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Johan H. Mostert

Professor of Community Psychology


BS, Bethany College (Bethany University)
BA (SW), MA, University of South Africa
BA, Honnours, University of Stellenbosch
DPhil, University of Pretoria

Johan Mostert started his career in pastoral ministry in 1972 with the Apostolic Faith Missions (AFM) in South Africa (the largest Pentecostal denomination in the country) and served churches in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. After completing his first graduate degree in 1977, he accepted an appointment to the church’s national welfare department to serve as a counselor to 200 abused and abandoned children at the Villa Lubet Children’s Village. Over the next 23 years his ministry grew as he progressively took over management responsibilities for the AFM’s community social work services, geriatric services and adoption services for the church.

From 1989 to 2000 he served as National Director of the AFM Welfare Department with its several hundred employees, ten homes for the aged, children’s homes and 310 local church voluntary welfare organizations. The dawning of democracy in South Africa and the severity of the AIDS crisis brought new challenges as he led his department into full racial integration and attempted to influence the wider church toward increased sensitivity to the needs of the poor and the vulnerable of their communities. He was principal author of the NDISWE local church development program and several USAID-funded development projects in Southern Africa.

He is widely recognized as a leading authority on local-church response to the global AIDS pandemic, and travels frequently as a speaker and project consultant for faith-based development agencies both in the U.S. and internationally. His book, How to Become HIV+: Guidelines for the Local Church, was published in 2011 and is aimed at the local church in Africa to assist pastors to develop a strategic plan to address the AIDS crisis in their communities. He has published peer-reviewed articles and chapters in academic books in three disciplines: psychology, theology and missiology. He has earned five degrees in the social sciences and two post-graduate diplomas. Until his emigration from South Africa in 2004, he was a certified counseling psychologist, a licensed social worker and an ordained minister.

He is currently Professor of Community Psychology and teaches discipleship and social justice courses. He also functions as the Relief and Development track coordinator for the PhD in Intercultural Studies program. He participates in the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Evangel University where he teaches courses in human diversity, sexuality and psychometric assessment. Since 2012 he has been the principal researcher in the Kern Family Foundation sponsored research grant on Whole Life Discipleship which produced The Discipleship Assessment™.

"I am passionate about helping students gain a global and holistic perspective on the power of the gospel to transform lives and change entire communities.." — Johan Mostert


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