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.
Gregg is an Architect. He studied at the University of Cape Town, and has been in private practice since 1989. He has been on the board of trustees since 2012, and was recently elected Chairman of the Wortelgat Outreach Trust. He has a love for Christian Camping that goes back to his early days at Scripture Union. He lives in Somerset West, is married to Lyn, and they have three grown children.
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 leads a software company and is an accountant by profession. He studied at the University of Cape Town and previously worked as the Treasurer of a church and a Finance Director in industry. 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.
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.
Leentjie du Preez
Leentjie is a registered pharmacist both in South Africa and California (where she lived and worked for a number of years). Since her return to South Africa she has however focused on multimedia content development and currently works as a freelance Photographer. She joined the WOT Board of Trustees in 2012. She is active in woman’s ministry and loves to see the love of Jesus transform people. Leentjie lives in Cape Town, is married to Johan, and they have three children.
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.
Nadia came to Wortelgat as a service year student in 2016 directly after finishing matric in 2015, She decided to stay on as a Second-Year Service Student in 2017 as she felt Wortelgat is where God wanted her to be. In November 2017 she was promoted to the position of Office Manager.
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.
Frans has been in youth and community development for the past 15 years. He started his service year at Wortelgat in 2009 and has been in camping ever since. His journey in this his passion and calling has taken him virtually around the world starting in Johannesburg where he took on the role of Programme Manager. He has also been a part of the Canadian World Youth, and spent two consecutive summers as the Head of Adventure at Summer Camp in the USA. Wortelgat though has always had a special place in his heart and we are privileged to have him back with us. He loves the Lord and thoroughly enjoys people.