Meet the Team


Director: The Revd Trevor Pearce
Affectionately known as ‘Revtrev.’ Trevor’s job is to provide leadership, vision, direction and strategic thinking for GtC, along with management of the GtC team and its resources and with making sure that the organisation’s vision is turned into action.

Trevor came to faith in the home of and under the ministry of former Archbishop Bill Burnett in 1975. He worked as a missionary with Operation Mobilisation in 1978, serving mostly in Europe and Latin America. Training for the ordained ministry began in 1980; and after ordination, he ministered in a variety of settings—middle class, poor, township and rural. He played roles in significant ecumenical movements, such as the Haggai Institute, the Transformation Movement and the Global Day of Prayer. At the beginning of 2007, he was asked to pioneer GtC.

Trevor is happily married to Cheryl, and they have three sons and two grandchildren. He loves gardening, hiking, DIY projects and jazz music.

Office Manager and Provincial Coordinator of the Rooted in Jesus course: Estelle Adams
As the office manager, Estelle takes on anything that needs immediate attention and action and focuses on team welfare, as the GtC staff is a supportive family, taking everyone’s well-being into account. Before joining GtC, Estelle worked as a full-time youth worker in Grabouw (Elgin, Western Cape) for three years, served as the media assistant for Archbishop Desmond Tutu for nine years, worked at St George’s Cathedral Foundation as PA to the director, produced diocesan and provincial newsletters for ACSA, and worked at the Cape Chamber of Commerce in the Business Information Department.

She is married to Thurstan Adams, who is a property developer; and they have two sons, Nathan-Ross, a recent LLB student, and Ethan, who is studying project management. Estelle’s family loves music, hiking, tent camping and hosting guests, whose life stories add rich colour to their lives.

Administrative Assistant: Carol Manuel
Carol began her ministry with GtC, volunteering in the office to help out with the 2016 International Anglicans Ablaze Conference. In October 2016, she became GtC’s administrative assistant. Before joining GtC, she worked for 30 years as a bookkeeper for a company. Carol is married with three children and four grandchildren. She enjoys knitting, sewing, craft work, baking and cooking.


Youth, Young Adults, Children: Nicole Curtis
As a Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS) missionary, Nicole serves with her husband, Wayne, as the Youth Coordinator of GtC. She also helps GtC with their communication and serves as the Rooted in Jesus Junior coordinator in South Africa. Before joining the GtC staff, she worked for several years as an editor in Christian publishing. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, she is happy to call South Africa home. She enjoys reading, classical music, tennis and crocheting, but she finds knitting incredibly hard.

Youth, Young Adults, Children: Wayne Curtis
Wayne is a SAMS missionary who has a passion for young people and who has served fulltime, since January 2016, as the co-Youth Coordinator with his wife at Growing the Church(GtC). Wayne and Nicole provide support to Anglican youth leaders, helping them to have a more sustainable and discipleship-based youth ministry. They also work directly with young people, teaching and training them in discipleship. Due to Wayne’s professional background in close protection security, he also serves as a missions security consultant to (SAMS) missionaries (and other missionaries) living/working in areas of risk. In his spare time, Wayne enjoys training and watching movies.

Training and Leadership: Louise van der Bijl
Louise was very privileged to have Christian parents who brought her up in the faith. At the age of 12, she made a personal profession of faith. Louise studied at Carinus Nursing College in Cape Town and holds a BaCur degree from UNISA. She has worked as a registered nurse in many different capacities and in a number of different countries. Louise and her husband, Johann, are SAMS missionaries. They spent two years at St. Frumentius seminary in Ethiopia where Louise served as the librarian. Louise and Johann have recently joined GtC to work with the discipleship training and leadership.

Louise and Johann have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law, three grandchildren and two soon-to-be grandchildren. Louise loves studying the Bible, reading, cooking, hiking and outdoor living.

Training and Leadership: Johann van der Bijl
Johann did not grow up in a Christian home. He was a rather troubled and restless teenager who had begun to adopt a lifestyle that would have destroyed him. Thankfully, a friend introduced him to Jesus Christ and his life changed.

Johann has planted churches in Africa and in the US and has served as rector, Assistant Dean of the Appalachian Deanery, Vicar General for Global Partners, missionary and as Dean of St Frumentius Theological College in Gambella, Ethiopia. He holds a doctorate from Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry.

Johann is married to Louise and is a self-described ambivert and a foodie.

Bookkeeper: Joyce Horne
Affectionately known as ‘Aunty Joyce,’ Joyce Horne was born and bred in Pretoria and baptised and confirmed at St Mary’s Anglican Church Pretoria North. Having a love for figures, she went to work at Barclays Bank and obtained a certificate as a bookkeeper. Eventually, she and her family relocated to Cape Town.

After seeing GtC’s advert for a bookkeeper in St John’s Church Wynberg’s newsletter, Aunty Joyce contacted Trevor Pearce, and he came to her home to interview her—and the rest is history.

Aunty Joyce is a widower and has two sons, one daughter and several grandchildren.