Mukhanyo has welcomed Rev Gesse Rios, who joined the Mukhanyo faculty in July. He and his wife Iolanda also hope to plant a new church in or around Pretoria where there is not as yet much Reformed influence.
Though he is a new face at Mukhanyo, he has been involved in mission work in Southern Africa since 1995. He is now also serving as base director for Southern Africa of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil. He is a member of the Presbiterio Noroeste Da Bahia church in the Bahia State of Brazil, where he is an ordained minister.
Why Mukhanyo? Says Rev Rios: “Because Mukhanyo prepares new generations of African Christian workers to serve the Lord, based on a sound and solid teaching of the Holy Scriptures.”
In his studies in Brazil, Rev Rios specialised in pastoral theology with the focus on missiology in his post-graduate studies. One of his three children lives in Brazil; the other two in Cape Town.