MaRK SLESSENGER: MESSAGE OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Mark has over twelve years experience running holistic development programmes in South African prisons. Through his experience, Mark has recognised the necessity for entrepreneurship training to reduce the high recidivism and unemployment rates of offenders. Mark received his BA in Theology from Stellenbosch University and MA in Organisational Leadership from Eastern University in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Mark will assist with the organisational and strategic development of MEP.
GAVIN WESSELS: TEAM LEADER
Gavin joined The Message in August 2017. He has a wealth of experience of working with youth at risk in South Africa. Previously Gavin worked with the Salesian Institute and Rhema Service Foundation helping young people from tough backgrounds. He is passionate about giving young people the platform to change and live a better life. Gavin works with young men out of our prison programme. This includes equipping them for employment, ensuring that they have adequate accommodation and a community that can support them in transition once released from prison.
SHAUN PRETORIUS: CHAPLIN
Shaun joined The Message in August 2015. Shaun has a powerful testimony and was previously a victim of drug addiction. Because of his story, he is passionate about helping young people excel amidst the challenges and peer pressure they might face. Shaun is a motivational speaker and speaks at different youth events in Cape Town on behalf of The Message Trust. Shaun is married to his 'beautiful wife' (his words) named Tracy-Ann.
Dean Themba Mgwebi: Chaplin
Dean joined The Message in March 2018 as a chaplain within our various MEP programmes. He is an ordained pastor and has experience working at different capacitices in various development organisations, including experience working with youth, and M&E. Dean is married to his beautiful bride and they have 4 children.