Our Leadership

The Elders at Grace Toti

Jonathan Tempies

Jonathan Tempies

Staff Elder

Jonathan completed his MDiv from The Master’s Seminary in 2016, served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Richards Bay for over 6 years, and joined Grace in 2023. Jonathan and his wife, Christy, have three boys.

Stephen Mew

Stephen Mew

Staff Elder

After working in the engineering industry for several years, Stephen began his studies at The Master’s Seminary in 2018. He has been on staff at Grace since 2021. Stephen and his wife have three children.

David Brown

David Brown

Elder

David heads up our GEN2 Ministry Group combining the efforts of church leaders and missionaries. He is also Director of 7 Rivers Outreach and leads a revitalisation work at Phoenix Fellowship. He has four children, two of whom are in ministry in the US and Indonesia, and thirteen grandchildren. David has a PhD in Christian Ethics from North-West University in Potchefstroom.

Richard Allkins

Richard Allkins

Elder

Richard has been a member of Grace since 2000. As a deacon and later an elder he has led home Bible studies and filled in Preaching duties at Grace as well as a number of Sister Churches. Richard has slso headed up the Behold Israel ministry here in South Africa for the 2018 and 2022 Tours. Along with Jean he has raised 3 sons and has been blessed with 5 grandchildren.

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith

Elder

Kelly is a cowboy from the good ol’ USA, but when he married Cherise, an Umkomaas beauty queen, in 1998, he knew Africa would forever run through his veins. They started 7 Rivers Outreach in 2006, joined Grace Toti in 2009, raised five wonderful kids, and have three incredible grandchildren. After a couple of years on the pastoral staff at Grace, Kelly accepted the call to pastor FBC Umhlanga, our sister church on the North Coast. He completed his BTh at SATS and is pursuing an MDiv through TMS.