
He has been involved in theological education for nearly two decades both in South Africa and Canada, pastored a church in Canada for five years, and is currently the director of KRUX (www.krux.africa), a Christian Study Centre in the university town of Stellenbosch.
James is an avid adventurer, ocean paddler and climber. He is married to Corli and they have five equally adventurous children.
Sizwe Maseti LTh, BTh, BA Honours Th (NWU), Masters (candidate) (Stell)
Sizwe Maseti was born in the Eastern Cape and was schooled in Cape Town. He holds a diploma in IT Technology, working in the industry for five years and specialising in hardware development . He is a past student of the Bible Institute, graduating with a BTh/LTh followed by BA (Hons) Theology in 2015. Sizwe is currently a Masters candidate in Old Testament studies with Stellenbosch University.
Sizwe is heading up a church plant in the Makhaza area of Khayelitsha. He is married to Sethu and they have twin girls and a baby boy.
Chris Warton is a medical doctor. He recently retired from UCT where he was an anatomist and senior lecturer in the Dept of human Biology at the health sciences faculty at Medical School. He has authored a score of research papers with over 200 citations.
He, his wife and five of their six children have studied at BI.
Chris is a founding board member of The Vine School, formerly John Wycliffe Christian School in Cape Town.
His particular interest is in Christian and Medical Ethics.
The BISA Angels
Where would we be without these wonderful staff, indispensable to the running of the college?
From top left, clockwise:
Roxton and Residences housekeeping: Elizabeth Malamulo
Gardener and Groundsman: Gibson Tshikini
Kitchen Chef: Monica Speak (retired July 2020)
Kitchen and Housekeeping: Florence Thandi Ntsibande