ABOUT US

WELCOME TO GAP

GAP is based in Greenacres, Port Elizabeth, in an area with easy access to main roads and is part of the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa.

Our services are dynamic, Bible based, Christ centered and led by the Holy Spirit.

This is a great place for your family to grow and serve together! We hope you will feel welcomed into our family and made to feel at home here.

“The church where everybody knows your name”.

Upcoming Events

Aug 11, 2021

Prayer and Worship evening @ GAP

Aug 22, 2021

Family Day @ Almost Heaven

Who are we?

GAP Church is a lively, vibrant and contemporary mix of people, cultures and ages.

GAP is not just a church; it’s a family where everybody knows your name. We embrace our multicultural diversity and welcome all ages to join us on Sunday morning. There’s something for everyone – amazing fellowship, dynamic worship, deep teaching from the word and opportunities to serve those in need.

Our mission

We are committed to being a church family that knows Christ, shares His love and makes Him known.

Service Times

While there are Covid-19 restrictions in place, we meet once on Sunday for a contemporary worship service at 9am. If you’re between the ages of 5-11, join us at GAPZONE – a great place to learn all about the bible and your faith, and have fun doing it!

Connecting with us

If we miss welcoming you during the service, please introduce yourself to one of the service leaders after the service. We’d love to meet you!

Where we meet

We’re located at 50 Nile Road, Perridgevale – Port Elizabeth – South Africa (behind the Greenacres Shopping Centre).

Our Team

Rory Spence

Senior Pastor

Brian Paddey

Session Clerk

Kayle Pelletier

Children’s Church

Lee-Ann McFarlane

Program Coordinator and Outreach

Lynn Forman

Finance

Jono Stander

Youth and Young Adults Leader

Brian du Toit

Outreach

Rory, our senior pastor at GAP, is married to Brenda and they have been involved in ministry in the Presbyterian Church for over 30 years. They have 3 married children. The family comes from Zimbabwe where Rory, as a qualified lawyer and advocate, was a Magistrate before they embarked on a Christian farming venture for 6 years to minister to the local farming community.

He and Brenda have extensive experience in youth ministry, and were the founders of ‘Youth Encounter’ in Zimbabwe, a national, cross-cultural, cross- denominational camp of 500 young people which has been running now for over 25 years. Their focus now is on family ministry and marriage, and they regularly are invited to speak on marriage and parenting on the radio and to wider audiences.

Rory is currently head of the Presbyterian Church in the Central Cape and has been elected to head the City Missions Team for the Port Elizabeth Churches.

Apart from preaching, Rory loves camping and wildlife adventure and sharing those experiences with the church family. He loves sport and often services get interrupted with a local sports announcement!

Brian is married to Jenny and they have two adult children. Brian is recently retired. They joined the GAP family in 2013 and Brian is the current GAP Session Clerk. He is also the Men’s Ministry convener, serves on the Finance and Remuneration Committees, is a member of the Pastoral Care team and is a Commissioner for the local Presbytery.

When Brian lost his right leg, the Lord led him to the Amputee Support Group, which he now Chairs. He enjoys reading, driving, the Karoo, nature, wildlife, Jenny’s cooking and Manchester United…not necessarily in that order!

Mat and Kayle Pelletier are American missionaries who have been involved with theological education in Africa for 11 years. They have a heart for teaching and preaching, deepening the roots of the African church. Mat works full-time for SATS (South Africa Theological Seminary) and Kayle is a part-time facilitator with SATS.

They have four children whom Kayle home schools: Calvin, Molly, Liam and Oliver. Mat is involved with the worship ministry at GAP while Kayle is on the preaching team and runs the GAPKIDZ children’s church for children grades 1- 6. Mat enjoys camping, braais and being in the bush while Kayle enjoys spending time with friends. They have been members of GAP since 2014.

 Lee-Ann has been working at GAP since February 2017.  After graduating with a BA degree in Missions specifically TESOL, from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois –she moved to Swaziland and ran a community care centre for vulnerable children for six years.  The opportunity arose to move to Hong Kong in 2013, to fill the position of Director of Missions for an international church, and Lee-Ann and Fred had fantastic opportunities seeing what God is doing in China, the Philippines, Mongolia, Cambodia and other Asian countries.   In 2018, as well as continuing in her role as GAP Program coordinator, Lee-Ann also joined SUNBEAMS PRESCHOOL, a community outreach of GAP, as Principal and Grade 00 teacher.  On Sunday’s, Lee-Ann co-leads Worship at the church.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Lynn arrived in South Africa in 1982 and lived in Johannesburg for 30 years before moving to PE. She is currently the Convener of the Finance Committee. Passionate about encouraging people to know God better and become leaders in the church, Lynn is very involved with the Emmaus Community Walks. She also loves animals of all shapes and sizes.

Jono has a passion for discipling and guiding youth to find their place and calling in God’s kingdom.  He completed the OM (Operation Mobilization) MDT training course, and joined the leadership on the training base for a year.  During that time, he spent 3 months leading a team in a ministry known as Africa Trek.  Jono enjoys rock climbing, playing pc games and hanging out with friends.

Brian has been a member of GAP since 2011 and an elder for 9 years. He has a heart for community outreach and leads “Streetlight”, a ministry to people who live on the streets.  Brian is retired and married to Lottie