ACBC Africa 2018 Conference – Your Family God’s Way – Cape Town

Wayne Mack – Director ACBC Africa

For more than 40 years I have personally been involved in teaching others to do biblical counselling at Christian Counselling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). the Westminster Theological Seminary, Biblical Seminary and The Master’s University and Seminary. During that whole period of time I have also been doing extensive counselling. By this time I have certainly counselled thousands of people. Of all the thousands of hours of counselling I have done I think I can say that well over 60% of the counselling I have done has involved counselling marriages and families. And I am sure that most other biblical counsellors would say the same thing. Most of my counselling efforts have been with Christians who were having various problems in their marriages and families, but on occasion I have had people who were not Christians come for counselling and it has been my joy to present the Gospel to them and then give biblical, practical counsel to them that would help them to resolve their marital, family difficulties. Helping Christians to solve their marriage and family problems or prevent them from occurring are extremely important issues for our churches and church members and attenders. Consequently, we have decided to focus the teaching in our August and October ACBC conferences for 2018 on key issues that will assist individuals and churches, pastors and parishioners to develop the kinds of marriages and families that will bring great joy to people so that they will have more biblical, joyful, personally satisfying and God glorifying marriages and families. We encourage you to register and attend and to also encourage others to do the same.



Wednesday 24 October 17:30 – 18:45 Registration
19:00 – 20:30 (plenary) Dr Mack – The Good Husband
Thursday 25 October 11:00 – 12:15 Registration
12:30 – 13:45 (plenary) Dr Tripp – Getting to the Heart of Behaviour
13:45 – 14:15 Break
14:15 – 15:15 (breakout) Sybrand de Swardt – How to Father when you Don’t have a Biblical Fatherly Example

Martin Drysdale – Family Devotions

Margy Tripp – Relationships

15:15 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 17:00 (plenary) Dr Tripp – Getting from Behaviour to the Heart
17:00 – 18:45 Dinner
19:00 – 20:30 (plenary) Dr Tripp – Gospel in Genesis: The Problem of Favouritism
Friday 26 October 11:00 – 12:15 Registration
12:30 – 13:45 (plenary) Dr Mack  – The Good Wife
13:45 – 14:15 Break
14:15 – 15:15 (breakout) Neil Henry – Resolving Conflict in Feuding Families

Margy Tripp –  Conversations – Talking to God, Talking to Myself, Talking to Others

15:15 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 17:00 (plenary) Ty Blackburn – The Glory of the Family
17:00 – 18:45 Dinner
19:00 – 20:30 (plenary Dr Tripp – Gospel in Genesis: The Problem of the Spoiled Child
Saturday 27 October 11:00 – 12:15 Registration
12:30 – 13:45 (plenary) Dr Tripp – Gospel in Genesis: The Wonder of God’s Grace Overcoming Evil
13:45 – 14:15 Break
14:15 – 15:30 (plenary) Dr Tripp – Gospel in Genesis: The Failure of Fatherly Leadership
15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:30 (breakout) Q&A – Dr Tripp & Dr MackQ&A – Margy Tripp & Carol Mack

The Speakers:

Martin Drysdale

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.

Wayne Mack

Dr Wayne Mack is a graduate of Wheaton College, Philadelphia Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary as well as having done extensive graduate studies at La Salle University, Eastern Baptist Seminary, Wheaton Graduate School and Trinity Evangelical Seminary. Dr Mack was chairman of the graduate and undergraduate counselling programmes at The Master’s University and Seminary in Los Angeles, California. He currently serves as an Elder at Lynnwood Baptist Church and is the Director of ACBC Africa. Dr. Mack has been inducted into the highest level of membership in the ACBC, and has authored 26 books on counselling issues.

Sybrand de Swardt

Pastor Sybrand de Swardt is Pastor of Lynnwood Baptist Church in Pretoria where he serves with Dr Mack and is the Director of Strengthening Ministries Training Institute (SMTI). Pastor Sybrand has completed his MA in Biblical Counselling from The Master’s University and is in the process of obtaining his Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a certified ACBC counsellor and has taught extensively on counselling related issues at SMTI as well as done extensive counselling.

Dr Tedd and Margy Tripp

Tedd Tripp is the President of a non-profit organisation called Shepherding the Heart Ministries. Tedd has both developed and taught materials for this ministry and is known around the world for his best-selling child-rearing book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, and as the presenter of Shepherding a Child’s Heart Ministries.

Tedd Tripp is Pastor Emeritus of Grace Fellowship Church in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, where he served from 1980 until 2012. Tedd was married to his wife, Margy, in 1968; they are parents of three adult children and 9 grandchildren. Tedd is also the author of A Parent’s Handbook for Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Hints for Parents, and with his wife, Margy, Instructing a Child’s Heart.

Dr. Tripp received his BA from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, his M. Div from Philadelphia Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his D. Min from Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Margy Tripp was born in 1945. Margy grew up in a pastor’s home in western Pennsylvania, graduated from Nyack (Missionary) College, and was married to Tedd Tripp on June 8, 1968. She is a pastor’s (retired) wife. Tedd and Margy have three children, two sons and a daughter. All three are married to great spouses who Tedd and Margy regard as their own children. They have three beautiful granddaughters and six handsome grandsons!

In the seventies, Margy and Tedd and their children had an open home ministry. Many single people and some married couples lived with them in those troubled years when so many were “trying to find themselves.” They had many opportunities for ministering the gospel in that context but, by far, God’s higher purpose was to show them their sin and need to know Him and live in light of His glorious grace.

Margy and Tedd founded Immanuel Christian School in 1979 after home-schooling their children for one year. Margy served as principal for seventeen years, teacher, teacher supervisor, curriculum director and board member in the early years of ICS. She is now retired from school life except for work on the Curriculum Committee, and she is picking up projects that have been on hold for many years. Traveling with “Shepherding the Heart Ministry”, Bible studies and counseling at Grace Fellowship Church, writing, and speaking consume much of Margy’s time. Spending more time with their children and grandchildren is a special focus for Tedd and Margy as well.

Grace Fellowship Church and Immanuel Christian School have afforded Margy many opportunities for a ministry of counselling over the years as well as developing materials and studies for children, ladies and educators. Margy remarks, “God’s mercy in redeeming me from my rebellion to know fullness in Him energizes me to study His Word and share the joy and freedom of the gospel with others.”

Dr Joshua Mack

Joshua Mack is the Pastor of Living Hope Church in Pretoria, South Africa. He also teaches at the African Bible Training Centre (ABTC) and serves as the Executive Director of 1Hope4Africa. He has co-authored several books such as Courage: Fighting Fear with Fear and A Fight to the Death: Taking Aim at the Sin Within and is the author of Compassion: Seeing with Jesus’ Eyes. He received his MA in Biblical Counselling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California, M. Div from The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, California, and D. Min from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr Tim Cantrell

Tim Cantrell is Pastor/Teacher at Antioch Bible Church in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a graduate of The Master’s University & Seminary along with Potchefstroom (Northwest) University. He is also involved with various initiatives in leadership training, church planting, church strengthening and has a passion for biblical counselling.

Patrick Nemabubuni

Patrick Nemabubuni is based in Pretoria, South Africa and a member of Lynnwood Baptist Church. He is the secretary of ACBC Africa and has completed the two-year SMTI programme with Dr Wayne Mack in Pretoria, South Africa in 2014. He is a Certified Counsellor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counsellors (ACBC) and has an MA in Biblical Counselling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California.

Neil Henry

Neil Henry holds a diploma in Education obtained at the Hewat College of Education and he taught secondary school level for 11 years before entering full-time ministry. He served in both youth and outreach ministries for several years before commencing his studies at the Bible Institute of South Africa (BISA) where he earned a BTh and then he received his BTh (Honours) from the University of Potchefstroom (NWU). He is completing his MTh in Missional Leadership through Stellenbosch University.

He serves as Director of the Christian Leadership Programme at the Bible Institute of South Africa (BISA), which provides training for indigenous pastors and church leaders. Neil has completed the two-year SMTI programme with Dr Wayne Mack in Pretoria, South Africa in 2010, and has been teaching biblical counselling to pastors and church leaders in the Cape Flats through the Christian Leadership Programme at BISA for several years now. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Evangelistic Church in Lavender Hill.

Children’s Programme

A Children’s Programme will be available during the ACBC Main Conference: Your Family God’s Way, Pretoria and Cape Town. A fully prepared programme will be run for the children during both the day and evening sessions.

The programme is available for children ages 4-6 and 7-13. The times are 11:00-5:00 and 6:30-8:30.

If you are interested in registering your children for the programme, please write to


Here is a list of restaurants in the area (@N1 City Mall, 2km from church):

Café Latino
Calamari King
John Dory’s
King Pie (Mr Price Sport)
King Pie (Pick n Pay)
Mugg & Bean
Ocean Basket
Sausage Saloon
Texas Spur
Urban Fruit
Wimpy (Food Court)
Wimpy (Pick n Pay)

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