Our team consists of:

  1. Pastoral Staff
  2. Office Staff
  3. Society Stewards

Rev Sean McGuigan

Minister

I’m a follower of Jesus, husband to Sarah-Jane, father to Grace and Benjamin and pastor to the people of Durbanville Methodist Church (DMC).

I was first made aware of Jesus’ call to follow him at a Methodist Sunday School class in 1980. It took a long time for me to work out what it meant to follow Jesus, in fact, I am still learning. But, in my mid-twenties I experienced God’s grace in a powerful way and realized that I would need to make Jesus, and the God he makes known, the very centre of my life. Almost overnight I prioritised Sunday worship, scripture reading, prayer and fasting.

I have found in Wesleyan Spirituality a wonderfully balanced and practical way of living out the Christian faith because it holds central God’s self-revelation in the bible, encourages me to think critically about how we understand scripture and our world, challenges me to show compassion to the suffering and emphasizes the disciplines of worship, prayer, fasting and study. It is no secret that I am a terrible singer but I am a fan of Charles Wesley’s hymns– “And can it be” is one of my favourite.

Since I candidated for the Methodist ministry we have experienced life in South Africa from very different perspectives. We lived for a year in Tigane, a poverty-stricken township in the North West province and saw first-hand the suffering of those who struggle on the margins of society. We then spent a year in Pretoria so that I could attend Seminary (John Wesley College). I received no income during this year, and the budget we drew up looked impossible to balance, yet God provided for all our needs.

Before accepting the invitation to minister here in DMC I spent five years ministering in “Sweet Matat”. There the people of Matatiele and Cedarville taught me about pastoring. I was blessed to see the grace of God at work in the lives of ordinary men, women and children.

My dream for DMC is that together we would learn how to joyfully live out God’s purpose for us- a purpose we’ve expressed as “Growing a Family Aflame Sharing God’s Love with All.”

I passionately enjoy all forms of kayaking from paddling in marathons to exploring white-water canyons. Inevitably I try and organize family holidays near some or other body of water. Since moving to the Cape I’ve taken up surf-ski paddling which I have found both exhilarating and terrifying. I particularly enjoy the competitive aspect of kayaking; I like to train hard and race fast!

I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends and am looking forward to making new friends here in Durbanville.

    Rev. Vuleywa Ntshinga

    Minister

    I am the youngest daughter of the late Rev Vein Ntshinga and Mrs Clara Ntshinga, born in Pretoria.

    I grew up having a keen interest in the natural sciences. As a result I qualified as a professional natural scientist, having studied B.Sc. Hons and M.Eng. Sc. (waste management) at the universities of Zululand, Cape Town and New South Wales. I have served as both an environmental manager and consultant in various sectors.

    My daughter, Lethu, is studying Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University.

    Whilst I was happily growing in my profession, I was overwhelmed by the sense of God’s call to the ministry. I offered for ministry as a part-time minister and served in the Dumisani and Bellville Circuits. The call has been joyfully compelling so much that I am now in full time ministry, serving Gateway and Windsor Park Societies.

    As I have walked with God in life and ministry I have grown to appreciate that every life is a gift of God, and because He loves and cares for us all, I must do the same.

      Yvonne Engelke

      Secretary

      I am married to David and we are blessed with two daughters, Monica born in 1992 (recently qualified as a teacher and will be teaching grade 4’s at Durbanville Primary as from 2015) and Carmen born 1995 (Studying tourism at CPUT). I grew up in the Southern Suburbs and attended the Methodist Church in Claremont. My granny was the Sunday school superintendent and my mom was a Sunday school teacher for many years. We joined DMC as members in 1995. On the 2nd April 2006, I joined the staff at DMC as the receptionist. When Lorraine, our previous secretary, passed away suddenly in June 2010, I was offered the position as secretary. It is a blessing to serve the congregation here at DMC. I feel really privileged that God has entrusted me with this position.

        Sandra Fairbairn

        Receptionist

        I started at Durbanville Methodist Church 21 June 2010 as Receptionist.

        I am married to Greg. We have two adult children. I have been in the

        Textile Trade for 30 years. We joined DMC as members in 2004.

        We are blessed to be part of this congregation.

          Charles Egan

          Worship Pastor

          My full name is Arthur Charles Egan – but I prefer to be called Charles or Charlie.

          I have a Diploma and Bcom Degree in Financial Accounting. I am also an entrepreneur (I do invigilation, house-sitting, accounting services). Finally, I run a Non-Profit organisation called “Paid in Full”, where we work with worship teams in order to Build, Train, Equip and Release them to serve.

          I have attended DMC on and off for the last few years, and became a member in August 2011. Over the years I have been asked to play with the worship team (primarily for the 18h30 service), and the odd 09h30 service. In October 2012, I started serving in the worship team on a more regular basis. The first of May 2013 I became a part of the DMC Pastoral Staff, as the part-time Worship Pastor.

          It’s great to work with each of the staff members at DMC, and be a part of the family at DMC.

            Elaine Dawson

            Society Steward

            I am a wife to Rod , mother of 3 married children, and 6 grand children. My passion is for working with mothers and babies. I trained as a primary school teacher but chose to be a home executive when Bronwyn was born. I volunteer for an NPO. Currently as their treasurer

              Karen Visser

              Society Steward

              I have been a member of DMC since its inception, as my parents were founder members. I was involved in the Youth through being a Youth Leader and assisted by playing guitar. I left DMC for a while after I got married as we moved out of the area, but when we returned to the area, I also returned to DMC.
              I work for an insurance company in the payroll environment, and enjoy camping, reading and music in my spare time. I play the flute in the Worship team and became a Society Steward at the beginning of 2019.
              I love being involved in the DMC community and serving God in any way that I can, and recently received training as a facilitator for the Faithful Witnesses course.
              I am married to Theuns and have 2 sons, Dylan and Ethan. Family is very important to me, both my immediate family and my DMC family as well.

                Isaac Adom-Aboagye

                Society Steward

                I am a husband to Grace and a father of two grown children. I have been an educator and worked in education for over 40 years in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. I moved to Bellville upon my retirement in 2014 and have been part of the DMC ever since. Prior to my retirement, I was a Society Steward at the Matatiele Methodist Church in the Eastern Cape, where Sean once served as the Minister.

                I would like to think of myself as young at heart, and keep busy by: invigilating at one of the university’s; being of service to the church if and when needed; going to gym a few times a week with my wife of nearly 40 years and of course supporting Manchester United (that is almost a full time job!).

                I always pray that God will use me as an instrument to win more souls for his Kingdom.

                  Jeffrey Valentyn

                  Groundskeeper

                  Jeffrey started working at DMC on the 28 Feb 1994. He assisted with the planting and arranging of the beautiful gardens around the church.

                  He is married with 2 school going children. Jeffrey also helps with any odd thing around the church. Setting up tables and chairs for functions, helping at the soup kitchen on a Friday morning, carrying all sorts of items around. He is always willing to help and never complains about any job he has to do. Jeffrey is a true asset to DMC.

                    Caroline Erens

                    General Assistant

                    Caroline started working at DMC in December 2013, part time. She has since been employed monthly working Monday – Thursday. Caroline makes sure the church and offices are kept neat and tidy and helps with organizing and setting up for functions.

                    She is married to Jannie with 2 school going children. She is always willing to help and never complains about any job she is given to do. Caroline has already proved that she is an asset to DMC.