Grace Fellowship Pretoria


Updated church constitution can be downloaded here

About Us

In 1992, Dr John MacArthur of Grace Community Church, Los Angeles, toured South Africa, preaching in a number of different cities. At that time, various people approached Dr MacArthur and expressed interest in starting Bible-teaching churches in their own communities. In 1993, Grace Church sent a church-planter to assist these people. With his help, Grace Fellowship Pretoria began holding services in September 1993, with seven people attending the first service. By July 1994, Grace Fellowship had grown to an attendance of about twenty-five. At that time, the church called Joel James, a graduate of The Master´s Seminary and intern at Grace Community Church, to be their pastor-teacher. Joel assumed the preaching and shepherding duties of Grace Fellowship in February 1995. The past decade has seen Grace Fellowship's attendance grow to about 200 on Sunday mornings. After many years of meeting in various school halls, Grace Fellowship moved into their own building in November, 2005.

Click here to download a brochure on Grace Fellowship Pretoria.


Other significant ministries of the church include the South African Shepherds´ Conference, Grace School of Ministry, and Word of the Cross. The Shepherds´ Conference is an annual church leadership conference held in Pretoria, Polokwane, and Cape Town, for the purpose of encouraging and training church members, leaders, and ministers. Grace School of Ministry currently offers in-depth training in biblical counselling. Word of the Cross is the resource ministry of Grace Fellowship Pretoria.

Grace Fellowship has also planted a church in Sasolburg. Tony McCracken, a graduate of The Master´s Seminary, Los Angeles, pastors the church in Sasolburg. Grace Fellowship Sasolburg has seen steady growth since its inception.

Click here to visit Grace Fellowship Sasolburg.

What We Believe and Teach

Click here to download our doctrinal statement.

Church Leadership

Grace Fellowship follows the pattern of eldership set forth in Scripture. Currently our elders are Joel James (Pastor-Teacher), Andrew Zekveld(Associate Pastor-Teacher),  Ian Murray (Elder) and Shaun Marshall (Elder).

Joel James

Joel James has been the pastor-teacher of Grace Fellowship since February 1995. Joel grew up in the north-central United States in a family with believing parents, and professed faith in Christ at a young age. After graduating from varsity, Joel attended The Master´s Seminary at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California. Joel completed his studies in May, 1994, and spent the next eight months serving as an intern in the outreach department at Grace Community Church. During that time, he was ordained and visited South Africa with his wife Rut. During that visit, the leaders of Grace Fellowship extended an invitation to Joel to be their pastor. Joel and Rut accepted the call and moved to Pretoria in February 1995. Both their children, Rebeqah and Daniel, were born in South Africa. Recently Joel was awarded a Doctorate in Ministry from the The Master´s Seminary. His doctoral work focused on teaching pastors how to prepare expository sermons.


Grace Fellowship Sasolburg.

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Homepage of Christ Baptist Church (Polokwane), Samaria Mission, and Christ Seminary.

John MacArthur, Grace Community Church, LA.

The Shepherds´ Conference, USA.

Resolved Conference, USA.

The Master´s Seminary, LA.

The Master´s College, LA.

Grace to You. The resource ministry of John MacArthur.

Homepage of Wayne and Carol Mack.

Bethesda Outreach - An outreach to African orphans.

Homepage of Augustine Bookroom.

Homepage of R. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

A blog by Phil Johnson.

Webpage of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, USA.

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