Johan Olivier

Johan graduated from Pretoria University, South Africa in November 1982 after starting his seven years full time theological training in 1976. He was inducted as minister at Keetmanshoop North DRC congregation in the southern part of Namibia in 1983. He accepted a call to the South African Police academy as chaplain in 1985. In 1990 he was transferred to Bethlehem in the Eastern Free State to take up responsibilities as a regional chaplain in the Police force.

Johan accepted a call to full time congregational ministry in 1992 and ministered at Villieiria Pretoria, until he immigrated to Canada in 2003.

He accepted the call to a two point charge close to London Ontario – Dorchester and South Nissouri Presbyterian congregations. Six and a half wonderful years were spent with a people who brought him and his family to Canada. In 2009 it was time to leave and come to Knox where he was inducted September 2009.

Johan’s love lies with building up the local congregation. He started focused studies in this ministry in 1987. He believes the local congregation needs to function as a family of faith where every family member finds his/her place in the family. In the church family we love and serve one another according to our gifts and talents.
Johan finds rest in God who builds His congregation and involves us in it. This premise stands over against the tension in our lives when we believe we build the congregation and God only lends us a hand.
Johan follows an open door policy and whoever needs his involvement with whatever they might be dealing with in their lives; welcome to contact him.
In his free time and time away from the office Johan loves to spend his time outdoors – all year round; except January and February, he hasn’t taken up ice fishing.