Elders

Martin Drysdale

(Pastoral and Preaching)

By the grace of God, Martin grew up in a Christian home and was converted around the age of 21.

In 2002 he set out to grow in his faith by studying at the Bible Institute of South Africa (in Kalk Bay), whereupon he felt the call to ministry. Confirmed in this calling by the local church, he served first as a ministerial intern, then as an assistant pastor, before accepting a call to Goodwood Baptist Church in 2014 to commence ministry among us.

Martin is married to Rochelle, and together they have three daughters – Rebekah, Léah and Christianna.

Winton Gibbs

(Finance, discipleship and small groups)

I was born and raised in a town on the East Rand that owes its existence to the mining industry in which my maternal grandfather was employed, while he was involved in open air preaching and church planting.

The godly influences of Christian parents and grandparents, exposed me to the gospel, but bestowed no right to become a child of God. The diligence of faithful Sunday School teachers was also instrumental in showing me my own heart, and my need of a saviour. I resisted the gospel until I was in my early teens when the conviction of sin and the claims of Jesus were vividly pressed upon me by a visiting preacher at a children’s mission. It was then that I was impelled to confess my sin, and turn to Christ, who came into the world to save sinners.

My early experience of being a disciple was characterised by a theology of works, but gradually I came to understand the liberating doctrines of grace unmeasured, by which I had been called out of darkness and brought into the light of the kingdom of the Beloved Son and by which I have been kept for over fifty years.

My wife Barbara shares a passion for good Christian literature, and a love of hiking in the Cape mountains. Our son Matthew is married to Christine and we are blessed to have three grandchildren.

We committed ourselves to membership of Goodwood Baptist in 2003, and I have served on the eldership since February 2011.

Chris Dumas

(General Administration Oversight)

Chris had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and at a very young age, at a holiday club, experienced God’s call. He has grown up in the Goodwood area and has been involved with GBC since 1981.

Chris is married to Tracy, and has three children: Jade, Shaun and Cameron.

The scripture verse that gives him the greatest encouragement is 1 Corinthians 1: 8-9, “He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.”

Shane Vidal-Hall

(Missions and Outreach)

Shane came to know the Lord in his days as a student and was recommended to attend Goodwood Baptist (in 1990) by the leaders of the Student YMCA Christian group who were very actively ministering and evangelizing at the time. He also boarded with a member of the church at the time and leading into his first few years of work. The then pastor, Bernard Cartledge and the YMCA leaders recommended many books which accelerated his growth in the knowledge of the Gospel and knowing God. He has been serving as an elder since 2013. Shane is married to Lynne and they have 4 children, Sarah, Stuart, Grace and David who have grown up in the church. Of the church Shane says ‘Goodwood felt like home since day 1 and I have felt committed to stay no matter how things changed and serve as faithfully as I was able’

Andrew Gersbach

(Youth Ministry)

Andrew grew up in Vanderbijlpark where his father served as a minister in the Anglican Church. While running a scripture union camp one-year Andrew heard the gospel being preached and his eyes were opened to the truth and he was saved.

He later worked as a teacher at Word of Life Christian School and while there felt a call to ministry. He moved to Johannesburg and served at Brackenhurst Baptist Church, first as and intern and then later as a Children’s worker, caretaker and administrator. He also began his theological studies at John Wycliff Theological Seminary.

In 2012 Andrew received a call to serve as the Pastor in training at Goodwood Baptist Church, he also married his wife Alex that year and they moved to Cape Town. It is here where Andrew completed his theological studies in 2016 at SATS and became an Elder of Goodwood Baptist in 2018.

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