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Rina Delport

Rina is the wife of Andre who is the founder of HOA. She has been supportive of his mission endeavors and joined him on her first mission trip to Malawi in 1998. She has since then been on many trips and especially have a passion and burden for the women of Africa as well as leading them in Expressive Worship. She leads the Women conferences as well as the local Worship team in Kenya. Rina and Andre have 3 daughters and 2 grand daughters and two grandsons.




Pastor Bob Powers

Bob had his beginning as business owner. He started roofing and fencing companies in Illinois and Virginia. He sold real estate and worked as a building superintendent of a building renovation company. He started a real estate photography business doing 3D virtual reality videos for realtors. Bob gave his life to Jesus Christ in September of 1980 and has been serving the Lord ever since. He is a graduate of Liberty University and in process of getting his masters degree in Biblical Studies.

Pastor Bob has been pastoring for over 25 years. He first started as an intern working with youth. He served as Director of Christian Education, Director of Evangelism, and then an associate pastor. He led an inner city church as campus pastor where he led the work as the campus senior pastor. After ten years being an associate, Pastor Bob felt the calling to start a church. He started a church in the home of a friend and grew the church to a high day of 545. He pastored the church for sixteen years before becoming an active part of Hands On Africa.

Pastor Bob has had a history of teaching and preaching both at local churches and open air rallies. He has taught pastors in the United States through Ashburn Baptist Bible Institute and Standing Stones Firm Foundations Bible Institute. He has taught pastors in Mexico, China and multiple countries in Africa through Hands On Africa.

On a more personal level, Pastor Bob loves to golf, ride his Harley and spend time with his wife of 35 years. He has three children, five grandchildren and a couple of dogs.


Marius de Villiers

Marius de Villiers is an ordained minister of the Baptist Union of South Africa. He comes from a marketing and business background but has felt called to Christian ministry in 2004. He graduated from the seminary 2009 with a B.Min. He also graduated in 2013 with an MBA at the University of Stellenbosch and completed his Masters in Practical Theology at the University of Pretoria in 2015. His research interest includes Practical Theology subjects, Leadership, Financial Counselling and Marginal Religious Movements. Marius has been teaching part-time at the Cape Town Baptist Seminary (CTBS) since 2010. He then joined CTBS fulltime in January 2014 as the Foundation Director and Lecturer.

Marius felt Gods call to missions and joined Hands on Africa in October 2015. HOA called him as Lecturer and Developer, but because of his background he will also assist the President with continual, holistically assessing the organization and propose appropriate strategies for long-term sustainability. In conjunction with the Board, assess the long term financial trends and review prospects for future growth and new ministry areas especialy in the USA and Africa.

Marius is married to Rehana which, is also passionate about God's word and is busy completeing her Masters in Practical Theology at CTBS. They have 5 children and have been married for 14 years.


Michelle Koorts

Michelle has been involved in Hands on Africa since 1999 after her first mission trip to Malawi in 1998. She is currently Missions Director and our only home base fulltime employee. Michelle has a passion for the spiritual and humanitarian needs of Africa and coordinates all our religious activities, various projects, cultural preparation and fundraising efforts. The wellbeing of African children, especially the orphans of Africa, is of high concern to her and oversees our Orphan projects. She is dedicated to the causes of HOA and has committed her life to the wellbeing and future of the ministry. She is married to Emile and has 2 daughters and a son.


    Tom Willson

"The FATHER of baseball in Kenya" had a dream 2 years ago about God using him to bring baseball to children in Africa. In 2010 Tom joined Hands on Africa and now after 3 trips to Africa Tom can already look back and see how God fulfilled his dream. Tom is our Director of baseball and is sold out to the cause and vision of God's work through HOA in Africa. He is married to Sue and have 2 boys and 2 girls.



 Esao and Dorine Jobando (KENYA)

Esao and Dorine are born Kenyans and started the work in Migori Kenya in 1997 with Andre. They are the overseers of the Kenya project and well respected by everyone. Esao serves as Bishop overseeing the many churches we are responsible for in Kenya and also work as administrator of the Health Center, he is Andre's right hand man and a key part of HOA in Kenya. Jobando graduated with his Masters Degree in Theology in 2012. Dorine is in charge of the Carol's Orphanage as well as the Expressive Worship Team. She completed her Certificate in Pastoral Care in 2010. They have 3 daughters and 1 son.


Lyson and Evelyn Daud (MALAWI)

Lyson and Evelyn are Malawians who have worked with us since the year2000 and Lyson is currently the Grace Farm manager. He also acts as local coordinator for our Bible Seminary and is currently in his final year towards graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Theology. Evelyn is in charge of the Grace Orphanage and Expressive Worship Team in Malawi. They have 3 children.


Richie Baio (Sierra Leone)

Richie is our missions director in Sierra Leone. He is a qualified teacher and currently busy with his Bachelors degree in Theology. He is also pastor of our church in Sierra Leone.

Richie has calling to work with children and as our Housefather of the orphanage he is living out his passion.



Charl du Plessis (South Africa)










 Dr Andre Strydom


Marnene Smith

Has joined the HOA team and will manage the ministry at the center in Middelburg, E.C., South Africa. After a long career with the South Africa forces working in the medical field she resigned in 2014 as she felt God calling her to become involved in fulltime mission work. She joined us on a couple of mission trips to Zambia and started praying about her possible involvement with Hands on Africa. With God calling and directing the opening of a very special women ministry center in Middelburg, Easter Cape, South Africa, Marnene became a natural pick and God connected us for this huge task ahead of us.





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