Meet the Team
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 1978/9, 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.
New Bookkeeper: 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.
Retiring Bookkeeper: Joyce Horne
Joyce, affectionately known as Aunty Joyce, has been serving as GtC’s bookkeeper since 2008. Now, at 80 years of age, she mentors Carol in the handover process. Her motto: “Why must old age kill me when work for the Lord can?” Joyce worked for many years as one of the bookkeepers at the military hospital in Cape Town.
Exponential team growth:
It is extremely exciting to see a long-time vision becoming a reality – to see
A Diocesan GtC develop in every diocese. A few years ago our leadership team began to sense that GtC had grown sufficiently strong, having worked outwardly from a central place. It was time to transition GtC into many places – into every dioceses – where it actually belongs, closer to the people. A period of intensive training of GtC Diocesan Coordinators followed and continues. Gathering annually, our 3 to 6 day training conferences have borne much fruit. Our training is always residential so that our Coordinators can build friendships, get to know each other’s gifts and then learn to work in clusters – helping each other with regional and diocesan training events. The first step is to build a Diocesan GtC Core Team, followed by a full team.
In the last three years we have focussed on elements of our: “LEAD Project” – Leadership for Evangelism and Discipleship. Research and experience indicated that these key areas were places of great need. In 2018 we focussed sharply on Discipleship. In 2019 we focussed sharply on Evangelism – from 12 to 17 November. Theoretical training was followed by practical engagement.
The Coordinators were divided into three teams which in turn conducted evangelistic missions in three parishes. The parishes reported much fruit and huge blessing. But the Coordinators were some of the most surprised people – seeing God use them in ways that they had not expected – generally speaking. For many it was stepping out of the boat and then seeing God carry them “on the water”. On Saturday 16th there was a big ecumenical outreach and we took our Coordinators there to experience an outreach which about 10 000 people attended. On Sunday 17th our teams ministered evangelistically in 5 Sunday Eucharists, preaching, sharing testimonies, leading people to Jesus and praying for the sick and those in need.
Today we have teams of various sizes in most of our 30 dioceses. We for the first time had two fellows from the island Diocese of St Helena, situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. That was an experience for both them and us. Please pray for the ongoing growth of these Diocesan GtC Teams – spiritually, numerically and holistically. To God be all the glory!