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My wife Christine and I started this Grace Family Church 22 years ago. Before this we started and led the Empangeni Christian Centre for 10 years. So we have been leading churches for the past 32 years.

I am passionate about doing things as best as you can with the resources you have. So, in this blog I want to share my thoughts, insights and musings around leadership, church growth and Christian living. I may blog around surfing, sport and the political anomalies of our country as well. Someone once said, “wisdom is knowing how to do things”. I have sought to know how to do things my whole life and therefore I have a hunger for wisdom. I hope that this blog will provide readers with some “how to” wisdom.

Christine and I have been married for 35 years, we have three adult daughters, a son-in- law and two grand-children, Will and Luke! I am passionate about God, my family, the church and church growth.

If I were not a Pastor, I would be a professional surfer.

Mark van Straaten