Our Leaders


Greg and Lauren Tait moved to Johannesburg in 2004 as part of the team planting Godfirst Church. Greg soon joined the staff and has served as a full time elder since 2006. Greg and Lauren then led the team that planted the congregation in the Parks in 2010. They have a busy home life with two superb sons and a delightful daughter. You can usually find them on the side of a sports field around Johannesburg on the weekend. As a family they love getting away to the bush, the berg and the sea but coming home to Joburg is always a highlight. They love this city with all the diversity, energy and opportunity and think it is the best place in the world to raise a family and lead a church.


Charles and Sarie Whitehead have been married for 38 years and have four adult daughters, two sons in law and two grand children. They love studying and teaching the word of God. Charles makes the best biltong in joburg and is a university professor by day. Sarie is an interior decorator and is passionate about helping people connect to Jesus. They love having people in their home and building the church community.


Dave and Fiona Reynders have been part of Godfirst for 7 years. Dave is an elder and spends his working week leading in a technology company. Fiona loves serving on the Godfirst kids team. Together they do a lot of Preparing for Engagement and Marriage Counselling which is something they are passionate about. They have three incredible kids; the thing they love about being part of Godfirst is being provoked to put God first more in their lives. As a family they love Joburg. Dave can regularly be found on his mountain bike and Fiona loves to scrapbook and run although not at the same time.


Don and Zimithi Chodeva have been with Godfirst Church in the Parks since the 2010 plant into the area from the wider Godfirst family, which they had joined having been drawn to the warm, authentic and fun vibe of the church. They have been married for 9 years and have twin daughters, Rutendo and Lukundo aged six. Don currently serves as an elder, and Zi serves in children’s church. They enjoy family, love people, have a passion for seeing people come to know and mature in Jesus.


Dan and Sophie Plagerson have a long history with various former New Frontiers churches across the UK. They came to SA for 9 months so that Sophie could do some research for a degree. Dan got involved in Godfirst and loved it so much, they chose to stay on. 7 years, 4 kids & 2 rabbits later, they are still here and loving it. Dan is an Elder and together with Sophie they have been leading the Godfirst Wits site for 4 years now. They are both passionate about social justice and raising future leaders for the church and society of South Africa.


Pula and Maddie Mokoena moved to Joburg from Clarens, Free State in 2015 to become a part of the Godfirst Church site in Braamfontein. They have been married for 5 years, Pula is from Clarens in the Free State and Maddie is from the south of England. They’re passionate about church planting, raising leaders and discipleship, they love that Jozi, the opportunity it gives them to meet people of different ages and cultures from different nations. Pula is an Elder and works full time for Godfirst Church, Maddie is a photographer and also volunteers part-time for Godfirst Church. Together they lead the evening service at our Braamfontein site.


Josh and Megan Rous joined Godfirst when the Parks site was planted in 2010.  They were drawn to the fantastic teaching and inviting atmosphere of a real family on mission together. They have been married for 7 years and have 2 children - Samuel (4) and Mackenzie (2) - and are expecting number 3 shortly. Megan works in Infrastructure Finance and Josh is a Film and Television Director. They love having people in their home and leading small groups. Megan serves in the kids ministry and Josh is a huge lover of stories and the power of communication. They both love Jo’burg and all the hustle and bustle it has to offer. If you get Josh talking about movies and entertainment you will be hard pressed to get him to stop while Meegs is an avid cat-lover and book-reader. They are incredibly excited and honoured to have recently joined the Eldership team and can’t wait to see what God has planned for the family of Godfirst.

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John and Sarah Gessau John and Sarah both grew up in KZN, married there, moved to Cape Town, and then took on a 2-year work opportunity in Joburg. That last move was in 2007 and they’ve never looked back. They and their three children became plugged into Joburg life and love the people with whom they’ve developed deep relationships in the city. The busyness of work and the craziness of three kids at school (and many other activities) keeps them in touch with the challenges of life and – they hope – helps them nudge people toward Jesus in an authentic way. Both of them serve in the church in various capacities, and are deeply invested in various home / coffee shop gatherings during the week, keenly aware that ‘iron sharpens iron’. John joined the eldership team at Godfirst church in 2018.