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.
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 is a long-standing missionary serving under the banner of YWAM, with field experience in Hawaii. He completed a Masters degree at Regent College in Vancouver, before returning to South Africa to teach theology at the Cornerstone Institute in Cape Town, and to pursue a PhD at UCT.
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.
Miss Anri de Klerk – Bookkeeper
Mrs Monica Kanti – Cleaning staff
Mrs Mildred Mxaku – Cleaning staff
Mr Lee Maduku – Garden Maintenance
Mrs Annathea Grohmann
Mr Marcus Grohmann
Miss Teboho Makhabane
Kirschner De Villiers – Chairperson
Brian Shava – Vice-chairperson
Levy Banda – Treasurer
Dr Pete Chapman – Chairperson