Rev. Paul Mahlangu is quiet and peaceful when you see and talk with him. But when lecturing, preaching or mentoring, Rev. Mahlangu changes into a passionate enthusiastic speaker driven by the Word of God.
Rev. Mahlangu is a lecturer at Mukhanyo’s KwaMhlanga campus, this year teaching Biblical Worldview. On Sundays, he preaches at an independent church which he is busy planting in KwaMhlanga, where he has lived most of his life. During the week, he also mentors about 45 students at five distance groups in and around KwaMhlanga.
Born in 1963, Rev. Mahlangu became a lay preacher in the Church of Jesus Christ, without any theological training, like many pastors in that denomination. In 2004, a Mukhanyo student convinced him how important it was to know more about the Bible. So he started studying at Mukhanyo, eventually completing his BTh degree and BTh Honours degree. But the council of the denomination became jealous, opposed his studies, and threatened him until he decided to leave to plant his own church.
In the meantime, Rev. Mahlangu started lecturing at Mukhanyo. Through visiting churches, pastors and schools in the region, he got people interested in the Bible and was able to establish several distance learning support centres. At present, he mentors three groups in KwaMhlanga for the Higher Certificate (Bible Teaching and Church Ministry) in English as well as three Zulu groups for the Focus certificate. Some meetings are during the day while others are in the evening.
Rev. Mahlangu’s wife, Mary, a school teacher earned her Bachelor of Education through the North West University programme facilitated by Mukhanyo. They have a grown-up son, Bhekithemba, and a daughter, Nelisiwe, and are living within walking distance from the Mukhanyo campus. KwaMhlanga is their home and Rev. Mahlangu hopes it will remain this way.