While most Christians believe the that Lord will return, the debate of how and when it will happen is not settled. Views vary, each with their own Scriptural interpretation. The Bible does not give us a clear outline in a single passage to explain this event, or events, as it appears to be, so we […]
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About Johan du Toit
Pastor Johan du Toit was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in a family of pastors, now in their 4th generation of ministers. He was raised in the Apostolic Faith Mission, a Pentecostal denomination that grew out of the work of John G. Lake. His ministry started as a Sunday School teacher after graduating from high school, teaching toddlers at first and ending with an adult class before he enrolled in Bible School in 1987.
Johan was drafted into the military for training at the age of 16, followed by a year of training at the South African Police College after which he served only one year before starting a career in banking.
Johan’s banking career took him on a winding path, starting as a junior clerk in the accountant’s department through all aspects of banking services to a management position in the International Banking Services department of the bank’s Head Office in Johannesburg. During this time Johan and Gerda enrolled as students at Rhema Bible Training Centre in Randburg, South Africa, attending evening class while continuing working at the bank during the day. They both graduated in 1988.
Pastors Johan and Gerda were married on December 8th, 1973. They have two adult sons, one daughter-in-law and one grandson.
Johan has siblings in South Africa and Gerda has one sister who lives in Ontario.
After two mission outreaches to Belgium, the du Toits started their ministry there as missionary pastors, leading a Flemish speaking church for 6 years. Although the church flourished during that time, the eldership started an action to bring the church under Flemish leadership, eventually bringing the congregation to a point where a division began to form. Johan and Gerda did not want to participate in such a development and decided to rather step down and see what the Lord planned next.
After about 18 months they were led to start a teaching ministry under the name WordWise in the city of Brussels with three sessions on a Saturday morning. After only three weeks they had to move to a larger facility to accommodate their growing attendance. Tuesday evenings were added and at the end of that year (1998) 34 regular attendees from 14 nationalities, several of them attached to diplomatic missions in Belgium, finished the year. Many of those year’s students started ministries in Belgium, other European countries and their home countries.
At the end of 1998 they moved to Canada to pastor Living Water Faith Fellowship in Newmarket, Ontario. At this time WordWise expanded as a correspondence Bible School with the first students in Sudan, then Papua New Guinea and eventually more than 20 countries.
WordWise Word School is still active with Bible Schools in South Africa and Kenya, and correspondence students in other nations. Its curriculum has expanded to a three-year program.
Pastors du Toit pastored Living Water Faith Fellowship until March 2015 when they handed the church over to Adrian and Irene Weening. During his tenure at this church pastor Johan was also a founding member of the local ministerial with strong relationships with local pastors and churches. Under his leadership three properties were purchased for the church, the last one a 5.3 acre parcel of prime land with a 12,000sf building which is now being renovated. Once finished it will be an outstanding facility where the local community can be served.
Although an introvert of character, pastor Johan is a strong leader who teaches the Word with great boldness. His desire is to see the church’s first love for the Lord restored, serving Him with passion and intimacy. The truth of the Word is his life’s pursuit with the new creation a major theme of his ministry.
Pastor Johan authored several books in Dutch, Mandarin and English. He travelled for many years to preach and teach the Word in about a dozen countries and he mentors several ministers around the world.
Entries by Johan du Toit
More and more Christians begin to talk about the last days, prophecies about to be fulfilled, the rapture, the tribulation, and the Lord’s glorious return. Questions abound, various points of view are put forward, yet uncertainty remains. The various versions of how the last days will unfold are all supported by good arguments, making it […]
We have a natural tendency to think that times don’t change, but they do. Next year will not be like this year, just as this year is not like last year. Everything around us is changing all the time because time doesn’t stand still. Challenges arise as time moves on. Smart people know to take […]
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And […]
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 It […]
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Corinthians 5:1 The first human body came right out of the dust of the earth. After the fall of Adam the curse that God announced on […]
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31,32 The verses above contain some of the most profound words of Jesus. He spoke to people who believed in Him, […]
“Please pray for me.” The Bible teaches us to pray for one another, that we should bear each others’ burdens, and that we should care for one another. We all need prayer at some time in our walk, and we all had someone ask us to pray for them. We believe God answers our prayers. […]
Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:7,8 The new birth is the great theme […]
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26 The first man, Adam, is called a “son of God” because he had no natural parents like we have. He came from God as a direct creation by God. God is Spirit, Jesus said in John 4:24, and because Adam was […]