Lifegroup Leaders

Tuesday Evenings

John and Marcelle Dreyer

John and Marcelle met about 42 years ago at a Church in Boksburg, where John’s father was the Pastor and where they were later married in 1978.

They both served in the youth ministry and John played the bass for the worship team while Marcelle served on the catering committee and kids ministry for some years.

Some years later they were transferred to Durban and joined Gracelife Church in 2011 where they currently serve on the Deacon team and host a Lifegroup.

John can always be counted on to install and fix anything electrical and he enjoys woodwork too. Marcelle is a keen cook and baker and enjoys spoiling everyone with her treats.

Together they have 2 children, a daughter, Dominique and a son Jared. John and Marcelle are also Grandparents to 3 grandchildren.

Ryan & Jess Cullen

Ryan & Jess Cullen serve on the Deacon Team at Gracelife Church & currently lead their own Lifegroup every Tuesday evening, with their two girls, Casey and Tazlynn.

Ryan and Jess met when Jess was still in high school & have been married since 2014. They have walked a close walk with Gracelife, and have walked the journey of faith throughout their marriage.

Ryan has a passion to see people walk in their full identity of who they are in Christ and Whose they are! Ryan carries a revelation & heart of what it means to serve in the local Church & enjoys helping people build the Kingdom in this way. Jess, who is currently full time on the Gracelife Admin team & who leads up the Kids Ministry Team, carries the Father’s Heart when it comes to surrendering all through worship.

Ryan & Jess head up the Gracelife Heart 2 Heart Outreach, where they gather teams and go out into the community revealing the Father’s love. They have seen healings, reconciliations and profound encounters.

Wednesday Evenings

Lindy Gribben

Lindy is a Deacon at Gracelife Church and leads a Lifegroup every Wednesday evening. She joined this close-knit family of believers when the Church was still in its infancy and numbered about 30 members on a good day and so has enjoyed the privilege of both watching and growing with the Church, as it has matured.

She was born again as a child, but has learned some valuable life lessons in the world of willful hard knocks! However, God is faithful and she is putting her many years of experience in God to good use as a leader of a Lifegroup in which she is ably supported by her colourful but strong daughter, Michel. Lindy has recently joined the worship team on the keyboard to pursue her deep passion for intimate worship and reveling in the almighty power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

Lindy enjoys a full life in which God has blessed her with continued employment from a high powered HR position in a leading company reducing to now, part time employment, in a Dental Laboratory, in her “semi retirement” years.

She loves Formula 1 motor racing that her daughter jokingly says sort of satisfies her “need for speed”, balanced with all manner of very relaxing hand crafts, that vie for space in her limited time with reading, gardening, of course her keyboard, and a passion for the Word, supported by study in Hebrew and a lifelong love of Israel and “end time” study.

Clint and Louise Barends

Clint and Louise have been leading their Lifegroup since 2015, where they meet every Wednesday evening. They both joined Gracelife in 2013 and were married that same year. They have been serving on the Worship Team since 2014, where Clint leads on guitar and Louise is one of the backing vocalists.  Recently Clint and Louise joined the Eldership team in December 2016. Louise also serves on the Kids Ministry Team.

Clint preaches at Gracelife, keeping his messages practical and relatable. He enjoys music and plays a number of instruments. He also enjoys the outdoors, and has a desire to travel more. They both love people and building relationships, and are passionate about seeing people walk in the freedom and fullness of who God has called them to be.

Roland and Carmen Oliver

Roland and Carmen are a young passionate, newlywed couple who met at Gracelife towards the end of 2015 and in early May 2017 they made a faith decision to get married.

They have recently started a Lifegroup, which takes place every Wednesday evening in their home.

Roland comes from a powerful and strong family of believers, where his parents lead a Church called Ambassadors for Christ in Middleburg, Mpumulanga. This is where Roland grew up as a boy, before making his big move to Durban in his adulthood.

Roland currently plays in the worship team and both himself and Carmen serve on the Gracelife Kids Ministry team. They love to see children develop a relationship with God and to be a powerful impact in their homes, and amongst their friends.

They are huge lovers of coffee and Jesus! They are passionate to see people grow and be empowered through God and to see people from different religions coming to Christ.


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