Nurden Cross - ACM Chairman
CCfm 107.5 (Cape Community FM - Cape Town) - Station Manager
What do you do: I manage the day-to-day running of a community radio station, which includes the oversight and leadership of 5 division heads, a full time staff of 21 people and 60 part time staff and/or volunteers.
Where did You Grow Up: I grew up in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, in the North of South Africa;
Your Journey with God: I was raised in a Christ-centred home, with a family legacy of planting churches. I committed my life to the Lord at age 12 and was our church’s Youth Leader by the age of 16. Whilst at University, in my third year of studies, I received a strong call from God to use my God-given gifts to launch into creative ministry. When looking at the example of Christ, I became convicted about the power of telling stories through music, drama, dance and film. I went on to later launch and run a Christian Theatre Company which I was involved with for eight years. Following this, my continual involvement with mentoring and managing musicians and artists, led me to become involved in the Christian Music Industry. I headed up various record labels and music distribution companies for over 20 years. All with the purpose of utilizing the arts and media to communicate the message of Christ.
One thing you are passionate about: The Arts, Music, Reading and mentorship.
What is your view of the ACM: The ACM is strategically placed at the centre of South African Christian media organisations, in order to provide a service to our members, through giving inspiring wisdom and leadership. We are here to serve.
|Bongie Moyo-Bango - ACM Vice-Chairman|
Methodist Church of Southern Africa - Communications Director
What do you do: I am the Communications Director for the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and the editor of the New Dimension monthly Methodist newspaper
Where did You Grow Up: I grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Your Journey with God: I accepted the Lord in 1993 and my journey with Him has had many highs and some lows- it hasn’t been boring. I believe that I am called to work through the church or Christian organisations to influence change.
One thing you are passionate about: Reading and music
What is your view of the ACM: It is a strategic Christian organisation with immeasurable potential to influence and change the media landscape and promote a Christian agenda through an amplified Christian voice.
|David Hotchkiss - Founder and Director|
Sarepta Radio Consulting
What do you do: Assist radio stations to be more effective organisations, particularly in communicating the Christian Gospel.
Where did you grow up: I was born in Durban and grew up in Kloof, west of the city.
Your journey with God: I committed my life to Jesus at high-school, under the ministry of Michael Cassidy, and my faith was consolidated at UCT, where I studied engineering. In response to God’s call, my wife Janet & I did two years of missions training in the UK, and shortly after that I joined the African Enterprise (AE) team for about 13 years. I left AE to focus more on my calling to Christian radio, pioneering Christian community radio in South Africa at Radio Maritzburg. Part of my journey with God was serving the ACB (now ACM) as General Manager for a number of years.
One thing you are passionate about: Using media to communicate Christian truth in love.
What is your view of the ACM: ACM is an amazing platform to help Christians use media effectively, together.
TBN in Africa – Content & Scheduling Manager
What do you do?: I manage all content related matters for TBN in Africa, Advertising on the Network and Website/Social Media for the Channel. In this role, I am focused on sourcing, acquiring and maintaining all media on the network, as well as the managing and scheduling thereof on all the relevant platforms.
Where did you grow up?: Born in Uitenhage, just outside of Port Elizabeth, I grew up in King William’s Town, a small town outside of East London, with my roots proudly stemming from the Eastern Cape.
Your journey with God: My journey started when I gave my life to the Lord during a Youth Camp at the age of 13. A few months later the Lord opened up the doors for me to start serving at TBN as a volunteer in 1997. This proved to be a defining moment in my life as I am still serving, at TBN to this day, which confirms my calling to Christian Media.
One thing you are passionate about: I am passionate about representing God to the best of my ability. As he has called me to serve Him in Christian Media I take it upon myself to do things unto God, at all times, which glorifies His Name through everything that is achieved.
What is your view of the ACM?: The ACM is a central point where all forms of Christian Media can come together as different parts of the Body of Christ. Here connections are made to further the reach of God’s Kingdom by redefining Christian media and leading the way into a new exciting era of authentic credible Christian broadcasting.
Campus Crusade for Christ South Africa - Communications Team Leader
What do you do: I am responsible for internal and external communications at CCC including the website, social media and publishing of our materials.
Where did You Grow Up: I grew up in Potchefstroom.
Your Journey with God: I grew up in a Christian home, but decided to live an independent life from my parents and also from God after I finished university. After some tough times, I realised that I cannot live my life without a Saviour and committed my life anew to Him. I resigned my job with the government and joined CCCSA almost 15 years ago, first as a missionary amongst diplomats and professionals and later as the Communications Team Leader.
One thing you are passionate about: Preparing and serving good food!
What is your view of the ACM: I see the ACM as a platform where we as Christians together through different media, can influence public opinion, impact peoples’ lives and create a network of media professionals who might stand together in unity to glorify God.
Radio Pulpit - Chief Operations Officer
What do you do: I am responsible to make the whole business unit, Radio Pulpit, work as part of the Pulpit Media Group. This means all the programming-, marketing-, personnel-, visibility projects and all other matters normally associated with a radio station.
Where did You Grow Up: I grew up in Pretoria, in a suburb called Meyers Park, and attended Silverton High school. I also studied at Tukkies after school. The only time I did not stay in Pretoria was the 3 years that I stayed in Cape Town for post degree studies.
Your Journey with God: It started at a “school leavers” camp in Matric, and then I went to study Theology to become a pastor. Along the way God showed me other areas in life where He wanted me to work and get equipped. That is how I landed up in Christian media, Christian music, and management in general.
One thing you are passionate about: I am passionate about making an impact. I normally do not participate nor take part in anything if I am not making a significant impact. I am also very passionate about music, with piano as my main instrument, and 5 others screaming for attention. I am so fortunate to be the music director at my church.
What is your view of the ACM: The ACM is an important organisation, for it gives people in Christian media a place where they can belong, get inspired, fellowship, and be equipped for excellence in their workplace and for the Kingdom.
Focus on the Family: Africa - Communications Director
What do you do: I manage all elements of marketing, communication and broadcasting within the organization.
Where did you grow up: I am a Durban girl – born and raised!
Your journey with God: I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior in 2000, having grown up in a Hindu home. Being the youngest in my family, news of my decision to convert was not easily accepted but I thank God for his grace – today I can testify that my whole family is saved. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – is the scripture that defines me. I have experienced the supernatural power of Christ that’s made me in overcomer. No words can ever aptly express my gratitude for the gift of salvation.
One thing you are passionate about: I have a passion for the lost and broken-hearted – and I am committed to using my God-given talents and gifts to tell them about the unconditional love of Christ.
What is your view of the ACM: The ACM is a respected and powerful organization that supports Christian media, in the hope that more people will come to know the love of Jesus and experience eternal life through Him.
What do you do: I work as a freelance co-ordinator and administrator for the ACM.
Where did You Grow Up: I grew up in Johannesburg until I was 10 and then I moved to Durban where I still live now.
Your Journey with God: I grew up in a Christian home and have been a Christian since I was very young. It has been an exciting journey with many nail biting moments! Over the years God has become so precious to me as He reveals His goodness and faithfulness to me over and over again.
One thing you are passionate about: I am passionate about spreading hope, and that makes me passionate about Christian media. I thoroughly enjoy the work I do in supporting those that spread the message of hope and make a difference in our world. In my spare time I am passionate about being creative and decorating my home.
What is your view of the ACM: Media is a very powerful tool for good and evil, in God’s hands media will transform lives, communities and nations. The ACM provides a platform on which Christian media can work in unity to support eachother and strengthen eachother as we all work towards the same goal of extending the Kingdom of God.