Who is Pastor Gielie?

Gielie Joubert (Better known as ‘dominee Gielie’) was born in Bethal on 25 April. After matriculating from the Vanderbijlpark High School he enrolled with the University of Stellenbosch where he spent the period from 1974 to 1977 acquiring a BA and BA(Hon) degree.

During this time he also wrote and passed the “Admissie Bond” (Admission Board) exams for admission to the Theological Faculty of the University of Stellenbosch.

In 1978 he moved to the Transvaal(Gauteng) where he spent the period from 1978 to 1980 and acquired the following academic qualifications: -LTh at the Theological Seminary of the Afrikaans Baptist Church in Kempton Park and a Master's at the University of Pretoria.

At the beginning of 1981 he was called up for two year's national service in the then South-African Defence Force (SADF) which he performed in the capacity of a Chaplain. Apart from five month's border duty on the Namibia/Angola border, he spent his entire national-service period at Voortrekkerhoogte (Thaba Tswane) as chaplain to the Free Churches.

On completing his national service he accepted a call to minister to a Church fellowship in Polokwane which later became known as the Houtkruis Gemeenskapskerk/Houtkruis Community Church.

During that time he served for many years as a Citizen's Force Chaplain for the Far Northern Command of the SADF and later as Commando Chaplain. He also earned his D.Litt Et Phil from UNISA in 1987.

Over the years he also contributed regurarly to the religion columns of various local newspapers in Polokwane. For a number of years he was also the editor of "Die Baptiste Beeld" (The national newspaper of the Afrikaans Baptist Church.)

Pastor Joubert is an ordained minister of the Baptist Union of SA and of the Afrikaans Baptist Church. His wife Kotie, married to him for over 30 years has distinguished herself over the years as a faithfull steward in God's ministry with a particular interest in the Children's Church.They have two daughters, Rachel and Annemarie, who are both married. They also are the proud grandparents of one grandson, Tiaan.

In 2011 they moved to Hartenbos in the Cape where they are now active in the Kingdom of God and the community. In 2012 they established the KOMTUIS CHRISTEN GEMEENTE (KOMTUIS CHRISTIAN CHURCH) and invite everyone who do not have a spiritual home to join them.

Any questions regarding the above information can be addressed to Ginny vd Merwe, principal of Hadashah Learning Centre (in affilliation with Houtkruis Community Church). Tel: 0844875005 (cell) and 015 2932400 (W)