Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northwest - South Africa

Together in Ministry

Established in 1891, we are a self-governing fellowship of autonomous churches sharing a common faith that co-operate in ministry


Greetings from the 150 churches of the BNA scattered in the northern provinces of South Africa.

The churches of the BNA are diverse.  Some of our churches are urban and some are rural.  Some are Sotho speaking, some Tshivenda, some Afrikaans, but most are English and most are multicultural. South Africa and therefore our churches reflect huge cultural diversity not only from the 11 language groups that make up South Africa, but also from all parts of the world and especially from Africa. Our churches are Baptist, but we have members and regular participants from all walks of Christianity.  We are learning to become Acts 2 churches that emphasise the fundamentals of preaching, teaching, sharing, praying, worshipping, discipling and witnessing.  We desire to impact our communities and world with the life changing message of the good news of Jesus Christ. Our churches are gospel centred.  We believe that the only hope for people in this world, no matter where you are from, is the person of Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross to win a people for God, from every tribe, language, people and nation. Our churches are serious about theology. We believe that in order to live right, one must believe right and that this is commanded by God.  Thus we hold to and live out God’s Truth in all its fullness and depth. Our churches are imperfect.  We have not arrived at perfection in worship, in proclamation and in life. But we desire to “attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…”  And so we “press on toward the goal.”  Our churches are together.  Baptists are notorious for individualism and even isolation.  Our churches have bonded together for the purpose of mutual co-operation, ministry, church-planting, encouragement and enjoyment of God. The churches of the BNA greet you.  We would love to hear from you. Lance Laughton Johannesburg, South Africa email me

We have one goal…

to serve the local church

Here’s some of the ways we serve the church…

We have assisted churches in the following ways already and maybe we could help your church with one or more of the following…


Sometimes, sadly, churches lose their way. We assist by offering a church SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) which analyses the health of a church. We then look at biblically at what a church is and does and help the leaders of the church shape all of this into a vision for the future of the church.

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Conflict resolution

Every church at one time or another will face a crisis; a leadership conflict situation, a membership / leadership impasse, a moral failure of a pastor – and when that happens, its helpful to have an independent third party to help in times like this.

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Often, in Baptist churches, independence can lead to feeling alone which in turn leads to loneliness.  God has made people as social beings and the church is intended to be with other like minded churches.  

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Youth Ministry

We help you reach young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ and through our partnerships train youth ministry leaders.  These youth leaders and plugged into a network of youth leaders who help one another because youth ministry is tough.

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Church rejuvenation and planting

The goal of a church is to plant churches.  We offer to help with expertise, partners, compliance and financial assistance. 

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We assist the local church to develop elders, preachers and pastors. We encouarage formal training through BTC, our tertiary ministry training institution, and informally through our One Life Conference becasue healthy shepherds are crucial to nurture healthy churches.

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Core Values

We value certain aspects as an association of Baptist churches.  Therefore we are…

Passionate about Community

We believe that God places believers in the church and churches in collaboration with other like minded churches.  We celebrate the unity of local churches together.

Big on Theology

Unity is precious, but truth is essential.  Our shared theology is expressed in our Statement of Belief and practised as expressed in our Baptist Principles.  We celebrate our shared convictions of God and all his works.

Loud on Diversity

We comprise churches from many different cultures, languages, and economic levels.  We celebrate our diversity within our unity without pushing for uniformity.

Our Team

Richard Van Lieshout


Obakeng Moreo


Parmesh Venkatasami


Brian Viljoen


Lance Laughton

Area Co-Ordinator

Dan Riddell

Youth Representative

Jacques Louw

Pretoria Representative

Gilbert Ndlovu

Limpopo Representative

Marcus Mphaphuli

Venda Representative

Richard van Lieshout

East Rand Representative

Brian Viljoen

Pastoral Care Co-Ordinator


West Rand Representative


Mpumalanga Representative

Jenny Bolt

Office Secretary – Administration

Peggy Burger

Office Secretary – Finance