Founded in 1910, Parktown North Methodist Church (“PNMC”) is a church that seeks to live out our salvation through faith in Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are a multi-cultural, close knit community and we believe that God calls us to be a far-reaching witness to the transforming and healing power of God by “being a lighthouse and a refuge to all in our community.”
As Disciples of Christ we share with all the all-embracing love of God regardless of culture, tradition, class, race, gender, etc.
We breathe in the love of God through worship and fellowship.
We breathe in the love of God through our outreach projects.
We breathe out God’s gracious care for the world through service to all – especially the vulnerable, the poor and the marginalised in our society.
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OUR MINISTER SIFISO KHUZWAYO
The first impression Sifiso had of the ordained Methodist ministry, as he was growing up in the church was that it looked as though it was reserved for old men! God obviously had a plan to change that perception quite early on in his life!
Sifiso has strong KwaZulu Natal roots. Born in Maphumulo, outside Stanger, he grew up, and went to school in Mandini, but also spent a lot of time in Empangeni, where his Dad worked. When the time came for high school, he attended Glenwood High School in Durban. God had already planted the seed in Sifiso’s heart of a calling to ministry during these high school years, but he first enrolled at what was then the University of Durban-Westville (now the University of KwaZulu Natal) to study engineering. By the time he was in 2nd year, the call to ministry became stronger, and Sifiso knew what God wanted him to do with his life. And so it was that in 2001 he began his journey into the fulltime Methodist ministry.
During his Phase 1 period of ministry Sifiso served at the Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg, under then Bishop Paul Verryn, and studied at the Jabavu Training Centre. He testifies to the excellent grounding for ministry which he received under Paul Verryn’s guidance. In 2002 Sifiso entered Phase 2 of his training at John Wesley College in Kilnerton, Pretoria, and was also assigned to the Westview Methodist Church in Centurion, where he served for several years as a probationer under Rev Chris Harrison. He was ordained in 2005, and continued at Westview until 2007, when he travelled to Duke University in North Carolina, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Theology. On his return from the USA he was appointed to Central City Mission Yasethekwini in Durban. He spent two years as Chaplain to Kearsney College from 2012 to 2013, but was happy to move back into Circuit work again when he was appointed to the Ntuzuma Section of the Umgeni Circuit, and served from 2014 to 2018. During these years he also served as Natal Coastal District Youth Coordinator, and then District Secretary.
Sifiso brings with him a passion for serving God at Parktown North Methodist, and helping to build a strong sense of community and involvement among us all.