The Fgi CIM programme is designed for those who would like to pursue an in-depth study of the Bible and experience the glory of God. This programme is not just for those who feel called to be a full-time minister, but also for those who simply desire to have a deeper understanding of the Word of God and to learn how to apply it to their daily lives.
Persons enrolled in this programme who successfully complete all 4 Required Modules, will receive a Certificate in Ministry.
This course can take 6 -12 months to complete, depending on the amount of time spent studying daily – on average 1-3 hours of dedicated study time/day is required to complete this course in under 12 months.
This CIM program is measured in academic credit hours. Academic credit hours are transferable from one post-secondary institution to another and are subject to the guidelines and restrictions of the post-secondary institution that receives the credits.
In order to complete the CIM, a total of 30 credits are required, these 30 credits are made up of modules 1-4, each module consisting of about 3-4 subjects.
Ron had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and by the age of 7 gave his life to Jesus Christ. He was Holy Spirit filled, and water baptized by the age of 8. His parents, Bert and Linda went into full time ministry while he was still a teenager, and it was actually in one of their church services where he knew he would go into full-time ministry one day.
Ron matriculated in 1989. He studied Electrical Engineering (light current) at the University of Technology Cape Town. After completing his degree he worked in the medical field installing, training & repairing HIV, pregnancy and decease-testing equipment all over South Africa. During this time he also completed 2 years of Bible School, which eventually propelled him to get his Masters of Christian Education in 2013.
In March 1998, Ron got married to Natasha whom he met through Bible school. 2 years later they answered the call of God to join the River Group in East London, South Africa, incorporating River Ministries and Faith Broadcasting Network as pastors. They served as pastors with many different responsibilities, including the developing of an evening Bible school and later the three year full-time degreed Bible School.
Ron’s passion to equip people has led him to become director of education.
Ron and Natasha have three boys, Reuel, Ronan and the youngest Raphael. He is a family man and loves playing squash with his boys. Reuel has represented South Africa in squash and the other two boys their province at some point.
Bert was born in Rotterdam, Holland. After completing High School and serving in the Dutch air force he had a desire to immigrate to South Africa. This he did soon after getting married to Linda. He started work in 1968 at Atlas Aircraft Corporation in Gauteng.
In 1976 his wife Linda accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour, and this messed his life up a bit. Not long afterward he too accepted Jesus into his live. With absolute commitment they surrender everything to Him, and said they would pay whatever cost to serve God. Bert and Linda ended up pioneering a Mission Church in Stormsvlei, this was amongst the farm labourers on a wine route. Here they saw how God by His love took whole families out of drunkenness, meaningless lives and transforming them into successful individuals. In the year 1996 they even experienced a major revival in the community. Farmers and farm labourers worshipping God under one roof, school teachers and students sitting under a tree on campus, weeping as the presence touched them all.
River Ministries asked them to relocate to East London in the year 2000 where they are still serving as shepherding pastors.
After 50 odd years of marriage, and almost 40 years in full time ministry, it is still Bert’s desire to see another outpouring on this planet.
Bert and Linda raised two boys. The oldest Ron, is now in full-time ministry and runs the education division in the same Ministry where they are at. Their other son Edwin, runs a successful lung practice in Cape Town. They are oupa and ouma of 5 grandchildren.
Ronia was Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, she is the daughter of Mr & Mrs Burton, who are pastors of a ministry in Port Elizabeth, she moved to East London in 2015 to join the River Bible Institute and she graduated in 2017 where she obtained her Bachelors of Divinity Degree.
Ronia volunteered with Every Tribe Missions in 2018 where she was trained as a missions Leader and went on multiple mission trips.
From 2019, she became a permanent member of the RBI Admin team, and Lectures at RBI.
Naledi was born in a very small town called Matatiele, and then raised in East London. A young woman who got saved at the age of 9 years old and found the love of a Father, in her Heavenly Father. Her journey of faith in Jesus and the Holy Spirit has enabled her to live a life of purpose, knowing that she can cast all her cares on Him, for He cares for her and this became her solid rock.
She is Passionate about preaching the Word of God to young people.
She studies at the River Bible Institute (Africa) from 2016-2018 and Graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity Degree. She currently serves at the RBI Admin office on a full time basis and is one of the Bible school Lecturers, She is also a Trained Mission Trip Leader, Young Adults Leader and Youth Leader.
She got married to Wayne Murphy in January of 2021
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