The UCT Student YMCA Christian Study Centre is led by a staff team that works closely with student leadership. Organisational oversight is provided by a board and the national YMCA.

Ministry Staff

Rev Fritz van der Lecq – General Secretary

Fritz has been working at the Y since 2001 and leading it since 2007. He has BEcon and BTh degrees, and a Masters in Theology from Wheaton College, Illinois.

Dr Adrian Coates – Christian Thought

Adrian has served in Youth With A Mission for the last twenty-five years, in various capacities around the world, but always with a focus on educating and equipping Christians for living vocationally in the life of the world. Adrian holds an undergraduate degree in theology and philosophy, a Masters from Regent College in Canada, and a PhD in Religious Studies from UCT. Adrian is currently also a research fellow in theology with the University of the Free State.

Dr Jim Gieser – Operations

Jim joined the staff in late 2019 as head of operations. Jim has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and MA in Theology from Wheaton College, a MPhil in Higher Education Studies from UCT, and a Doctor of Education from Indiana University, specializing in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

Inga Gyssenberg – Community Cultivator

Inga has been on Student YMCA staff since 2016. Her focus is on developing and serving the Y community, with a particular focus on women. Inga has a BTh degree from SATS and is currently involved in Masters studies in biblical counselling and ethics.

Robin Ho – Spiritual Formation

Robin Ho joined the staff in 2010 and has a special focus on spiritual formation and mentoring of students. He has a BSocSci in psychology and Organisational psychology, and a postgraduate diploma in marketing, both from UCT, and a BTh from George Whitefield College. He is currently pursuing Masters study via Tyndale University in Toronto. He plans to complete his studies full time in Canada when the 2020-2021 academic year commences.

Ntobeko Mjijwa – Community Cultivator

Ntobeko has joined the staff in 2020 as community cultivator with a focus on men. Ntobeko has a fine arts degree from Nelson Mandela University and a Higher Certificate in Theology from George Whitefield College. He will be pursuing a Masters degree in fine arts in the near future.

Dr Jordan Pickering – Christian Thought

Jordan was a staff member of the Student YMCA between 2006 and 2008. Before rejoining the staff in 2019 he spent ten years lecturing biblical studies. Jordan has a PhD in Old Testament from Stellenbosch.

Support Staff

Miss Anri de Klerk – Bookkeeper
Mrs Monica Kanti – Cleaning staff
Mrs Mildred Mxaku – Cleaning staff
Mr Lee Maduku – Garden Maintenance

Associate Staff

Mrs Annathea Grohmann
Mr Marcus Grohmann
Miss Teboho Makhabane

Student Committee

Kirschner De Villiers – Chairperson
Brian Shava – Vice-chairperson
Levy Banda – Treasurer
Daniel Martin
Rethabile Mataboge
Rofhiwa Mukhondo


Dr Pete Chapman – Chairperson