Director: The Revd. Trevor Pearce
Before becoming the director of Growing the Church, the Revd. Trevor Pearce served as a parish priest for 24 years in and around the Cape Town area.
At the age of 19, in the home of Bill Burnett, the Archbishop of Cape Town, Trevor gave his life to Christ. In 1978, Trevor entered full-time ministry as a missionary with Operation Mobilization, sailing on the maiden voyage of the missionary ship Doulos to work in Latin American countries. He served with Operation Mobilization for 18 months.
In 1980, Trevor entered St Paul’s Theological College, Grahamstown, South Africa, and was ordained in 1982. His spiritual gifts are in the areas of evangelism, leadership and administration. He holds a Dip. Th. (St. Paul’s College), a B. Th. in Mission Studies (University of South Africa) and an M.A. in Organisational Leadership (Eastern University, U.S.A.).
Trevor also trained at the prestigious Haggai Institute in Singapore and in 1986 founded Haggai South Africa. Since 1988, Trevor has served as an occasional lecturer with the Haggai Institute International, lecturing in Africa, India, Singapore and Hawaii on such diverse topics as models of evangelism, leadership, goal-setting and communication.
In addition, Trevor is a founder member of the Transformation Prayer Movement, which began in South Africa in 1999. Under the direction of Graham Power, this has since grown into the Global Day of Prayer, which attracts millions of people worldwide to pray together each Pentecost Sunday. He also served as the National Chairperson for Anglican Renewal Ministries, Southern Africa, which is now known as Anglicans Ablaze.
Besides his work at Growing the Church, Trevor serves as the Deputy International Chairperson for Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA) – an international Anglican missions ministry that facilitates short-term missions around the globe.
Trevor is happily married to Cheryl, and they have three grown-up sons.
Office Manager and Provincial Coordinator of the Rooted in Jesus course: Estelle Adams
Working for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa for 12 years, Estelle joined Growing the Church as administrator in 2008.
In the ‘80’s, Estelle trained in the National Youth Leaders’ Training Programme. Serving on Applethwaite Farm in Elgin for three years, her work included community development and youth development.
From 1987-1997, she worked in the media department of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, where she started as the assistant to the Media Secretary, John Allen, and later worked as the Acting Media Secretary to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when the Arch joined the TRC. Her duties included the production of the Cape Town Diocese newsletter, “Good Hope,” and the provincial newsletter, “Anglican Update,” plus electronic newsletters.
From 1997-1998, Estelle served as Office Manager and PA to Chris Ahrends, the Director of the St. George’s Cathedral Foundation. She then joined the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry as Business Information Administrator, serving from from 1999 – 2008. Some of her duties included running a BEE forum, building foreign trade relationships, attesting export documentation, typesetting the Chamber’s business bulletin and overseeing the production of several printing projects.
Estelle is married to Thurstan Adams and has two sons, Nathan-Ross and Ethan.
IT & Media Consultant: Michael Künz
Before joining the GtC staff, Michael ran his own photographic business for many years. In 2002, he sold his business and started WebMix, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that focused on hosting and website creation. He also ran FotoVideo with his wife, Tilly, providing a professional photographic and video service.
In 2010, Michael started the process of answering a long calling on his life by attending Cornerstone Institute to study his Bth full time. This lead him to approach GtC in 2011 to explore ways in which he could combine his expertise as well as his calling to God's service. The result was that Michael joined the GtC team in February 2012.
Through GtC, Michael provides IT support, website creation and hosting, photographic and videographic services, in addition to advice and training in digital media, to dioceses and parishes. He has also created My Anglican, a database and communication portal for ACSA and beyond.
Michael is married to Tilly, and they have two children, two dogs, two cats and one amazing avo tree.
Website Developer: Nelly Mzaca
Ms. Neliswa (Nelly) Mzaca is our newest member of the GtC team. Nelly comes to us through the channels of Learn to Earn in Khayelitsha, and she is a graduate of the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography. Nelly is working with churches that want a new website or to upgrade their old one.
Youth Development Coordinator: Nicole Corlew Curtis
Nicole is in South Africa as a missionary from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Before joining the GtC team in February 2013, she served as the Associate Editor of devozine, a devotional lifestyle magazine for young people. During her 13 years with devozine, she worked with the editor to transition the magazine from a print piece to a multi-platform resource, including print, digital and mobile components. She also managed devozine’s Facebook page and oversaw the magazine’s Teen Advisory Board. Nicole loves working with young people and served as a volunteer youth worker for more than seven years.
Using her background in youth ministry and publishing, Nicole helps Growing the Church meet the discipleship needs of young people by providing resources and training, as well as print and online resources for youth and the wider church, as needed. Nicole also serves as the Rooted in Jesus Junior Coordinator and oversees GtC’s Gap Year program.
Nicole is newly married to Wayne, a South African, and is putting down roots in her adoptive country. But the rest of her family still lives in the States, and she is grateful for the technology that allows them to stay in touch. She particularly enjoys Skype calls with her sister and her cute puppy nephew, Joey.
For a list of the GtC diocesan coordinators, please click here.