The Bible teaches that there are two appointed church offices: elders and deacons. The qualifications for church officers are set forth very clearly in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. BBC is serious about biblically qualified men filling these offices. Below, we will introduce you to our elders and deacons.
You can also find information below about the church office staff.
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
(1 Timothy 3:1–7)
Doug Van Meter, pastor
Doug Van Meter has served as the pastor-teacher of Brackenhurst Baptist Church since 6 July 1993. Doug’s primary ministry in the church is the exposition of Scripture each week from the pulpit. He is also responsible for the mission and discipleship ministries of the church and is involved in much counselling. Doug is married to Jill and has five daughters—Allison (married to Tommie), Katy, Lydia (married to Gomolemo), Jessica, and Danielle (married to Shane)—and a growing number of grandchildren.
Stuart Chase, pastor
Stuart Chase was ordained to the eldership on Sunday, 8 May 2016. Stuart has been employed since August 1998 as church administrator, and serves on the eldership while continuing his employment in that capacity. Stuart is married to Dominique and they have two daughters (Neka and Skylar-Jayne) and a son (Deklan).
Edwin Steytler, pastor
Edwin Steytler was ordained to the eldership on Sunday, 14 October 2018. A long-standing member of the church, Edwin is employed by Novozymes as a technical specialist in the baking and food industry. He is heavily involved in the music ministry and in the missions committee of the church. He is married to Carolyn and they have four children: Christopher, Dylan, Abigail, and Brodyn.
Anton Beetge, pastor
Anton Beetge was ordained to the eldership on Sunday, 1 September 2019. A pastor’s kid, whose father previously served as an elder at BBC, he has served faithfully in various ministerial roles prior to and since his appointment as an elder at Brackenhurst. Employed as a dentist, he is married to Kerry-Anne and they have two daughter (Erin and Julia) and two sons (Aiden and Ezekiel).
Paul Moore, pastor
Paul Moore has been a member of BBC since the late 1980s and has been involved in various ministerial capacities over the years. Having raised three sons with his wife, Sandy, Paul is now a grandfather. He runs a fencing business. He was affirmed as an elder on 15 November 2020. Paul has been married to Sandy since 1982 and together they have three married sons and a growing number of grandchildren.
Quintin Starkey, pastor
Quintin Starkey joined the membership of Brackenhurst Baptist Church in 2009 and has served in a variety of capacities since then. His keen interest in missions work has helped him build relationships with various missionaries over the years and he heads up the missions planning team at the church. Quin, who runs a metal recycling business with his brother, was affirmed as an elder of the church on 15 November 2020. Quin has been married to Dennae since 2009 and together they have three three daughters and a son.
Tommie van der Walt, pastor
Tommie van der Walt joined BBC in 2010 and has been actively involved in teaching and discipling over the years. After serving for several years as a missionary in Asia, Tommie returned to South Africa where he now serves as the ministry director of Imprint Training and Equipping, a ministry that seeks to leave a healthy imprint on the ever-growing church in Southern Africa. He was affirmed as an elder of the church on 15 November 2020. Tommie has been married to Allison since 2010 and together they have one daughter and two sons.
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
(1 Timothy 3:8–13)
The church currently has eight men serving on the diaconate.
- Benevolence—Marius van Jaarsveldt; Jilu Oommen
- Maintenance—Greg Brits; Alan Leonard; Albert Meets
- Sunday Duties—Jonathan Hing; Selwyn Smith
- Music and Sound—Nathan Jordaan
- Sunday School—Mark MacKaiser
One of the strengths of BBC over the years has been our training of spiritual leadership. We are blessed to have several men in the congregation of biblical insight, who are able to accurately handle the word of truth. In addition to these important skills, we have many members who are able to lead people spiritually in biblical discipleship. Biblical discipleship is our passion and thus, as we put this philosophy into practice, we see more and more believers who are maturing and becoming spiritual leaders themselves.
One of the fruits of this discipleship mindset is the raising up and identifying of spiritually mature men who have a heart to shepherd the flock of God; men who have the biblically-mandated character and capability to fulfil the calling to the eldership (see 1 Timothy 3:1–7; Titus 1:5–9). As the elders identify men in the church, who have demonstrated the desire to shepherd (pastor) God’s people at BBC, the eldership, having observed their character, is committed to training them for this ministry amongst God’s people at BBC. They are therefore undergoing an candidacy program under the oversight of the eldership. There is sound Scriptural precedent and principle for this. The apostle Paul wrote to his disciple: “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). Paul had mentored Timothy and now he expected Timothy to do so to others. Quite clearly there were men in Ephesus whom Timothy was to train for leadership in the church. And as these leaders were recognised and equipped, so the church would continue to be strengthened.
This is the principled mindset of our candidacy approach to the building of the eldership. We desire to train men whom God has identified and to teach them what we know so that they can one day teach others. God has undoubtedly placed men in our midst who in due course will receive such nurture. Elder candidates attend elder meetings and engage in discussions about doctrine, church life and the practical administration of the church. They are involved from time to time in leading the corporate worship services and have the opportunity to teach small groups.
There is currently a single candidate in the program: Stephen Scholtz.
In addition to the church leaders (pastors, deacons, and pastoral interns), you may be interested in knowing who you might speak to if you contact the church office. At present, the church employs the following staff members on a full-time basis.
- Pastor-Teacher: Doug Van Meter
- Associate Pastor: Stuart Chase
- Secretary/Receptionist: Jenny Anderson
- Custodian: Moses Chibuda
- Cleaner: Wendy Chibuda