Preaching and Preachers – The Ministries We Love
This list is not definitive. But it is indicative of the kinds of preaching we hold in high regard at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. We commend them to our members for further listening.
The Apologetic Ministry of Voddie Baucham
Voddie Baucham is a husband, father, former pastor, author, professor, conference speaker, and church planter. He currently serves as Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia. Dr. Baucham holds degrees from Houston Baptist University (BA in Christianity/BA in Sociology), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.), an honorary degree from Southern California Seminary (D.D.), and additional post-graduate study at the University of Oxford, England (Regent’s Park College). Voddie and his wife, Bridget have been married since 1989. They have nine children: Jasmine, Trey (Voddie, III), Elijah, Asher, Judah, Micah, Safya, Amos, and Simeon.
The Exhortation Ministry of Paul Washer
Paul David Washer (born 1961) is an American Protestant Christian evangelist with a Calvinist theology affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. In 1988, while in Peru, Washer founded the HeartCry Missionary Society to support indigenous missionaries witnessing to people of their own culture.
“Brother” Paul has had a large influence on the reformed movement in South Africa. His “Shocking Message” continues to create curiosity in reformed teaching and has been the catalyst for many visitors at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. When HeartCry launched into South Africa Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni was delighted to host their first workshop.
The Preaching Ministry of Conrad Mbewe
Conrad pastored Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia for nearly three decades. He has a PhD in Missions and is Chancellor of African Christian University, Zambia. He is also a prolific itinerant preacher who has ministered globally. Conrad has a passion for writing be it his books, blog or as a national weekly columnist.
We got to host Conrad at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni on the 17th of June 2017 when he preached a sermon The 5 Solas of the Reformation. Our Pastor, Mark Penrith, was invited to visit Kabwata Baptist Church in 2018. He addressed the Baptist Historical Society of Zambia.
The Teaching Ministry of R.C. Sproul
Robert Charles Sproul was an American Reformed theologian and ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America. He was the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. Sproul was a chief architect of the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. Sproul has been described as “the greatest and most influential proponent of the recovery of Reformed theology in the last century.”
The first Bible study we ran at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni was a chapter by chapter reading and discussion of R.C.’s book Saved from What?
The Blogging Ministry of Tim Challies
Tim Challies is a Canadian author, blogger and pastor who is a reformed theologian. Challies was an early adopter of the blog format and started writing with a focus on theology, book reviews and social commentary. Later, he published several books describing how Christians should approach technology, cultural analysis and pornography. More recently, he has also become the pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario.
The Preaching Ministry of John MacArthur
John is an American pastor, author and radio personality. His ministry is published online through Grace to You. He pastors Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since February 9, 1969. He is chancellor emeritus of The Master’s University and The Master’s Seminary. MacArthur is a Reformed Protestant and a strong proponent of expository preaching.
Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni has strong ties with Christ Seminary. Christ Seminary is part of The Master’s Academy International. Over years we have supported men who pursued theological training: Gideon Mpeni (now at Florida Baptist Church), Menzi Mohale (now at Moletsane Baptist Church Soweto) and currently Tladi Dire.
The Preaching Ministry of Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg has been in pastoral ministry since 1975. Following graduation from The London School of Theology. In 1983, he became the senior pastor at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio. He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on the radio program, Truth for Life. He and his wife, Susan, were married in 1975 and they have three grown children.
The Preaching Ministry of John Piper
John Stephen (I bet you didn’t know that) Piper is a theologian and pastor. He is the founder of desiringgod.org, and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served as Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church for 33 years. He is a prolific writer.
The Preaching Ministry of Mark Dever
Mark is the senior pastor of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. He is president of 9Marks, a Christian ministry he co-founded “in an effort to build biblically faithful churches in America.” He is known as a Calvinist preacher.
In partnership with Antioch Bible Church we promoted the Rezolution Conference where Mark was a featured speaker. Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni is a listed church on the 9Marks Directory of Churches. Our pastor, Mark Penrith, also attended a 9Marks International Intensive in 2019.
The Preaching Ministry of Steve Lawson
Dr. Steven J. Lawson is President and founder of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to equip biblical expositors to bring about a new reformation in the church. Dr. Lawson hosts The Institute for Expository Preaching in cities around the world. Dr. Lawson is also a Teaching Fellow for Ligonier Ministries, where he serves on its board. Moreover, he is Professor of Preaching and oversees the Doctor of Ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, where he also serves on its board. Further, Dr. Lawson serves as the Executive Editor for Expositor Magazine published by OnePassion Ministries.
The Preaching Ministry of Ronald Kalifungwa
Pastor Ronald Kalifungwa is the full-time pastor and part of the eldership at Lusaka Baptist Church. Ronald began his life of ministry at Fairview Baptist Church in Mufulira, from where he moved to Lynwood Baptist Church in South Africa. Ronald has been in full-time ministry for over 20 years and is married to Sarah and together they have three boys: Mumba, Kunda, and Chisomo.
Mark was delighted to preach at Lusaka Baptist Church in 2018 where he preached a sermon on Palm Sunday.
The Preaching Ministry of Joel Beeke
Joel is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (since 1994), a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan (since 1986), editor of Puritan Reformed Journal and Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society.
We got to host Joel at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni on the 14th of August 2009 when he preached a sermon How Christ matures our Faith.
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Preaching and Preachers – Ministries We Love