To know Christ & to make Christ known

Staff

Luke Giles

Luke was appointed as the Senior Minister at TCC in 2009. In addition to his preaching & teaching ministry and pastoral care responsibilities, he has oversight of the staff team and the general day-to-day affairs of the church. He also leads the church council and seeks to train the next generation of gospel workers. He joined the staff at TCC as an Assistant Minister in 2002 after completing post-graduate studies in London, England. Prior to that, he served for seven years at another Southern Suburbs church.

In December 1996, he married Niki (a Chartered Accountant working as a Director of an asset management firm) and together they have two boys, Joshua (born 2005) and James (born 2007). In his free time, he enjoys reading a good murder mystery, catching fish and watching sport.

Graham van Veen

Graham has been serving as Assistant Minister since 2015. He is responsible for the evening service and oversees Children and Youth Ministry. Prior to coming to TCC, he was the Rector at Christ Church Glenwood in KZK. He holds a BTh Licentiate in Theology from George Whitfield College.

Graham has past experience as a retail business manager and restaurant manager and was involved in international missions with Operation Mobilisation. He is married to Nina and has two young children: Emily and Nathan. He enjoys reading, playing golf & watching sports.

Denzil Abrahams

Denzil joined the pastoral team in April 2017 an Assistant Minister with oversight of our Church’s Pastoral Ministry and Partnerships.

He graduated from George Whitefield College in 2005 with a BTh Licentiate in Theology, and was ordained as a Presbyter in 2006. Before joining TCC, he served on the Pastoral Team at St James’ Church Kenilworth with specific involvement in the Men’s Work, Senior Bible Study, and Co-Mission Partnerships with churches on the Cape Flats.

Denzil is married to Debbie and they have two adult children Clint (married to Portia) and daughter Linzi (married to Lee). They are also the proud grandparents of #PasBoy aka Ross Alexander Abrahams (son of Clint and Portia). Denzil enjoys running marathons and ultra marathons as well as a weekly round of golf to cope with the real stresses of ministry.

Kim Quickfall

Kim joined our team in January 2016 as Curate/Youth Worker. He heads up all youth ministry programs. He holds a Bachelors in Theology (BTh) through George Whitfield College. He previously served at Heideveld Presbyterian Church as a full-time ministry worker, St Andrews Church, Pinelands as Youth and Children’s Worker and ran the children and youth ministries at St Lukes Church in Mitchells Plain for his student placement which sparked his love for ministry in the Cape Flats.

Before being called to full-time ministry, Kim worked as a Financial Adviser as well as a Fitness Consultant. He is married to Julia and has two young daughters. He’s an avid supporter of Liverpool FC and the Blue Bulls and is passionate about food, especially throwing a chop on the Braai or making a Potjie.

Jeanne Westgate

Jeanne has been on staff as the Church Administrator since 2008. She has a keen interest in missions, and as a volunteer,  coordinates the Missions programme, liaising between the church and the various missionaries & mission partners.

Before joining TCC staff she spent many years in the teaching profession and tutored autistic children. She is married to Mark and together they have 3 young adult sons Scott, Paul, and Luke. In her free time, she likes to read, knit and enjoys music with some dark chocolate thrown in.

Cindy Koekemoer

Cindy joined TCC in 2015 to help out with admin and the front reception. She has been involved in ministry on a volunteer basis for the past 25 and has taught the bible to children, young adults, and women.

Cindy is a qualified Play Therapist (Social Worker) and specialised in Trauma Debriefing, which she did before moving from Natal to the Cape in 2013. She has been married to Martin for 17 years and they have 2 beautiful children Abigail, who is 11 years old, and Luke, who is 8 years old. When not working, she enjoys macro photography, reading, and crochet.

Susan Newkirk

Susan is the liaison between TCC and both the Westlake United Church Trust and Westlake Primary School. Her responsibilities include overseeing the Westlake Girls Bible Club, two Bible Clubs at Westlake Primary School, TCC’s involvement in the Westlake Feeding Scheme, and the Westlake Women’s Ministry that includes weekly Bible studies and monthly teas. She will be exploring other opportunities for outreach such as starting a Sunday School in the community and running an evangelism outreach program for adults.

Susan is a missionary with Mission to the World. Susan has been a missionary in South Africa since March 2008, first serving as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at another Southern Suburbs church until 2011 before coming to TCC.
Susan has a yellow lab named Kiko that she likes to take for walks on the beach. She also enjoys traveling, reading, shopping and watching good movies.

Matthew O’Kelly

Matt joined as an Apprentice in 2016–a training position, in his case, focusing on youth, music, and audio-visual ministries. Matt plans to go on to study at George Whitefield College with a view of going into full-time gospel ministry.

Straight out of high school Matt studied music at UCT, graduating in 2015 with a BMus in Composition and Jazz Arrangement. He plays in a number of bands, reads copious amounts of books, and wherever possible avoids wearing shoes.

Stephen Temple

Stephen is serving as an apprentice at TCC in 2017, primarily focussed on youth ministry but he will also be involved in some of the children’s programmes. His service will also include helping out with IT and the website.

Stephen is taking a gap year in the middle of a BBusSci Computer Science degree at UCT; he will go back in 2018 to finish his studies with the goal of pursuing a career in that industry. He enjoys reading all kinds of books, spends his free time designing websites and is always looking forward to his next opportunity to go birding and practice his wildlife photography.

Kirsten Wannenburgh

Kirsten joined the TCC team as an apprentice for 2017. This is a ministry training programme, where she will mainly be serving in children’s ministry areas.

She finished matric at the end of 2016 and is taking a gap year before studying in 2018. Kirsten enjoys dancing and baking in her free time.

Olivia Clegg

Olivia is serving as an apprentice at TCC in 2017. Her main focus is serving in music ministry, but she is also involved in various children and youth ministry programmes.

Olivia is currently taking a gap year in the middle of a BMus degree, specializing in flute performance, at UCT. She will return to finish her last two years by 2019 and then hopes to spend her life teaching music and being actively involved in church music ministry. She enjoys cooking and is always keen to travel somewhere.