Bishop Zondo Biography
Bishop Zondo (Archbishop Bafana Stephen Zondo) was born in Heilbron, Free State South Africa. He is a South African priest, founder and and general overseer of Living Waters Ministries International.
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He is married to Seabi Pascaline Zondo who also serves alongside him.
Bishop Zondo Education Background
He has a Diploma in Theology from Rhema Bible training Centre in Johannesburg.He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education at Grace International. He also has a masters degree of Christian Education at the International Apostolic College of Grace and Truth.
Bishop Zondo Early Life and Career
The Bishop was born in a farm in Heilbron, Free State, but his family migrated to different places. His family was subjected to racial segregation, resulting in the slaughtering of their cattle and horses by “the Afrikaners”, which left them poor. He says that Black man’s cattle would be killed for accidentally grazing on “white people’s” land. To prevent the killing “you would give them to the whites.
Due to poverty, they went to bed without food and suffered from malnutrition.To eat he says they used to go into the field to catch some birds. The best meal that they would eat was potatoes, mixed with cabbage.This resulted to the death of his two siblings.
He wanted to help ease people’s pain so he drew near to God because he wanted “this God who can change the situation that I was living in. I wanted ways to help others not to suffer the way our siblings did”. He found hope in the Bible and realised that following God’s laws brings blessings. He rejected pastoring because pastors “were poor and I did not like it”.
In 1978 he gave his life to Jesus Christ in the Apostolic Faith Mission and later studied at Rhema Training Centre in Randburg.
Bishop Zondo Rivers of Living Waters Ministries.
The ministry started on the 24th September 1988 at Zone 3 Sebokeng in their 4 room house with his (wife) and son (three people).
The ministry then moved to a classroom at Sokwazi Secondary School in Zone 8. The place became small as the church was growing very fast. Then, moved to Zone 13, Shadvaal Center, then to Sandamela Highway bottle store and ultimately to Evaton.
At Evaton they started with a yellow and blue 700 seater tent. The church has grown to a membership of over 10, 000 members and over 50 outreach ministries in South Africa and Botswana.
Bishop Zondo Honours
On 23 June 2013, he was conferred with the Degree of Professorship, Doctor of Divinity (DD) and Consecrated to the Holy office of Archbishop, by The Interdenominational Theological Centre (ITC) in a colourful ceremony.
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You can find him in his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites. There is no information of other contacts but will be updated soon.
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Archbishop Stephen Zondo accused of using people to enrich himself.
Updated on: 11 January 2018.
Johannesburg – The Vaal church that got tongues wagging after revealing that it would be selling a table for R25 000 at it’s gala dinner has defended itself from critics
The church has released a statement claiming that it was hosting the gala dinner in the hope of raising R100 million to build a community centre.
Rivers of Living Waters Ministries leader Archbishop Stephen Zondo received criticism after a banner circulated on social media in which he states that he would be hosting a “price-giving” gala dinner in celebration of his birthday and that those wishing to share a table with him would have to fork out R10 000 per seat. A general table is R25 000 or R2 500 per seat.
Zondo, who was born on January 24, will celebrate his birthday on January 26 at the Eye of Africa. For the Archbishop Zondo’s Golf Day, “non golfers” will be charged R2 500, people will pay R4 500 for “fourball” while a “hole sponsorship” is R5 000.
The most expensive is the “Archbishops package” at R50 000.
The ministry’s Bob Mthembu said as part of its forward looking developments and its existence, the ministry resolved to build a community center that will accommodate 12 000 people hence the importance of hosting the gala dinner as a way of generating funds.
“The primary purpose of the center beyond spiritual objective will be to host major events that will in turn assist to grow and boost the tourism sector in Sedibeng district and Gauteng province in general,” he said.
Though the church did not respond directly to questions sent by The Star, Mthembu said: “Rivers of Living Waters Ministry will be celebrating it’s 30th anniversary. During this period of its existence, the ministry has grown to 20 000 members in more than 40 branches… It is envisaged that the center will also create employment opportunities in the short-term of construction and in the long-term create more sustainable job in the hospitality sector and management of the center.
“The estimated cost of the center is approximately R100 million without factoring any possible escalation costs,” Mthembu said.
However, Facebook users have accused Zondo of using people to enrich himself.
John Nape Magolo commented: “I love Bishop Zondo never doubt that. But I think things like these exclude poor people. Anyway All the best with Vision 2020.”
Mthuthuzeli Mbolekwa said: “It’s a lie. They are following their first liar (Malawian Pastor Shepherd) Bushiri and now it’s them. Others are still going do it, it’s the best way of robbing people in the name of God.”
However, Adam Visagie defended his leader.
“The church has a vision 2020 and therefor we are in need of these funds and hereby its envisaged to raise funds. That vision is to enhance the churches current programs to be even better. Not to enrich Archbishop in any way. My understanding.” (sic)
Nathan Navira echoed Visagie’s sentiments.
“People don’t know that visions need be funded. Above all, running a church itself is not cheap as you think……those who are keen to support this vision will definitely make a way there without fail even if the prices increase,” Vinara said.
Adopted from: www.iol.co.za