Meet the Team
Craig loves being at the cross-section where the rich and the poor interface; in fact, his passion and greatest challenge is to find ways to initiate these interactions. Craig applied for the job as Director because he was struck by the unique vision of the Warehouse—social development that isn’t just charity, but is mutually beneficial and sustainable.
Caroline longs to see the church fulfilling God’s call to respond to injustice. Her work as the supervisor of Urban Gleaning matches the gifts and needs in a way that encourages relationships and upholds dignity. After realising it was impossible to encourage others to build bridges if she was not doing so herself, she left an affluent church and joined a church in a township. This move has made her even more fervent about the role of relationships in development work—a key aspect of The Warehouse’s approach.
Brian Koela heads up the Church Partnerships team and brings years of relationship building, passion for the Church and eagerness to see the Church being a place of transformation in our Cape Town communities. Years as a pastor have helped prepared him for his role at The Warehouse.
Pat started working at the Warehouse at the beginning of July, 2008. After fifteen years in the same job she wanted a new challenge—a vocation that would use and develop her gifts while focusing her passion for people. As the Care for Kids administrator, she thinks of ways to support care-givers and orphans. The Warehouse has been a good fit for her because of its Christ-centred and prayer-based approach.
For Thami, the Warehouse is a place where everyone works with the common aim of helping others. She has worked on staff since July, 2008 as a trainer for volunteers. Thami’s great joy is seeing people grow. She loves that her work is all about relationships. She enjoys sharing her story with others and encourages others to do the same. She says that the Warehouse feels like home, like ‘a dream come true.
Colleen has been involved in the Warehouse since its inception. She started out on the planning committee in the Warehouse’s initial stages, later becoming a trustee, and then a volunteer. Colleen has been working fulltime for the Warehouse since 2007. A background in teaching, development and facilitation has equipped her for her role in church mobilisation at the Warehouse.
Bronwyn has a diverse professional background, having worked in both teaching and social development sectors. She started out in the LINK team which addressed the church’s need to respond effectively to the plight of young learners in South African schools. Part of this role included the development of working relationships with church leaders with a passion for young people, and this has led to broader involvement in the church mobilisation team. She’s been at the Warehouse since March, 2009 and is inspired to make different lifestyle choices based on her experience of working in the Warehouse.
As a freelance journalist for fifteen years, Linda’s work centred around justice and social transformation. Since starting at the Warehouse in June, 2009, she has been able to channel her passion for social justice in the areas of communications, advocacy and provision. It’s a privilege for her to be surrounded by those with the same heart for justice, as well as to explore these issues in her work as a writer.
Lauren joined the team on a part-time basis in January 2011 to help ease the administrative load of a busy Director. “Having known many friends of The Warehouse over the past few years, its great for me to be able to see first hand, the amazing things that happen in this community. Even though I am a ‘virtual assistant’ to Craig and only meet with him once a week, I still feel like I have a wonderful window into the work of The Warehouse. Its great to stop for an hour during the week to catch up with Craig and enjoy a good cup of Warehouse coffee!”
Luthando leads a church in Delft in his ‘spare time’ and is part of The Warehouse team who engage with church leaders in their quest to lead the way in transformational development. He studied at Cornerstone Institute in Cape Town and is writing a book at the moment, which will help in the understanding of the Church of South Africa.
Nontombi is a member of Khanyisa Community Church who has recently moved from part-time to full-time at The Warehouse. She works in the area of administration and cleaning care of the building and our space. Her wisdom adds profound insight into who we are and the work we do.
Wendy has been in the development arena for ten years after studying psychology and sociology, and working for a film documentary for three years, and found her place at The Warehouse after a four-year stint at SHAWCO. She is a professional in organisational health and wellbeing, ensuring alignment of individuals and teams strengths and strategies within our organisation. She and her husband, Lucien, are parents to three amazing children.
Caroline is a lawyer by profession who has put down her law vocation for a season and serves within the Urban Gleaning work at The Warehouse.
Aunty Dot is the cheerful receptionist at the front desk who welcomes people into the building with her warmth and love. She worships at a church called “Our Lady of Perpetual Succour” in Retreat and loves being a part of the choir. Music is her passion, and she also leads us in song often at our morning prayer times. Her favourite babes are Georgie and Charlie, two little rescue hounds that have found their home with her and her husband, Arthur.
Nicole heads up the Operational Team at The Warehouse. She worked previously as a buyer in retail and during this time felt a stirring by God to move to a workplace that shared her heart for seeing Gods shalom & justice displayed among the most vulnerable in our City. The warehouse was the perfect fit! Nicole feels privileged to be able to serve The Warehouse in stewarding our time, finances and resources.
Winston is our new donor management head honcho! He works part-time for The Warehouse alongside all the other interesting things he does.