TO FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS OF ESSA
It is with joy and gratitude to God that the Board and Staff of the Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa welcome Melt van der Spuy who arrived from Cape Town on 1st February 2016 to take up the position of principal of ESSA.
Melt is married to Anida (his wife of 27 years) and together they have three daughters; Marie (25), Simone (23) and Emma, 16. Anida is a food product developer, Marie is in her fourth year of a B.Ed., Simone is a graphic designer and Emma is in Grade 11. Their family home is in Betty’s Bay, a small coastal village near Hermanus in the Western Cape.
The principal of the seminary has a wide range of responsibilities and duties: foremost among them are to set direction for the seminary; to act as its spokesperson; to be a team builder; to protect core Biblical beliefs, moral and ethical standards, financial integrity, core values and historical commitments which undergird the seminary and to ensure that ESSA continues to fulfil its mission to train dedicated Christian leaders, in an urban setting, for the Church-in- Mission by providing quality tertiary education that is evangelical, holistic and contextual.
The Board and the staff assure Melt of their support and prayers as he takes up this challenging task for which we believe his background has equipped him well. He is a committed evangelical, who is also passionate about interacting very broadly and ecumenically within the whole church. He has an MTh from Stellenbosch University, with majors in Mission and Communication, and is currently registered for a D.Min at Fuller Seminary (USA), where his main focus is on leading turnaround change to establish and strengthen Christian communities. He has lectured on various aspects of Practical Theology at undergraduate level. He has occupied leadership and management roles both within the church (as a church planter and later as a senior pastor) and in NGOs. In addition, Melt has marketing and fund-raising experience. At an earlier stage in his working life, he was employed as a marketing manager by Imperial Logistics and, subsequently, as a general manager by Barloworld Logistics in the Western Cape.
When we welcomed Melt at tea on his first day at ESSA, I quoted from 1 Corinthians 15:58, and I would like to repeat Paul’s words once more: “Therefore stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.”
Melt joins ESSA at a time when we are expecting a site visit from CHE on 29 March. The outcome of our application for re-accreditation depends on the report that we receive. We ask that you pray for God’s will to be done so that ESSA may serve the church effectively in the future.
Please do login to ESSA’s Facebook page from time to time, as it is the primary vehicle we use for most of our communication. Every fortnight Melt will upload a topical conversation and ESSA’s progress onto Facebook.
We value your support, prayer and friendship and look forward to being able to share significant progress with you in the near future.
Yours in Christ
Members of the ESSA Board and Staff