My name is Christopher Peppler and was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. My Christian upbringing was Methodist but I only came to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord (after a turbulent and rebellious youth) at the age of 30. I was, at that stage, a General Manager of a well-known South African Bank.
While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School.
After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. I left the world of business in 1988 and pastored the Village Church in Lonehill, Gauteng, South Africa.
I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus.
Since becoming a full-time pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I have earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000. Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in 73 countries and has over 2 500 students enrolled with it. I presently play an active role supervising Masters and Doctoral students. In 2002 I was appointed as an evaluator for the Council on Higher Education in South Africa and am also called upon from time to time to examine doctoral dissertations from overseas universities.
I have made appearances in the media, as a columnist for local Christian publication, Joy! Magazine, and made appearances on programs of a spiritual nature such as SAFM’s Well-Versed slot, SABC3’s Crux, SABC1’s Spirit Sundae, Adonai Broadcasting Network and SABC2’s Hosanna.
I have also written a number of Christian books and academic articles, as well as papers and keynote addresses for conferences in the field of education. The books “Revelation in the Stars”, “Truth is The Word” and “Prayer, Power and Proclamation” can be viewed here.
I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar. I have started a site called Classical Guitar SA to serve classical guitar enthusiasts in South Africa.
I hope this website provides you with any answers you may be looking for, the tools and resources to help you along your Christian path, and inspires you.
God bless you