Welcome to Midlands Christian Centre website. Our Senior Pastors, Jon & Tracy Kuhn have served in the Church since 1990. They took the oversight of the Church from Tracy’s parents, Dermot & Glenda Sandalls in September 2014. Dermot & Glenda planted the Church in 1982 after a series of events that led them to Estcourt.
The Estcourt Christian Centre was opened in 1982 in a shop beneath the then OK Bazaars. The Church was soon labelled the “OK Church.” The numbers grew rapidly which caused Dermot to look for land to build a Church building. After supernatural events that only God could have orchestrated, the Midlands Christian Centre was built in the area of Brewitt Park on 10 acres of land. Today the ministry comprises of a Church, 4 schools, a campsite and an orphanage in Colenso called Ikhaya Lethu.
Founded in 1982
Since Midlands Christian Centre was founded in 1982, we have consistently communicated the God-given vision. We rejoice and give God all the glory for what has been achieved.
The vision God has planted in our hearts is for all people in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal to hear the Gospel.
Mark 16:20 “And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following.”
The vision includes the following:
- The sending forth and planting of ministries in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal and beyond.
- Social and educational, thus taking care of the “whole” man, spirit, soul, mind and body.
The area involved is 800 square kilometres (250 square miles) from Estcourt to Colenso and up to the Drakensberg Mountains. This area is home to approximately 200,000 people.
The Calling of the Lord
In April 1982, while Pastors Dermot and Glenda Sandalls were driving past Estcourt on the freeway, the Lord spoke simultaneously to them to come to Estcourt to preach the Gospel. After a chain of events that only God could have brought about, the Sandalls family moved to Estcourt in May 1982. The Christian Centre was opened in June 1982 at premises in the centre of town.
These premises consisted of a shop, which were used as a hall for meetings and which also contained two small offices. As the work grew, they acquired another shop, which provided facilities for the Children’s Work, offices and an area for tea and fellowship. They later started a Christian Bookshop in the Secretary’s office and developed from there.
At the same time, Dermot and Glenda were also ministering in Colenso, 35 kilometres away, which was a separate work at that stage. During those early days many can testify to the blessings of God, as He confirmed His Word with signs and wonders!
The Word of the Lord
In February 1983 the Word of the Lord came to the church through Alvin Grundy, a pastor from the U.S.A.
Isaiah 43:18, 19, 21
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.”
Estcourt Christian Centre, as it was first known, became headlines in the local newspapers and even appeared in the Sunday Times.
God permitted the work to grow until our original hall was literally overflowing with people at every meeting, quite a few having to be seated outside the doors.
By this time God had miraculously provided 9 acres of prime land in Estcourt for a new building to be erected. Being in a residential area, permission had to be obtained for this land to be rezoned for the building of a church complex. This process took two years to finalise.
Permission to build the new Centre had been granted. Foundations were laid in July 1986 and the building operations involved the whole congregation. The men laboured faithfully on site every weekend and the ladies provided refreshments for them. It was a time of rich fellowship, great unity and one purpose.
Christmas Day 1986 dawned as we celebrated the glorious birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Our new “Midlands Christian Centre” home was opened at that meeting amidst great rejoicing and thanksgiving to God.
In 1989 we were able to add on to our building an administrative office block.
At this point in time, the Centre facilities consisted of a main hall, which could seat 375 people, a side hall seating approximately 70 people, a back hall, kitchen, mothers’ room, toilets and the new office block.
In 1989 we were also able to purchase two buildings on an adjoining one acre of ground, which increased the size of our land to 10 acres. These buildings are utilised for our Estcourt Christian Academy Pre-School, Children’s Ministry and Discipleship Training School. Our Christian School, Estcourt Christian Academy, was opened, using the Centre’s main hall from Monday to Friday.
Additional buildings at Midlands Christian Centre complex.
2000 – Estcourt Christian Academy’s new building was erected.
2001 – Separate classroom built for Grade R at Estcourt Christian Academy Pre-School.
2001 – Two new classrooms built for Estcourt Christian Academy.
2003 – A house (which we called Agapé House), adjoining the entrance to the Centre, was purchased to accommodate overseas visitors and mission teams.