My name is Mark van Straaten and here is a little more about me
My story is a story of privilege.
Christine and I have been married for 40 years and are still very much in love.
Jessica, my oldest daughter is married to Tom. Their children, Will and Luke, live 5 minutes from us. (With their parents of course!)
My middle daughter, Shani, is married to Big Will. They live in Cape Town.
While Nicola, my youngest, is finishing off her Master’s degree in Berlin, Germany.
This explains my privilege.
My parents have passed away, and they loved my brother and I all their lives.
So, this will further explain the source of my privilege.
My privilege goes further as I discovered faith in Jesus as a boy and felt a call to the ministry.
Serving with a youth team for three years laid a foundation to my Christian service.
After Bible College, Christine and I started a church in the beautiful town of Empangeni, South Africa.
After living there for 10 years, we started Grace Family Church in Durban, South Africa where we served for the past 27 years.
Today I am fulfilling a new overseeing role at Grace Family Church. This new role gives me a further privilege; encouraging us all in becoming more human.