Shane is from Charleston, SC (USA), and has been in full-time ministry for over 20 years. He began working in full-time ministry as a youth pastor of a small church. Since that time, Shane has held multiple pastoral positions at various sized churches. Shane now ministers full time in America, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. With degrees in both clinical psychology and theology, Shane is known for being an informative, brilliant and humorous communicator.
Shane is mentored by a pastor with rabbinical training, and teaches the context of the Scriptures from a Hebraic perspective. This perspective helps people to see God's Word in a completely new way and leads them into a more intimate relationship with the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Matt is married to Carol & they have 3 children - Lydia, Joshua & Grace. Matt has previously served as a Youth Pastor at Coffs Baptist Church & Coffs C3 Church, and has been Senior Pastor at New Hope Brisbane since 2006. Matt also hosts a weekly radio show called “History-makers” which now plays on over 730 radio stations around Australia, and has released two books featuring interviews from History-makers. He has also hosted two series of History-makers TV, now available on DVD. He currently hosts weekends on Vision Radio across Australia. More than anything he is passionate about sharing his faith with business people, students, churches, media, and anyone who'll listen. Especially over a good coffee.
Paul 'Skip' Smith has been ministering for nearly 30 years in almost every aspect of Kingdom life. From worship to missions, children to seniors, radio to senior pastor (yes, and even women's ministry), he is a prophetic trainer and creative equipper of the Body of Christ who loves to see the power and presence of God manifest. He currently works for Alpha Australia, is married to Leah and they have three children, Isaac, Sophie and Josiah.
Slabbert Pretorius – LTh, BA, BTh Hons, TAE4, MACE, MACEL
Slabbert is a third generation missionary, striving to lead as many people as possible to self-fulfillment in Jesus Christ. He sees Biblical Worldview Education as an integral part of bringing believers, young and old, to spiritual maturity. He believes that going to the nations to establish and support Christian schools and educational institutions is essential for true Biblical discipleship. He has a desire for Accelerate Educational Ministries and SCEE to minister and serve every client, church, pastor, teacher, and student until they come unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Every believer needs to understand God’s paths and purposes, His plans and patterns, and our full potential as children of the most High God.
He was called to the full-time ministry in 1979. He began his ministry career as a Youth Pastor in his local church. He received his LTh through Berea Theological College, and in 1983, he was served as an operational chaplain in the military for almost three years. He also served as Chairman of the South African National Executive Youth Council for 11 years, and chaired an Interdenominational church forum for a number of years. He is a Church Growth consultant and assisted in planting a large number of Churches in Southern Africa.
Slabbert was appointed by his denomination to assess A.C.E. in the early eighties, and followed the progress and growth of this ministry with great interest. He used his business skills to turn around a faltering school, and later served as Senior Administrator and Principal of Vine Christian School, a school using the A.C.E. program in the Southern Cape.
In 2011, Slabbert joined the ministry of Southern Cross Educational Enterprises (SCEE) as the Chief Operational Officer, and his responsibilities were to serve as visionary leader and lead the ministry into the future. He is currently the chairman of the Board and the CEO of Accelerate Educational Ministries (AEM) in the South Pacific/Indonesian region, an organization providing ministry support, training, and educational materials to churches and schools in this region. He has started a local church as part of this ministry and is working towards mustering support of a 1000 churches to assist in starting a 1000 bush schools in remote villages in the region.
He was married to Anna-Marie for 37 years before she passed away in 2019, and has two lovely daughters; Marcelle, a qualified pastor and business woman, and Charlize, an A.C.E. graduate and head of a Accelerate Academy, a music and arts training institute. Recently the Lord added Atraù Paul as husband to Marcelle, Trinity Alexis Paul as granddaughter and Joel Nisbet as friend to Charlize.