South Africa

Location :: South Africa

Cape Town

Located just outside the historic village of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape of South Africa, our community of full-time staff, residents, interns, partners, and friends are raising up leaders, serving the local church, and learning within community. Much of this takes place at EM's Community House and Retreat Center. It is a warm, spacious, peaceful, and inviting place. There EM interns, mentors, and visiting lecturers live, worship, study, and do life together. It is an integral part of our vision in South Africa. At East Mountain, we believe that some of the best learning happens around the kitchen table over coffee.

Stellenbosch is a small university town located approximately 50 kilometers from Cape Town. It is the second oldest European settlement in South Africa, founded in 1679 by Simon van der Stel. Stellenbosch is seated in the heart of the Cape Winelands where residents live in the shadow of jagged mountain peaks and rows of grape vines that surround the quaint historic village and outlying neighborhoods.

East Mountain works all over the greater Cape Town and Port Elizabeth areas, focusing much of our energy on leaders in the economically and socially challenged townships where God is moving in a mighty way.

Staff :: Cape Town 

At our Cape Town location, we currently have nine families who live in community and serve the needs of East Moutain full-time.

From pastors to business men, former members of the military to career missionaries, to engineers and young moms, God uses each person to breathe life and give hope through East Mountain's leadership programs.

Advisory Board :: Cape Town

Our Cape Town community serves under the leadership of our local advisory board. They represent some of the most strategic thinkers and impassioned leaders in South Africa. They  long to see discipleship bring together the church in their homeland.

Bouwer Van Niekirk is a successful businessman of Afrikaner descent who helps ensure our ministry is strategic. His ready laugh and welcoming manner add much to our community. Bouwer is married to Carlien and they have two children: Bouwer Jr. and Carolina. 

Adrian Montzinger is a lawyer with additional qualifications which have given him the esteemed title of Advocate in South Africa. His logical, no-nonsense attitude and gentle manner has earned him the respect and affection of our entire community. He is from the Northern Cape of South Africa. Adrian makes his home in Stellenbosch with his wife, Candice, an optometrist, and their two small children, Olivia and Jaiden.

Adrian shares what it is like to be a part of East Mountain:

"I believe East Mountain serve[s] as a valuable bridge between young Christian leaders who anticipate or consider getting involved in active ministry or missions. It so often happens that someone hears the gospel, is converted, and has the desire to spread the gospel, but is not equipped with the correct tools to do so. I believe East Mountain can bridge the gap by providing the necessary foundation to equip young leaders to get involved in any field where ministry is required."