The Curatorium of URCSA at the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, examines again, at the end of this year, a few final-year students to be legitimized in order to be called as ministers by congregations. We would like to introduce them to you in the next few weeks. Last week it was Wiseman Ndodiphela Calvary’s turn; this week we introduce to you Cornelius Spanneberg:

Cornelius was born in Upington, Northern Cape and stayed with his mother for his first few years in Uilenkraalsmond in the Western Cape. He completed his primary school education at Keidebees Primary School and completed his  National Senior Certificate at Carlton van Heerden High School. Both schools were in Upington where he stayed with his grandparents, Hendrik and Martha Spanneberg. He is very grateful to the teachers who made contributions to his life during these school years.

The people who made the greatest impact on his life were his grandparents and members of the church. A spontaneous search for God arose because of him living with them. His grandparents’ religious way of life made a remarkable impact on his life. Family devotions,  prayer meetings, functions and church organizations were events where God revealed his call for Cornelius. URCSA Rainbow became his spiritual home since childhood. This was a safe space where he has experienced love, admonition, advice and intercession.

“I would like to get to know and understand the context of my future congregation by focusing on relationships, because different relationship dynamics play a role in the functioning of the church,” Cornelius explains. “I would like to learn more about the history and current context in which the church experiences its vocation with the different challenges of time. I would like to understand the spiritual aspects and trends, because I would like to address it as their pastor.”

Cornelius is purpose driven and motivated and has a passion for people. He finds the nature of human relations very interesting and likes to initiate positive changes to the advantage of the youth. He believes in teamwork and spiritual development; this is how he would like to fulfill his life’s task. He strives to give his best to God every day and would also like to do it for his future congregation.

He did his thesis about “Revisiting the liberation theology of Allan Boesak” under the supervision of Dr Sipho Mahokoto.

Cornelius is very fond of sport, especially cricket, football and rugby.

His trial sermon will be on Sunday 30 September at URCSA Rainbow, Upington at 09:00

Contact Cornelius Spanneberg at for more information.