Bethlehem Christian Centre was planted by Len and Hettie Deyzel in January 2000 from Harrismith Christian Centre. We were part of a network of Churches lead by Danie & Cecilia Terblanche. In 200…this network merged with others (Agape, CMA, Maranatha and Hatfield Baptist Church) to form The Christian Network (TCN) of which we are currently part. In 2007 Len and Hettie Deyzel felt led to take over church in Swellendam and since then the congregation is led by Johan and Stienie Smith the current leaders.
Although we had a lovely congregation with lovely people, good facilities, good programs etc. the Holy Spirit worked a hunger in us for more of Him and His life transforming power. We longed for a church which resembles the church of Acts. Verses like 1Co 4:20 “God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life”, and 1Co 2:4 (ESV) “and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power”, started to burn stronger and stronger in our hearts. This hunger for more has led us to an incredible (sometimes scary) journey into a greater reality of the Kingdom of God. On this journey we have met so many like minded people with the same burning in their heart, people that pursue Jesus’s prayer “on earth as it is in heaven”. We are so grateful towards God for His Goodness, dor what He has done and are still doing in our midst. Wwe are so grateful for many other individuals and groupings that help and are helping us along on this journey. We have come a long way, but there is so much more! Our history is actually His Story and as much as we look back with thankfulness we look ahead with great expectation and anticipation of what is to come, a world wide revival of which we get to partake.