Rev Paul Makai
MA Christ.Ed (NEGST), Cert. Leadership (Day Star), BSc Bib.Ed., Dip.Teach (CIU, USA), Dip Bib.Instr (BCCA)
Student Dean & Lecturer
Christian Leadership, Pastoral & Contextual Theology
Pastor Makai has extensive experience both in theological education and in church leadership. Before joining NETS in 2010 he served as the Bishop of the Evangelical Church in Zambia, taught at the Baptist Theological Seminary, lectured at the Theological College of Central Africa, and served on the Board of the Theological College of Central Africa from 1989 to 1995. He is happily married to the beautiful Febby. They have six adult children (4 girls and 2 boys), though their third born went to be with the Lord in 2012. All who know him know that he is a servant-hearted leader with a passion for studying and teaching God’s word, a burden to help build God-honouring marriages and families, and a commitment to training Christlike servant leaders who will build the Lord’s Church.
Rev Daan van der Kraan
MTh (PThU, Netherlands), BTh (Utrecht University Netherlands)
Academic Dean & Lecturer
Biblical & Systematic Theology
After his Bachelor in Theology, Rev. van der Kraan completed a three-year Masters program specialising in Biblical Theology. He has served as an associate-pastor in the Protestant Church of the Netherlands, and was ordained as a missionary pastor prior to coming to Namibia. Daan is married to Judith, who is a trained psychologist and serves with Imago Dei, the Trauma Healing Network and Phillipi Trust; training people throughout Namibia to deal with difficult situations and emotions. They are mission partners supported by GZB-Netherlands.
Mr Paul Gunning
BD Hons (Aberdeen), BSc (Aberdeen)
Biblical Studies & Pastoral Ministry
Before joining NETS in 2006 Mr Gunning spent ten years teaching at the Evangelical Bible Institute in Rundu, Namibia. Since 2010 he has been a part-time lecturer at NETS, enabling him to spend time supporting the Evangelical Bible Church congregations in Windhoek. He is currently studying for an Master of Arts in Theology at Aberdeen University, specialising in biblical interpretation. Paul is married to Hilary, and they have four children. They are mission partners supported by SIM-UK.
Rev Michael Knight
MA Theo. (RTS), BBS (CSU)
Youth Ministry & Biblical Studies
Prior to joining NETS in 2014 Rev. Knight served in various roles of youth and children’s ministry for over 15 years. He serves as a part-time lecturer at our Windhoek campus, and also has specific responsibilities for making youth ministry training accessible to local churches throughout Namibia. He is a mission partner supported by SIM-USA.
Ms Penny Carpentier
MRes (MQ), MDiv (Morling), BA (Ancient History) (MQ)
Before joining the NETS community in 2017 as a lecturer, Ms Carpentier enjoyed many years studying theology and ancient history in Sydney, Australia. Her major passion is to help people know the Bible on a deeper level, especially in light of its original contexts and languages. She is also a keen player of role-playing games and, with her husband Ben, ran a games ministry to reach out to non-Christians. She and Ben are mission partners supported by SIM-Australia.
Rev Daniel Webster
BD (MTC, Sydney), BSc Hons. (UNSW)
Rev Daniel served as a pastor in Sydney for 7 years before moving with his family to Namibia in 2018. His desire is to help people see the glory of God in the face of Christ through his Word. Daniel is currently working on an M.Th related to Paul’s understanding of Jesus’ teaching on divorce and remarriage. Daniel is married to Olivia and together they have been entrusted with four energetic boys. They are mission partners supported by CMS-Australia.
Rev Joram Oudshoorn
MA Miss. (UU), MDiv (PThU, Netherlands)
Biblical & Systematic Theology
Rev Joram has a passion for learning from and serving the church in Africa. He lived in Zimbabwe as a teenager, has researched Pentecostalism in Ghana, and served in Mozambique from 2010-2016 — both at Hefsiba Theological Seminary, and as a TEE trainer in the local churches. Both before and after his time in Mozambique he served in various local churches of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. Joram and his wife Danielle are blessed with four young daughters. They are mission partners supported by GZB-Netherlands.
Rev Misseline Gordon
BTh Hons (NETS)
Faculty in Training
Rev Gordon graduated from NETS in 2002 with a Bachelor of Theology, and then in 2017 with a Bachelor Honours. Her calling and heart’s desire is to see people emotionally restored and healed. Therefore, she dedicates her time and energy to share Christ, equip individuals in order to grow spiritually, and to walk the extra mile with the broken-hearted. She is an ordained minister of the Rhenish Church in Namibia, and has served in the Tsumeb congregation of the Rhenish Church in both full-time and part-time capacities since 2004. She joined the faculty in 2019.
NETS is committed to continuously developing its Adjunct Faculty that is made up of qualified Namibian pastors and academics who have significant ministry experience. These adjunct members make a tremendous contribution to our students’ education by teaching a range of subjects related to their area of expertise within the Namibian context.
Rev Lukas Kaluwapa Katenda
MTS (Virginia), DipTh.Min (TEE RSA), DipNur (UNam)
Rev. Katenda is an ordained Anglican minister, and leader within the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of Namibia (REACH-Namibia). He served at NETS from 2016-2018 in the roles of Academic Dean and Principal. He previously worked as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Anglican Diocese of Namibia. Lukas is married to Aune Kashikuka, a mathematics teacher by profession. They have a son named Leuyanoshinge Latumbala Livingstone.
Rev Christa Biwa
BTh Hons (NETS), DipPA (Polytech of Namibia).
Biblical Studies & Preaching
Rev Biwa is a graduate of NETS, and served on our full-time faculty from 2014 to 2017. She is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Windhoek and loves to serve God and His people. Christa completed he Bachelor Honours degree researching a minor thesis on the Pastoral Epistles.