Our Visionary Leaders
Dr. André Roebert has been in ministry since 1991; André married Jenny in March 1992 and together they served first as Youth Pastors, and later on became District Pastors to assist the Senior Pastors at Good News Church in King Williams Town (Eastern Cape, South Africa).
In 1996 God started to birth a deep desire for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in both André and Jenny and they started Revival South Africa, an itinerant ministry that travelled from town to town throughout South Africa, out of which The River Church and Ministry was birthed in 1998 in East London. Just two years later God led them into the first of many business ventures and a 55 000 square meter (670 000 square foot) building was purchased that would become the headquarters of the River Group today.
Dr. André and Jenny are the Founders and Presidents of the River Group, comprising many different companies and ministries. With the group's three satellite channels, terrestrial broadcasts, multiple building investments, a satellite radio channel, multiple associated ministries, a humanitarian aid division in full operation, and The River Hotels Group, they are able to touch millions of people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As part of the group, and key to spreading the gospel is Faith Broadcasting Network, comprising of multiple channels - satellite, terrestrial and digital - broadcasting the message of hope across the world. Drs. André and Jenny, together with many other people that share a heart for reaching the lost preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ both effectively and efficiently across the nations of the world. The entire continent of Africa, the UK and North America is reached through FaithAfrica and FaithUK via satellite; in addition, digital terrestrial transmissions reach parts of Africa (GoTV) and FaithUSA is broadcast in North America. The digital platform FaithNOW, offers digital streaming of all three channels, some radio stations and podcasts, as well as a wide variety of VOD options; since this platform is available on all the major digital stores for download the reach is global. Through these broadcasts, a partnership following of hundreds of thousands around the world, as well as several web broadcasts are now literally taking the gospel to the ends of the earth 24/7.
It is truly a story of grace and God's love for His children that drives both Dr's André & Jenny to continue to do all that He has lead them to do, as they remain humble to fulfil His purpose of seen the lost come to Him until that great day of His return.
Pastor Jenny Roebert, alongside her husband Dr. André Roebert, is devoted to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ reach every nation and creed, across the globe, through the medium of Christian television. Together, they minister to countless people over the airwaves on Faith Broadcasting Network, that covers the continent of Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
When in East London, South Africa, Jenny ministers with her husband, who heads up the River Group, teaching the Word of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit at their home church The River, of which they are the visionary pastors. Having been significantly touched and changed by the power of the Holy Spirit herself, Jenny is passionate in her call to be used by God to share the truth and reality of the power of God with others. She is passionate about the Word and fully believes that it has the power to change every human life, without exception, that willingly receives its truth into their hearts. She is an anointed writer, preacher, teacher, prayer warrior, and mentor called to encourage the body of Christ. With a sincere heart for people and desire to see the person of Jesus made real to them, Jenny doesn't take the calling and assignment she has been given lightly and considers it a Divine privilege.
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.
Bande Kentane is the director of Africa operations for Faith Broadcasting Network. Born and raised in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, he matriculated from Queen’s College Boys’ High School; furthered his studies at the University of Johannesburg (at the time ‘die Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit’ – RAU) and completed his Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting degree at Fort Hare University. He served as Toastmaster president for two separate clubs (2007-2009) and a radio presenter on a local Christian radio station, LinkFM. In 2011 he began working for Ron Kussmaul Ministries as their Africa operations administrator, whilst serving in the youth ministry of his local church, The River, and eventually becoming the youth pastor from 2012 until 2016 with his wife Thando.
2016 marked his transition to television as he served as the broadcast manager for Faith Broadcasting Network, and was later in 2018 appointed as its director. Alongside his wife, Thando, they host the television show Behind The Faith on Faith TV.
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.
DMiss, MDiv, LTh, BMin
Experience: Dr Davis has spent many years in the Academic field, firstly as Lecturer and later as the Rector of a Bible School who had students in more than 36 Countries.
He lectured in 13 different Countries, not only in Theology, but also on subjects like Management and Leadership.
He is also a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch's Facilitative Leadership Programme.
He is a SETA accredited Facilitator and Assessor and has published 19 books (so far!).
Dr Carl is Married to Ronel Davis and they have 2 sons, Kevin and Brent Davis.
She Matriculated at Bellville Technical High-school, after which she attended Beyond Adventure and the River Bible Institute
Chanté is a qualified Adventure Recreation Association Instructor and has her Bachelor’s Degree of Divinity
She was a Facilitator at Beyond Adventure (2013-2015); then a Kids minister (2016-2017); currently a Youth Minister (2018-present) as well as an RBI Lecturer
Chanté Narainasamy is a committed individual, who’s life is focused on representing Christ well. She is joyously married to Jade Narainasamy, who is also her co-minister. She is mom to Judah Kai, a beautiful, bright-eyed, curly-head boy. Chanté is passionate about seeing her generation walk in the fullness of Christ, grabbing hold of every opportunity and representing Christ as He Truly is!
Chantell Matriculated in 2003 and has a Bachelor Degree in Christian Counselling.
She has been faithfully Pastoring since 2010 and became the lead Pastor of River in East London, alongside her husband, Kevin, in 2017
And in her own words: "I am the proud wife of Kevin Davis and privileged to carry the title of 'Mom' to our four energetic boys."
She has an absolute passion for helping people discover their true purpose and identity in Christ. She loves to see people set up for success and become Kingdom ambassadors while they have an opportunity to live for the King. Authenticity and Integrity is her motto.
She believe in Covenant of marriage and is zealous about the restoration of ancient ruins, pertaining to family matters. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing someone discover the treasure within them, once they grab a hold of the freedom from sin and bondage which is found in Christ.
Greg is a born and bred East Londoner and was schooled throughout his school years at Selborne Primary and then Selborne College. In 1981 he commenced his university experience and read for a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. He completed a post graduate Higher Diploma in Accountancy and finally qualified as a Chartered Accountant after passing the Public Accountants and Auditors’ Board examination in 1986.
Greg completed three years articles with Deloitte Touche in Sandton Johannesburg, served in the military for an 18 month period and then commenced a career as a practicing accountant and tax practitioner for 13 years in a family business named after his father called, Graham Clur and Associates.
In February 2003, Greg answered the call of God to come to Christian ministry and he joined the River Group in East London, South Africa, incorporating River Ministries and Faith Broadcasting Network as the chief financial officer of the group.
Greg has developed a passion for teaching students, especially in areas relating to potential, leadership and the process of bringing young visions to reality and fulfillment. He also teaches extensively on business principles and the effective stewardship of Christian ministry.
Greg is married to Juanita (then Roebert) and has two married children. A daughter Jade, who is married to Chad Spencer and reside in Elmira, New York State, United States of America and Niall, who is married to Tayla and are currently the young adults’ pastors of River Ministries.
Jade attended Hudson Park High School, after which he went to Beyond Adventure and River Bible Institute.
He is a qualified Adventure Recreation Instructor & has a Degree in Divinity.
Jade has 5 Years of Leadership and Adventure Training experience as an instructor and 2 Years of full-time Ministry. (Present)“Passionate about the next generation being fully equipped to go about the Great Commission!”
And in his own words “Jade is a husband of one wife (haha) and IS dad to Judah Kai. Currently, he and his wife pastor a vibrant youth group called Fully Persuaded Youth at River East London.
He is passionate about seeing the next generation of leaders equipped and empowered, becoming all that God has created them to be.
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min). Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA in 2016.
Background: Serving in full-time ministry since 2007.
Position: Currently the Director of Ministries and Lead Pastor of River (among other things).
Kevin and his wife, Chantell, got married in 2008 and are parents to four boys. Their life-long commitment is to transform the lives of people by helping them discover and their identity, purpose and destiny and to shake cities and nations across the world with the message of faith and the demonstration of the supernatural power of God.
Linda was born in Rotterdam, Holland where she finished High School. At the age of 21 she got married to Bert and in that very same year immigrated to South Africa.
In 1976 Linda accepted Christ in her life. She completed numerous Bible base courses and eventually with Bert uprooted from Pretoria to join a Christian Community life in the Western Cape. God then called Bert and Linda to pioneer a Mission Church in Stormsvlei, this was amongst the farm labourers on the wine route. Here they saw how God by His love took whole families out of the dungeon and placed them with princes. In the year 1996 they even experienced a major revival in their church and in communities around them
The call came in 2000 to join River Ministries, where we are now shepherding pastors and running the intercession department.
After almost 40 years in ministry, it is still my strong passion to see God's people free from any bondage and walk in all the freedom, health, wholeness, prosperity and purpose God has promised us.
They raised two boys. Our oldest Ron is now in full-time ministry and runs the education division here at River Ministries, and our other son Edwin, runs a successful lung practice in Cape Town. They have five grandchildren.
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
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.
Waldo Malan loves music. Because of this love he has been involved on all levels of music since he was a child. His interest in music led him to the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, of which he was a member from age 9 through 15. While there he not only toured the world, but sang and started composition lessons in serialism with the Australian composer David Worrall at age 11. Incidentally, this was also the year in which he started with his piano studies. After matriculating at a co-ed, pro-rugby school on the Witwatersrand, he continued his musical studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
It was here that he was to remain from 1983 until 1997, reading for his Bachelor and Master degrees, ending up in the School of Music as a lecturer in composition, jazz piano studies and vocal coaching. He completed his Doctorate in Music Composition in 2001.
Since the beginning of 1998 he has been with River Ministries in various roles and functions. He is currently the Media Director for The River Group where much of his efforts are focused on the a global satellite and digital television operations. As and when time allows he continues to be actively involved in performing, musical direction, arranging, music curriculum development, composition and leading worship.
Zama Gumede was born and raised in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal. She gave her heart to the Lord as a young girl and started serving him fully at the age of 26. After seeing an advertisement for the Missions Training Program, her pastor prayed and told her that she wanted to send her. After the four month training in February 2013, Zama felt that God was calling her to join Every Tribe Missions staff full time.
Zama is now the Head of Every Tribe Missions and she is passionate about seeing people discover their true identity in Christ as well as discover their God given purpose.
Zama is an avid believer in God’s Word and its ability to transform lives.