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Simon is the National Director of Ratio Christi South Africa and also serves as the Chapter Director at the North West University in Potchefstroom. Born in Zimbabwe, Simon moved to South Africa where he completed his matric and gained a diploma in Land Surveying from Durban University of Technology. Simon also holds a BA in Theology and MA in Apologetics and Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Simon was also involved with the founding and establishment of Ratio Christi while working at Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) and has served as the President and Chairman of the Board of Ratio Christi. He is currently a Ratio Christi Board member.
(+27) 62 851 1602
Nel Brace grew up and matriculated in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Stellenbosch, she taught in London for six years. She completed a Master’s degree at Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) in the USA and now serves on the national staff of Ratio Christi South Africa. Through this work she strives to be a witness to those who do not know Christ and to be part of the resurgence of Christian thinking on university campuses and in the church at large. She is married to Simon Brace and they have 5 children – Eva, Olivia, Cai, Jannes and Ruben.
(+27) 64 747 5983
University of Pretoria
After school, Daniël pursued his studies in theology at the North West University in Potchefstroom. In 2015 he started his masters degree on the New Age movement’s infiltration of the church and consequently enrolled for a Ph.D. in theology which he completed in 2020. He is a pastor at the Reformed Church Brooklyn in Pretoria and on the leadership of a churchplant group called Dialogue. He established the Ratio Christi chapter at the University of Pretoria in 2018. He is married to Ansie who is a lecturer in linguistics.
(+27) 82 371 2040
Gerhardus holds a masters degree in Quantitative Risk Management and currently works at OUTsurance in Pretoria. He joined the Ratio Christi chapter in Potchefstroom while attending the North West University. He became more involved with the Ratio Christi after moving to Pretoria. Gerhardus now assists Daniël with the ministry work in Pretoria and will be joining Jonathan in piloting Ratio Christi College Prep in South Africa.
(+27) 82 566 4227
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Jonathan De Beer
Jonathan De Beer is a full time missionary for Ratio Christi and is piloting Ratio Christi College Prep in South Africa. He is also the chapter director at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN) in Pietermaritzburg. Jonathan was a pastor at Pietermaritzburg North Baptist Church from July 2014 – May 2018. Jonathan also has some experience in overseas missions as he and his wife, Deidre, spent nearly three years in China serving the Lord there. Jonathan studied Theology at the Baptist Theological College in Johannesburg and is currently working on his masters degree in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) in the USA.
(+27) 66 224 0475
Reitze Rodseth is an anaesthesiologist and critical care specialist working with Jones, Bhagwan and Partners in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He is affiliated to the Perioperative Research Group of the Department of Anaesthetics and Critical Care at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) where he is an Associate Professor. He has been serving as the chapter director of Ratio Christi at UKZN Pietermaritzburg since 2017. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers and was awarded the 2016 UKZN Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award. He is currently busy with a masters in Christian Apologetics and Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES), North Carolina, USA. He is married to Miranda and has two sons – Joshua and Nathan.
(+27) 84 290 5544
John was born in eSwatini but raised in Mpumalanga. After school, he spent six years studying at Rhodes University, where he met his beautiful (and long-suffering) wife, Jennifer. John managed to leave Rhodes in 1995 with a BSc (InfoSys) degree and an MComm. After completing his chartered accountancy training contract in Johannesburg, he moved to Harare, Zimbabwe and married Jennifer. After spending three years in Harare, and four years in Cambridge, England, John and Jennifer moved back to South Africa. Until the end of 2019, John was an Associate Professor in the Rhodes University Department of Accounting. He found that the lure into the corporate world got too strong, and is currently the General Manager: Finance at GBS Mutual Bank. John’s introduction to apologetics was when he hosted Simon and Nel Brace and their family for a week. After a number of very late-night conversations and attendance at a few talks by South African and international apologists, John was hooked! John and Jennifer are blessed with two boys, Luke and Mark.
(+27) 82 809 9399
University of Stellenbosch
Rudi De Beer
Rudi de Beer is the Chapter Director for the Ratio Christi Chapter at Stellenbosch University. Rudi was born and raised in South-Africa where he completed high school and earned Graduate and Postgraduate degrees in Engineering from the University of Pretoria. He also earned a Masters degree in Christian Apologetics from BIOLA University in the USA as well as a Graduate Certificate in Scientific Apologetics from the Reasons For Faith Institute. Rudi has worked in the Nuclear power industry for more than fifteen years and specializes in Control Systems Engineering. He currently lives with his wife and two children in Cape Town.
(+27) 72 305 2496
Advisory Board Members
Grant has over 10 years experience in business with a focus on early stage development of innovative companies. Grant is also passionate about truth and has completed a number of short courses in Christian apologetics and theology.
Peter is a Pretoria based attorney focussing on commercial and constitutional law. He is deeply interested in apologetics and the public voice of Christianity in society.
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