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Meet the Authors Struik Christian Media is the exclusive distributor in South Africa for some of the top Christian publishers in the world, including Thomas Nelson Publishers, Charisma Media, Destiny Image and FaithWords. The company also manages many of the leading international inspirational author brands including John C. Maxwell, Joyce Meyer, John Eldredge, Perry Stone, Joel Osteen, Jentezen Franklin, TD Jakes, Myles Munroe, John Eckhardt and Max Lucado; as well as leading local authors such as Nina Smit, Elize Parker, Bennie Mostert, Alan Platt, Leana Platt, Catherine Groenewald, Retief Burger, Louis Brittz, Lira, Lloyd Cele, Dr John Tibane and Dr David Molapo.

TD Jakes

TD Jakes Author

T.D. JAKES is a bestselling author as well as the founder and pastor of Potter’s House, which is one of the fastest growing churches in the nation. Bishop Jakes ministers to an interracial congregation of more than 30,000 members.

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Brian Houston Author

BRIAN HOUSTON is the pastor of Hillsong Church Australia. He hosts one of the fastest growing daily international broadcasts in the world. He is also the Executive Director for Hillsong Music, one of the world’s largest producers of Christian music. He and his wife Bobbie have three grown children and live in Sydney, Australia.

John Bevere

John Bevere Author

John is passionate to see individuals deepen their intimacy with God and capture an eternal perspective. An international best-selling author, with award-winning teaching materials, in addition to speaking at conferences and Churches, John co-hosts ‘The Messenger’ T.V. program airing in 216 nations. John has a doctorate in ministry. He and his wife Lisa, also a best-selling author, founded Messenger International in 1990, which currently has offices in Colorado, Australia, and the United Kingdom. They live in Colorado Springs with their four sons.

John Bevere en sy vrou Lisa is die stigters van Messenger International. As leraar en opverkoperskrywer, lewer John beginselvaste boodskappe en waarhede deur middel van bekroonde kurrikulums en topverkoperboeke, wat reeds in meer as 60 tale vertaal is. Dit sluit boeke soos Die strik van Satan, Wie My eer, sal Ek eer en Word bevry van intimidasie in. Hy is ’n internasionale spreker en mede-aanbieder van die “The Messenger”-TV-program wat wêreldwyd uitgesaaiword. John en sy vrou en hul vier kinders woon in Colorado Springs in die VSA.

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Bobbie Houston Author

BOBBIE HOUSTON is a Pentecostal pastor in the Australian Christian Churches. Houston and her husband, Brian, founded and are the Senior Pastors of the Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia.  With a contagious zest for life, Bobbie passionately believes in the potential of all people and is devoted to the Cause of Christ. Her and Brian’s all consuming desire is to place value on humanity. To that end they labor to see healthy men, women and youth emerge across the landscape of the Church.  Bobbie’s warm personality, fresh vitality, down-to-earth good humor and genuine love for God and His Word have helped her connect with countless people across the planet.  She is a wife, mother, friend, pastor, creative visionary, communicator, author, role model and mentor. Her life reflects the message that she teaches – that people have incredible God-given potential waiting to be unleashed. It is this message that has defined her life.  Bobbie was born in New Zealand into a loving and tight-knit family. Her father was Tongan and her mother was of Scottish descent. At 15, Bobbie walked into a church service being held at Auckland Town Hall where she made a decision to follow Jesus. She’s never looked back!  When she was almost 17, she met Brian on Papamoa Beach in New Zealand during a Christian convention. They were married in 1977.  In 1978, they moved to Sydney from New Zealand, and started Hills Christian Life Centre in a school hall in Baulkham Hills in 1983. Today it is Hillsong Church.  Brian and Bobbie and their three grown children – Joel, Ben & Laura.  Joel is a gifted musician and songwriter who is the Creative Director of Hillsong Church. Ben is married to Lucille and together they are pastors of Hillsong’s Northern Beaches Extension Service and Laura is creatively gifted and works for the church in the area of graphic design and marketing.

Joseph Prince

Joseph Prince Author

JOSEPH PRINCE is a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world through his teaching resources and television ministry. He is the senior pastor of New Creation Church, a vibrant and fast-growing church in Singapore, which has a congregation of more than 30,000. He separately heads Joseph Prince Ministries, Inc., an international broadcast ministry that seeks to build, encourage and inspire people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sheila Walsh

Sheila Walsh Author

Sheila Walsh is a powerful Bible teacher and bestselling author from Scotland with nearly 5 million books sold, including the popular Gigi: God’s Little Princess children’s line as well as trade books such as The Longing in Me, The Storm Inside, and Loved Back to Life. She was a keynote speaker with Women of Faith for twenty years, focused on transforming women’s lives through the power of God’s Word.

Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer Author

JOYCE MEYER is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers. Enjoying Everyday Life airs daily on hundreds of television networks and radio stations worldwide. Joyce has written nearly 100 inspirational books. Bestsellers include God Is Not Mad at You; Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits; Living Beyond Your Feelings; Power Thoughts; Battlefield of the Mind; and The Confident Woman. Joyce travels extensively, holding conferences throughout the year, speaking to thousands around the world.

Max Lucado

Max Lucado Author

MAX LUCADO’S books for adults and children have sold millions of copies and won numerous awards, making him one of the best-selling Christian authors of all time and the most influential inspirational author today. He is a devoted husband and faithful father of three daughters and he ministers at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas.

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Sarah Young Author

Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 16 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling® has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Today®, Jesus Lives™, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling® for Little Ones, Jesus Calling® Bible Storybook.

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John Maxwell Author

Best-selling author John C Maxwell is an expert on leadership. In 1985 he founded The INJOY Group, a collection of three distinct companies that employ 200 people and provide resources and services that help people reach their personal and leadership potential. In addition to building a successful organisation, John has authored more than thirty books, including the New York Times best-sellers The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and Failing Forward. John was born in central Ohio five and a half decades ago. He credits his excellent leadership instincts and his early leadership training to his father, Melvin Maxwell, whom he followed into the ministry. For over 25 years, John led churches in Indiana, Ohio, and California. In 1995 he began dedicating himself to full-time writing, speaking and consulting with others. He addresses more than 350 000 people annually at his seminars. Known as a dynamic communicator, he is in high demand on the topic of leadership. He consults with many American corporations and entrepreneurial organisations, churches, non-profits and sports organisations, and he participates in various television programs. He also dedicates time each year to teaching leadership internationally. He is well-known in South African leadership and business circles. The South African branch of INJOY is Meridian Marketing and John regularly holds seminars in South Africa. Many of his books has been translated into Afrikaans because of its popularity. John has earned various bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and has also received five honorary doctorates. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and enjoys spending time with his two grown children and his grandchildren. Two of John’s favorite books are How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie, and As a Man Thinketh by James Allen.

Gewilde skrywer John C Maxwell is een van Amerika se mees vooraanstaande kenners op die gebied van leierskap. Hy is die stigter van die INJOY-groep en laasgenoemde verskaf werk aan 200 mense ten einde die nodige hulpbronne en dienste aan mense wat hul volle potensiaal op persoonlike of leierskapsvlak wil bereik, te voorsien. Buiten dat John Maxwell hierdie organisasie suksesvol opgebou het tot wat dit vandag is, is hy ook die skrywer van meer as 30 boeke, waaronder die New York Times-topverkopers The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership en Failing Forward. John is vyf en ‘n halwe dekade gelede in Ohio gebore. Hy gee sy pa, Melvin Maxwell, die eer vir sy uitstekende leierskapinstink en sy vroeere onderrig in leierskap. Hy het in sy pa se voetspore gevolg en tot die bediening toegetree. Vir meer as 25 jaar het John gemeentes in Indi?, Ohio en Kalifornie gelei. In 1995 het hy begin om voltyds te skryf, en as spreker en raadgewer op te tree. Sedertdien het hy ‘n gesogte outoriteit oor leierskapsonderwerp geword. Meer as 350 000 mense woon elke jaar sy seminare by. Sy kliente sluit prominente Amerikaanse organisasies en entrepeneurskappe, kerke, organisasies sonder winsbejag en sporttorganisasies in. John neem ook deel aan verskeie televisieprogramme en staan elke jaar tyd af aan reise wereldwyd om mense oor leierskap toe te spreek. Hy is baie bekend in Suid-Afrikaanse leierskaps- en besigheidskringe. Die Suid-Afrikaanse vertakking van sy organisasie word Meridian Marketing genoem en laasgenoemde bied gereeld leierskapseminare plaaslik aan. Heelwat van sy boeke is in Afrikaans vertaal en bewys sy gewildheid in die plaaslike mark. John het verskeie grade, meestergrade en doktorsgrade, waaronder vyf eredoktorsgrade, verwerf. Twee van John se gunstelingboeke is How to Win Friends & Influence People geskryf deur Dale Carnegie, en As a Man Thinketh deur James Allen. Hy woon in Atlanta, Georgia, saam met sy vrou en geniet dit om tyd saam met sy twee volwasse kinders en kleinkinders te spandeer.

Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen Author

JOEL OSTEEN is the author of six #1 New York Times bestsellers. He is the senior pastor of America’s largest church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. More than 45,000 people attend services there every weekend. His televised messages are seen by more than 10 million viewers each week in the United States, and millions more in 100 nations around the world. His 24-hour channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and millions of social media followers have prompted numerous publications to name him as one of the most influential Christian leaders in the world. He resides in Houston with his wife, Victoria, and their children.

Lysa Terkeurst

Lysa Terkeurst Author

Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes. She is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina. She still has a crush on her husband, Art, who she’s been married to for twenty-four years. They deeply treasure every minute they can get with their four married kids and one teenager who still keeps them very young.

Local Authors

Elize Parker

Elize Parker Author

Elize Parker is die skrywer van verskeie tydskrifverhale, kortverhale en romans. Sy het al verskeie Christelike romans die lig laat sien waarvan die jongstes Eersteling, Soos sagte kerslig en Gewete van klip is. ’n Gebedeboek, Hartsgebede en beloftes vir die siel met die Paasgebeure as tema, het in Maart 2016 die lig gesien. Sy is ’n gesoute joernalis en tans omgewingsverslaggewer by Die Laevelder. Benewens haar skryfwerk bied sy ook verskeie radioprogramme aan.

Maretha Maartens

Maretha Maartens Author

Maretha Maartens is die skrywer van omtrent 90 boeke. Sy het op Jacobsdal en Petrusburg in die Vrystaat grootgeword. Sy was dosent in didaktiek voordat Hennie tot die bediening toegetree het. Hennie en Maretha is 31 jaar getroud en woon in Bloemfontein. Hulle het twee dogters, Danila Liebenberg en Naomi Maartens, asook twee kleindogters, Margerethe en Lilian, Otto en Danila se spruite. Maretha het in haar vyftigs leer snorkel, is gek na kameelry, leer haar kleindogters teken, swem en op die rekenaar werk, skryf graag toneelstukke vir groot groepe en doen ewe graag die regie daarvan. Sy geniet navorsing oor enige onderwerp en het ‘n besondere passie vir Israel en Bybelse argeologie. Sy gesels eerder met kinders as om oor koeitjies en kalfies te gesels met volwassenes, sy skryf eerder as hekel, lees eerder as om televisie te kyk. ‘n Skrifgedeelte wat groot betekenis vir haar inhou is Johannes 1:16 “Uit sy oorvloed het ons almal genade op genade ontvang”.

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Alan Platt Author

“Alan Platt is an agent of transformation in the lives of individuals, local churches and corporate structures of society. He has been in full-­‐time ministry since 1983, serving the church on various levels. Under his leadership, Doxa Deo has been established as a strong and effective city-­‐ reaching model. In Tshwane (Pretoria, South Africa) Doxa Deo serves 30 000 people (referred to as partners) in ten different campuses (local churches functioning as one integrated church in the city). This ministry has also established churches in five other cities in South Africa, as well as three internationally (London, UK; Auckland, New Zealand; and Stuttgart, Germany).
Alan Platt is ’n katalisator vir verandering in individue se lewens, in plaaslike kerke en in korportatiewe strukture van die samelewing. Hy is reeds sedert 1983 in die voltydse bediening, waar hy die kerk op verskeie vlakke dien. Onder sy leierskap is Doxa Deo gevestig as ’n sterk en doeltreffende model om stadsmense te bereik. In Tshwane (Pretoria, Suid-­‐Afrika) bedien Doxa Deo ongeveer 30 000 mense op tien verskillende kampusse (plaaslike kerke wat as een funksioneer in die stad). Hierdie bediening het ook kerke gestig in
vyf ander stede in Suid-­‐Afrika, asook internasionaal (Londen in die Verenigde Koninkryk; Auckland, Nieu-­‐Seeland; en Stuttgart, Duitsland).”

Bennie Mostert

Bennie Mostert Author

BENNIE MOSTERT is tans bestuurder van Jerigo Mure Internasionale Gebedsnetwerk. Hy het homself oor die afgelope 42 jaar daarop toegelê om gebed te mobiliseer en mense aan te moedig om te bid vir herlewing, die onbereiktes en vir ons land. Hy het talle boeke oor gebed geskryf en is tentmakerleraar verbonde aan die Ned.Geref. Kerk Moreletapark. Bennie het reeds 19 boeke geskryf, waarvan die meeste in Engels en Arabies vertaal is.

Leana Platt

Leana Platt Author

“Leana Platt is a popular keynote speaker, ministering locally as well as internationally. She has been in full-time ministry for more than 20 years, together with her husband, Alan, with Doxa Deo in Pretoria.
She enjoys ministering to women’s groups. Her passion is to encourage and help women to live the Word of God in a practical way, and to be a mentor to women in full-time ministry who are in leadership positions. “

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Annabelle Grobler Author

Annabelle Grobler holds a national diploma in graphic design. She received an award of excellence from the Spicers Paper Company in a Christmas card design competition. She works as a graphic designer and artist, specializing in oil colors, pastels, water colors and acrylics. She also does landscape design, illustrations, book covers and designing corporate identities.

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Jean Keys Author

Jean Keys is ‘n motiveringspreker, pastor en lewensafrigter met ‘n passie om mense te help om hul volle potensiaal te bereik. Sy het aan Rhema Bybelkollege sowel as Irene Teologiese Kollege gestudeer en is al vir 25 jaar lank in die bediening. Jean help mense om hul passie en lewensdoel te ontdek met haar werkswinkels en individuele berading. Sy help ook jongmense met hul keuses van studierigting en beroep deur middel van ’n aanlyn-hulpmiddel wat as Career Direct bekendstaan. Jean het die voorreg gehad om ’n jaar lank vir die Ican Maxwell-stigting te werk waar sy haar ‘Master Coach’-sertifikasie ontvang het. As ’n vrou, ma en ouma is Jean se lewensmotto om altyd jou gesin eerste te stel. Jean Keys is a motivational speaker, pastor and life coach with a passion to help people reach their full potential. She is a graduate from the Rhema Bible College and Irene Theological College, has been a pastor for 25 years and loves to officiate at weddings. Jean helps people discover their passion and purpose through her workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions. She also helps young people with subject and career choices by using an online tool called Career Direct. Jean was privileged to spend a year working for the Ican Maxwell foundation where she obtained her Master Coach certification. This opened new opportunities in the field of Leadership training. As a wife, mother and grandmother, Jean’s motto is that it is important to always put your own family first.

CHANELLE CORREIA

Chanelle Correia Author

CHANELLE CORREIA has been working as a full-time artist for the past ten years. She started off by painting on canvas and later progressed to owning a small art gallery, designing greeting cards and a print range for children’s rooms, creating a wide range of murals as well as a DVD range teaching kids how to draw. In addition to that she also teaches art classes to primary school children. Her name appears on more than a thousand works of art that are displayed in homes and offices all over the world. The single mother of two currently lives in Cape Town.