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Friday Youth: 5:30 - 7 p.m. (Goverment school terms only.)

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About us

Senior Pastor: Dirk Coetzee

Dirk Coetzee
Dirk Coetzee

After completing his theological studies at the Bible Institute of South Africa, and then Cape Town Baptist Seminary, Dirk pastored churches in Port Elizabeth and Durban before he was called to Grahamstown Baptist in 2002. He is married to Lara and has two adult children: Danica (married to Tim), and Jared. In his spare time he enjoys fixing things and wresting on the carpet with his son Jared.

Pastor: Bryan Marx

Bryan Marx
Bryan Marx

Originally from Zimbabwe, Bryan is married to Camilla and has two small boys, Peter and Daniel. He did his theological studies at George Whitefield College, and has served as the church's pastor since 2013. He main focus is on the student part of the congregation. When he is not trying to keep up with the students, Bryan enjoys watching sport (he is a long-suffering Stormers supporter), reading theological books and making Dirk run on the squash court.

Let us tell you more about us as a church! Click on the links to the left!

Our Mission and Vision

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As a church we believe:

  1. In the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in their original writings as fully inspired of God, and accept them as the final authority for faith and life.
  2. In one God eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. That Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
  4. That God created man in His own image; that man sinned and thereby incurred the penalty of death, physical and spiritual; and that all human beings inherit a sinful nature; which issues (in the case of those who have reached moral responsibility) in actual transgression involving personal guilt.
  5. That the Lord Jesus died for our sins, a substitutionary sacrifice, according to the Scriptures, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.
  6. In the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension into heaven, and His present life as our High Priest and Advocate.
  7. In the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  8. In the personality of the Holy Spirit, His regenerating work and abiding presence in the true believer.
  9. That all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.
  10. In the resurrection both of the just and the unjust, the eternal blessedness of the redeemed, and the eternal banishment of those who have rejected the offer of salvation.
  11. That the one true Church is the whole company of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit; that the local church on earth should take its character from this conception of the Church spiritual, and therefore that the new birth and personal confession of Christ are essentials of church membership.
  12. That the Lord Jesus Christ appointed two ordinances - Baptism and the Lord's Supper - to be observed as acts of obedience and as perpetual witnesses to the cardinal facts of the Christian faith; that Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water as a confession of identification with Christ in burial and resurrection, and that the Lord's Supper is the partaking of bread and wine as symbolical of the Saviour's mutilated body and shed blood, in remembrance of His sacrificial death until He comes.
  13. That God has ordained the only form of marriage as a heterosexual relationship between a natural man and a natural woman who are lawfully married to each other.


Grahamstown Baptist Church is a member of the Baptist Union of Southern Africa


Mario Hockly
Mario Hockly
George Wells
George Wells
Swantje Wells
Swantje Wells
John Williams
John Williams
Russel Dixon
Russel Dixon
Judy Hoefnagels
Judy Hoefnagels

Young People

"When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them. "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Mark 10:14

Sunday School Play 2017

Sunday School

Prayer for our Sunday School

Lord, let us as Sunday school teachers remember the work that you have done, first the work of redemption and then also all your works of grace and mercy in our lives. We pray for the children that they may see your glorious power. Lord our God let your favour be upon our Sunday school and be you the one who establishes and blesses everything we do. Whatever we do will only be of value if your favour rests upon us and if you establish our work. Amen.

Based on Ps 90:16+17

We have some online Sunday School Videos below. Come join us - click the link "watch"

Bible Challenge

Learn the verses to get your sticker and come to Sunday school to get another one. Collect 15 to win! The first time you complete the bible challenge you get your bible! subsequent times there will be certificates or perhaps other prizes. (As well as your eternal prize)

Friday Night : 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Kidz.inC (Grade 1-6)

Kidz Inc Friday evening from 5.30-7pm for Grade 1-6

Cedar Youth (Grade 7 up)

Cedar Youth Friday evening from 5.30-7pm for Grade 7 up

Teen Church

For grade 8-12

Go to church for the worship and then proceed to the teen church for your own bible study aimed at the teenagers!

Homework Ministry

Help with homework is available on a friday afternoon in the church hall

Student Ministry

Students in Grahamstown face a variety of pressures - the university is an increasingly secular space, where faith is frequently challenged and there are many temptations. Within this challenging environment students must inevitably make important decisions concerning lifestyle, relationships, careers and, ultimately, what they will believe and who they will serve.

As a church we recognise the tremendous importance of ministering to these young people during their formative years, and particularly as they find themselves at this critical juncture in their lives. We therefore place a great emphasis on our student ministry, and have employed a full-time student pastor since 2013. Our great desire is to reach students with the unchanging gospel of Jesus Christ, and to provide them with a firm biblical foundation and worldview that will equip them to follow Jesus and serve His Church faithfully for the rest of their lives, all to the glory of God. To this end we place a great emphasis on biblical teaching and exposition, Christ-centred fellowship, discipleship and mission.

Much of our student ministry on campus is carried out through "Isaiah 26:8", a registered student society on campus which is affiliated to the church (see the link to the society's facebook page on the left). Regular weekly activities for students include cell groups, prayer meetings and evangelism. In addition, we have two student camps per year, community outreach events and, from time to time, talks, seminars and workshops dealing with a variety of relevant issues. Students also play a vital and active role in the life of the Church, serving on the music team, teaching Sunday school, leading Friday night youth, and participating in Sunday services and mid-week ministries in a variety of other ways.

Should you wish to learn more, please don't hesitate to contact our student pastor, Bryan Marx.

Upcoming Events

Family Missions Friday 9 Sept 17H30

Isaiah 2:68 Society

The student society on Rhodes campus is called "Isaiah 26:8"

Students on campus

We chose this name because the verse Isaiah 26:8 expresses our desire to see God instilling within our students a passion for His name and His glory.

The committee of 268 for 2023 are:

  1. Chair - Xolani Nabani 083 319 4926
  2. Treasurer - Refiloe Morafo 076 409 7904
  3. Secretary - Thembelihle Dube 0761097809
  4. Prayer/worship - Luyanda Nkabinde 068 598 9001
  5. Events: Deborah Akintola 073 435 0877

Student Cell groups

We have four weekly student cell groups which meet at different venues on and off campus in the evenings. Cell groups are a great opportunity for students to study the Bible and build Christ-centered relationships.

  1. Lower Campus : Wednesday 7 p.m. Contacts Blaise 072 087 2791 Bono 074 676 6711
  2. Hill Group : Wednesday 7 p.m. Contacts : Bryan 076199 7868 Luyanda 068 598 9001
  3. Off Campus Group : Thursday 7 p.m. Bryan 076 199 7868 Kyndal 079 911 2501


076-199 7868 (Cell)

046 622 8774 (Office)

Adult Ministry

John 13:34
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another."

Women's Ministries

Ladies bible study in the church hall: Thursday Morning 9:30 a.m. Lara Coetzee: 083-363 3838

Men's Ministries

Come join us at...

Cell Groups - find one to suit you!

We have a number of cell groups that meet in various areas around town on Wednesday evenings.

Contact the leader of one of these groups to find out more:

  1. Dirk CoetzeeWednesday 19:00 (083-947 8867)
  2. John & Jen Williams Wednesday 19:00 (082 809 9399)
  3. Mario HocklyWednesday 18:45 (082 923 2883)
  4. Ladies Bible StudiesThursday Morning 09:30 (Lara Coetzee 083 363 3838)
  5. Students: have a look at the student ministries

Ministry Internship Program

Our internship program is aimed at providing intensive training in gospel ministry. The program is designed to provide interns with biblical and theological training, whilst at the same time giving opportunity for hands-on experience and exposure to various aspects of church life and ministry.

The program is made up of the following basic components:

The program runs each year from 1 February to 30 November, and interns are expected to be fully self-funded. The church will, however, provide guidance with regard to budgeting and, where possible, assist in finding affordable accommodation in Grahamstown and ways to reduce living costs. Also, please note that at this stage we cannot take on more than two interns in any given year.

The program is designed to promote growth in Christian character and ministry. All applicants must be able to articulate a basic understanding of the gospel, have a consistent Christian witness and be involved with, and committed to, their own local church.

Application forms are available from the church office and can also be downloaded from our website. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to know more.

Prayer Partners

For the remainder of the month of JULY please pray:

“But you man of God, FLEE from all this, and PURSUE righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. FIGHT the good fight of the faith. TAKE HOLD of the eternal life to which you were called, when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Tim.6:11-12)


If you would like to see some photos of past events please feel free to click the past events button on the left, if you want to see what is planned in the life of our church click the future events button

Past events

Future events


If you would like to see some photos of past events please feel free to click the past events button on the left, if you want to see what is planned in the life of our church click the future events button

Past events

Future events


Matthew 28:19-20
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Selected Events for GBC

Riebeck East

Another wonderful opportunity to serve a very special community at Riebeek East.
We would love for you to join us for an hour of trainingon Thursday 13 September at 5:30 to 6:30pm at the church.
We will leave for Riebeek East at 8:00am (SHARP) on Saturday 15 September. We will end by 12:00 noon. We will need 5 to 10 people to stay an hour longer to help clean up around the church and repair windows and replace the door.
We would also like to take a team of 10 out on the Sunday morning.
Please RSVP the office as soon as possible.


News about our missionaries who we supprt comming soon....

Heart Matters

Heart Matters is a Community Organization in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. If you are scared, alone and don't know what to do, Heart Matters is there to help you!

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Contact Information

Contact details for : Senior Pastor: Dirk Coetzee

	Church: 046 622 8774
	Cell:   083 947 8867
	email:  dirkcoetzee60@gmail.com

Contact details for : Pastor: Bryan Marx

	Church:  046 622 8774
	Cell:    076 199 7868
	email:  marx_bryan@yahoo.com

Contact details for : Church

	Church:  046 622-8774
	email:   grahamstownbaptist@gmail.com
	Address: Grahamstown Baptist Church
	         Bathurst Street, Grahamstown, South Africa

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