The History of Wortelgat
In his search for a campsite for the Students Christian Association in the Western Cape (now SCO) George Fehrsen found the Wortelgat property. Realising it to be beyond the reach of students, he with friends set about forming the See – Eike Trust (Pty) Ltd to take ownership of the Wortelgat and mountain properties, with the vision to establish a Christian camp and conference centre, where shareholders gave this their generous support and are good stewards of the natural beauty. Following the approval of subdivision of the Wortelgat property to enable shareholder and camp site ownership, the See – Eike Home Owners Association was formed to manage all the activities of the home owners and the remainder of the property.
The Wortelgat Outreach Trust formed in 1997 to enable management to focus on the implementation of the vision, to take ownership of the properties used for the camping activities and also to benefit from the tax provisions for Non Profit Organisations.
The first fulltime staff were appointed simultaneously and building development accelerated. Progressively a wide range of equipment was added and the introduction of well-trained fulltime programme facilitators pioneered.
To establish an interdenominational Christian facility where young and old from all sectors of the community will be encouraged to commit their lives to Jesus as their personal saviour and where they will be challenged to grow in their faith and service to Christ.
To assist people to get to know and understand one another through shared experiences under Christian leadership
To be good stewards of God’s creation through the restoration and maintenance of the natural beauty of Wortelgat.
As stewards of God’s creation we will reflect His character through the management of our facilities and offering of experiences that are fun-filled and challenging so that hearts are joyfully turned to Jesus for transformation and growth in faith and service.
Declaration of Faith
The Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct; triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His substitutionary atonement for sin, His bodily resurrection, and His personal, visible return to the earth to reign in righteousness and glory; The Person of the Holy Spirit and His work of conviction, regeneration and sanctification; Who indwells every believer equipping them with gifts for service and witness. The necessity of new birth, salvation by faith in Jesus Christ alone, and the importance of a life fully committed to the will of God in Christ; the church of Christ who is head, called to be God’s redeemed people.
Renita Fehrsen-Du Toit
Acting – Chairman
Renita is a physiotherapist in private practice in Stellenbosch since 1993. She studied physiotherapy at Stellenbosch University and is currently also employed part time at the University of Stellenbosch, teaching and training students. She is married to Paul and has 3 school going children. As a granddaughter of one of the founding members of Wortelgat she has had a personal involvement at Wortelgat from a young age and continues to have a passion for the extension of Gods Kingdom.
Andrew works in the software industry and is an accountant by profession. He studied at the University of Cape Town and previously worked as the treasurer of a church. His appreciation of the value of Christian youth camps stems from the Scripture Union camps he attended when he was a child. He is married with three children.
David is a Civil Engineer. He studied at the Universities of Cape Town and Oxford. He has been active in the building industry in South Africa since 1977 in construction management and the manufacturing of timber products, and he has served on a number of industry bodies. He has been a Trustee since 1999. His skills are practical and hands-on, and he enjoys outdoor pursuits. He lives in Cape Town with his wife Jane, and has four adult children.
Dawie was admitted as an advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1985. After a stint in the private sector he joined his family business SA Greetings, which at the time included CUM books, Cardies, Carlton Cards and Transo Press. The group was sold in the mid 1990’s to American Greetings and the proceeds went to the F&R Crous Foundation, of which he is the Chairman.
Jurgens (MA, BTh, D Litt) was a Dutch Reformed Church pastor and then professor of Practical Theology and Missiology at Stellenbosch University for the past 45 years. He is involved in networking theological schools in Africa, travels a lot in the continent, and coordinates a number of development projects.
I have been coming to the Cliffs since I was eleven years old as part of the Annual Hermanus Camp. I am now a 60 year old advocate, sometime acting judge, married with three grown children, and it is time for me to spend some time dreaming about this beautiful place, and it is also time for me to be a part of the practical side of things, and serve as a trustee.
Stephen is a lawyer. He studied at the Universities of Cape Town and Oxford. He has been in private practice for more than 29 years, for a couple as an Attorney and Conveyancer in Cape Town, and for the balance as a barrister in London. He has been a Trustee since 1999, representing the Student Christian Organisation. He lives in Guildford, is married to Audrey, and they have adult triplets.
Sulinda is married to Corrie Muller and they have 3 sons aged 24, 22 and 15 years. Her heart is for the body of Christ to take hands and encourage each other to find their true identity in Christ and fulfil their God given destiny. As the owner of Malaki clothing store and Second Chances in Stellenbosch she is doing just that.
Grant is a sales and marketing director who got the call at the age of 47 into full-time pastoral ministry. He has earned his IMM diploma and Bachelor of Theology degree. He is also an ordained Pastor. Grant has recorded three albums, one secular and two Christian Rock, and has just completed his first book entitled When God Calls: Identifying God’s Strategic Plan for your Life. Grant is married to Sally, and has two daughters and a son.
Sally has extensive experience in office administration, is a graphic-design artist, and working within the church context in a similar capacity. She went to school at Fairmont in Durbanville and is a a proud mom and happilly married to Grant.
Chris is a qualified petrol/diesel mechanic having owned and managed agricultural and automotive companies. He has been involved in full-time Christian ministry from 1995. He has a Master’s degree in Bible and Theology from Columbia International University. He is married to Ava and has 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters all who live in Zambia.
Catering and Housekeeping
Catering & Housekeeping Manager
Cynthia was in Corporate until she moved to Stanford six years ago. Her passion for cooking and baking led her to purchase Coffee Corner in the town which became a local hub. After selling the shop she took a year off to travel and indulge in painting, gardening and baking bespoke cakes for individuals and markets. She has a life-passion to spiritually uplift woman especially those who are disadvantaged and abused, building them up in a personal and work capacity. As Catering and Housekeeping Manager at Wortelgat she believes she has been given the opportunity to live out all her life-passions.
Nadia’s journey with Wortelgat started in 2016 after she had attended the Emerging Facilitators Camp the previous year. She thoroughly enjoyed her time as a facilitator and was given leadership responsibilities in her second service-year. Because of her can-do attitude she was offered the Office Management role in Sptember 2017 and has excelled in it. With the Preogramme Coordinator position becoming vacant she was asked to prayerfully consider whether it was something she may want to take on and, by confirmation after confirmation, she felt led to answer the call.
Service Year Staff (Facilitators) 2019
I really want to make a difference in the lives of people, and here at Wortelgat I can really achieve that goal as well as my love for nature, adventure, and Jesus!
I am a child of God who has been gifted to make people laugh! I am confident, love all people, and game for anything I can learn from.
I am looking forward to growing stronger in my faith and in spirit, and want to be the man who God wants me to be.
I am a shepherd back at home and am looking forward to growing physically and spiritually here at Wortelgat.
I am a loving person who enjoys amazing company and laughs, and am excited for my journey at Wortelgat for 2019!
I am a fun-loving people’s person and like to make jokes! I truly am looking forward to the calling that is on my life.
Facilitation Group Photo:
From Left to Right: (Back) Dorian, Emilio, George, Oscar, Joshua
(Front) Marie’, Elche, Nadia, Destiny