Our Staff Team

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Geoff Gertzen

BCom, HDipEd, LTh(hons), BA(hons), MTh

Team Leader and Rector.
Geoff has been married to Tracey for over 20 years, they have two teenagers Tim and Caris. Geoff loves teaching the Bible, cricket and eating nougat. He is a terrible gardener and even worse at golf...both of which he loves to try his hand at.
He is happiest when people love Jesus!

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Jo-Anne Taylor

 LTh, BA (Theology)

Children's Worker
Jo is our Children's Worker and loves sharing Jesus with kids. She also loves Cape Town and is always happy to show people why it is the best city in the world to live in!
Apart from being out and about in Cape Town, Jo loves British Bulldogs, watching movies & TV series as well as watching live music.

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Matt Banks

MTh, Bsc (Hons)

Student Pastor
Matt came to know Jesus at varsity, so he recongnises the eternal significance of faithful, Christ-centred student ministry. Matt also works within REACH to equip & support student ministry. He's married to Megan & they have 2 daughters Abigail & Sophia. Apart from Jesus & his family Matt loves video games & Jujitsu!

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Chris Ramsbottom

BBusSc, PGCE, BTh

Pastor (Evening Service)
Chris is married to Cath and together they have two wonderful little munchkins, Joshua and Faith.
Chris loves Jesus, running, movies, reading, board games and spending time with the family. Chris looks after preaching in the evening service as well as co-ordinating the Life Groups.

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Jared Hey

BTh (Theology)

Youth Pastor
Jared is married to the lovely Charissa. He's passionate about sharing the gospel & his life with teens in the hope of seeing them come to know Jesus personally as their Lord & Saviour, growing to become more like Jesus. He enjoys making things with his hands, playing soccer & watching movies.

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Jaki North

BSc(hons), BTh

Women's Worker
Jaki came to Cape Town in 2009, just for a year. She is still here and actually never wants to leave! Jaki is a missionary with Crosslinks and her passion is to share Jesus and to train others to do the same. She has a particular love for social justice which she integrates into her ministry here.

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Tarryn Evans

BSc Bth

Women's Worker
Tarryn is part-time Women's Worker and part-time George Whitefield College (GWC) Honours Student. Tarryn has a passion for the Gospel and has a desire to help women to grown in their love and knowledge of Jesus. Her favourite things to do are watch TV series and socialise with friends.

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Jill Stephenson

Jill is married to Dave. They have 3 children & 3 grandchildren. Her years of admin experience at UCT are put to good use as she serves the Lord working mornings at the church office before spending the afternoons as an au-pair for her granddaughter. She is also a certified copy editor & proofreader. She loves music & singing, crosswords & detective novels. Her favourite TV series are Bones & CSI.

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Velma Bedderson

BSocSci

Velma is married to Gary and considers being a wife, and mother to Josh and to Charis her full-time job, but enjoys her mornings at St Stephens trawling through church admin jobs!
Her family serve at St Thomas Church in Heideveld and love sharing Jesus with the folk on the Cape Flats. Her secret passions are Lindt chocolate (the darker the better) and foreign films.

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Armstrong Naka

Armstrong is responsible for building and garden maintenance and has been on the staff at St Stephens for over 10 years. He is known amongst the staff for his friendly smile.

Malcolm Riley

Malcolm is our Buildings Maintenance Manager. He cares for all of our church buildings ensuring that everything is working and maintained in pristine condition.

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Caroline Davidson

Caroline is one of our newest members on the team. She keeps our church buildings spick and span. You have her to thank for our wonderfully clean spaces.