Secretary General

Henri Weideman was born in Kimberley South Africa on the 15th of August 1962. He matriculated at Diamantveld High School after which he began his studies in Theology at the University of Johannesburg in 1981.

Whilst studying at the AFM Theological College in Auckland Park, he also completed a B.Th. degree at UNISA in 1986.During this time he worked at the Helen Joseph Academic Hospital to finance his studies.

He completed a B.Th.Honnours degree in Practical Theology in 1988. During the time of compulsory military service, he served in the Chaplaincy for two years.

He did his practical training at Rondebosch East assembly and was elected as regional Sunday School treasurer of the then Southern Cape Region. Dr. Weideman was ordained as a pastor of the AFM of SA in 1986, after which he served in the Bellville assembly in Cape Town as youth pastor. In 1989 he was called to Goodwood assembly as pastor of their Children and Youth department.

He was elected on the Western Cape Regional Youth committee as a member and later as leader, and also served on the National Youth council.

In 1997 Bellville assembly called him back as presiding pastor. During this time, he was elected as a committee member of the Western Cape Regional Leaders Forum.

He completed a M.A. degree at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on the role of pastors in the development of leaders for ministries in local assemblies in 2004. During this time Bellville assembly reconstructed a furniture warehouse store into a 1300-seater auditorium.

In 2010 he completed a doctorate (D Litt et Phil) at UJ on strategies to support pastors leading assemblies to address the demands of the current times in ministry.

During that time, he was elected as leader of the Missio Dei AFM Network. Dr Weideman has a passion for the continuous development of pastors and leaders and was appointed as national coordinator of the Pastoral Continuous Development (PCD) initiative of the AFM in 2013.

He participated in coaching training in 2008-2009 and completed training in Mediation. during 2015.

Whilst being in the Bellville assembly he was involved in community-based organizations and served on the ward committee of sub council 6 in Cape Town, as well as vice chair of the governing board of RAMOT (a centre for the treatment of substance dependency).

Dr Weideman was elected as the General Secretary of the AFM of S.A. in September 2016 and as the Secretary General of the AFM International in 2019. 

He believes in exercise and a healthy lifestyle and has an interest in gardening and doing stained-glass work. He is married to Margaret since 1986 and they have a daughter Inge who studied Chemistry and Polymer Science. Henri and Margaret live in Pretoria.