Mitch believes that his life is a testament to the gracious pursuit of God for wayward and wandering hearts. He was blessed to be born into an incredible family who wholly love God and His Church. However, as an extroverted only child, he yearned for siblings and deeper connections. Despite being in church throughout his life, Mitch often felt a sense of isolation. He longed to be part of a family filled with loving brothers and sisters. This desire for love and acceptance consumed him, yet it always seemed out of reach.
He began to seek for this love and acceptance in many places outside of Christ. His wandering heart led him down destructive paths as he sought desperately for the love he so desired. Yet, each pursuit left him feeling empty, and more alone than ever before.
It was in 2011 that he joined a church plant in Johannesburg, where Jesus met Mitch through His body, the church. He witnessed a people who were living as a true picture of family on earth. Their selfless love, sacrificial kindness, and unity in diversity beckoned Mitch to join them.
Since then, his deepest desire has been for God to glorify Himself in and through Mitch's life. In His grace, God blessed Mitch with a wonderful wife, Amber, who shares the conviction to reach the lost, lonely, and broken that they too may be pursued and welcomed into God's family through the gospel of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit has ignited within both Amber and Mitch an unquenchable desire for Acts 2 community, where the body of Christ lives life together, serving as a blessing to the world. Over the course of nearly ten years of ministry respectively, Amber and Mitch have witnessed the glory of God as He works in the hearts of broken people like them, crafting incomplete yet breathtaking pictures of heaven on Earth.
It is through these experiences and the perspective gained from their own messy and imperfect lives that Amber and Mitch feel a strong calling to church planting. They believe that God has uniquely equipped them to embrace human messiness and imperfection, granting them the patience to endure brokenness, knowing that it is in these imperfect situations where the perfection of Christ is most glorified. We hold unshakable hope for what He plans to do in Edenvale and beyond.