Pastor / Elder: Lönngren Taljaard
Lönngren completed his pastoral studies at the Master's Seminary in 2010 after which the family soon relocated to South Africa. A few years of being associate pastor in several churches eventually led to the planting of Stellenbosch Bible Church. He has a passion for studying and expositing God's Word, training up men for the ministry, reaching the lost through evangelism, counseling from Scripture, all things church-related, and whatever the Lord through the pastoral ministry brings his way.
In addition to personal devotions and study, Lönngren is convinced that spending time in the Word with his wife and kids, enjoying meals together, and having fun as a family on a regular basis is what ultimately informs his ministering unto the members of SBC.
Elder: Norman Lawton
Norman grew up in Somerset West for most of his life and completed his studies in Business from the University of Stellenbosch in 2010. He met his beautiful wife, Elske, whom he's been married to since 2016, whilst attending the local Baptist Church in Somerset West. The Lord has graciously blessed them with three energetic daughters, Sybil, Vera (Twins) and Noella.
Norman has been fortunate enough to be under solid biblical teaching for most of his Christian walk and he takes great joy in studying and dedicating himself to God's word and knowing Him better through it. Norman met Lönngren in his previous church where Lönngren served as an associate pastor. They were then taken through the journey and privilege of planting Stellenbosch Bible Church together in 2015 where he assisted in being the Church Treasurer and a Bible Study leader. Through Lönngren's dedicated discipleship and training of Norman in the role of Eldership, Norman was placed, by the grace of God, in the position of Elder at Stellenbosch Bible Church in 2020.
Norman desires to honour our Lord by leading and loving his wife, training and loving his children in the instruction of the Lord, giving himself to the church, and in all things submitting all to Christ. Norman also enjoys training with boxing and kettlebells, and spending time with his family enjoying pizza and all things tasty.