Our Leadership Team


Greg and lauren tait

Greg and Lauren 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

Charles and Sarie 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.



Dan and Sophie 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.

Don and Zi Chodeva

Don and Zi 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 7 years and have twin daughters, Rutendo and Lukundo aged three. Don currently serves as an elder, and Zi serves in children’s church. They also provide oversight leadership to life groups in the Parks area. They enjoy family, love people, have a passion for seeing people come to know and mature in Jesus.

Dave and Fiona Reynders

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 been part of Godfirst for 7 years and 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.