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Bishop William Raymond Bowles
Head of the Cape Orange Diocese

The Diocese is headed by Bishop William (Bill) Raymond Bowles. The Diocesan Administrative offices are situated in North View, Homestead KIMBERLEY.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa

Founded on the 19 December 1975 in Tlhabane Rusternburg. This was a come together of four regional Churches; namely, the Tswana regional Church, the Cape orange Regional Church, the Transvaal regional Church and the South Eastern regional Church.

Out of this union was born the following Dioceses: the Cape Orange Diocese, the Central Diocese, the Northern Diocese, the South Eastern Diocese and the Western Diocese. Later on the Botswana Diocese and the Eastern Diocese were added. Today we have the seven Diocese that comprise the ELCSA. Geographically, we are operating in the whole of South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland.

Cape Orange Diocese operates in five of the nine provinces of the Republic of South Africa. Namely Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State, Western Cape and a small portion of the North West Provinces of the Republic.

The Diocese is headed by Bishop William (Bill) Raymond Bowles. The Diocesan Administrative offices are situated at 24 Natasha Street, North view, Homestead KIMBERLEY. The Diocese have a membership of about 60 000  in six (6) Circuits namely; Eastern Cape Circuit, Free State Circuit, Kalahari Circuit, Moriah Circuit, Northern Cape Circuit and the Western Cape Circuit. Each circuit is headed by a Dean.

Eastern Cape Circuitis located in the Eastern Cape Province. The Circuit is headed by the Very Rev. Mzamo Maho who is the Dean. The Circuit has four (4) Parishes. Each Parish is supposed to be served by a full time minister but up to now the Circuit has one Self supporting Pastor who assists the Dean to render spiritual services to the more that 4000 members. The Dean is in Stutterheim.

Kalahari Circuit is situated in the North Western Part of the Northern Cape Province. Currently the Circuit does not have a Dean as the current bishop used to serve in that capacity.
The circuit has four Parishes and these are served by two (2) full time and one (1) self supporting Pastor. The Circuit has a membership of 6000. The seat of the Dean is in Upington.

Free State Circuit is situated in the Free State province of our country. The circuit has seven (7) Parishes with a personnel of five (5) full time Pastors and two (2) self supporting Pastors. Currently the Circuit does not have a Dean. The membership of the Circuit is 10 000 and the seat of the Dean is in Bloemfontein.

Moria Circuit is formed by the Port Elizabeth Parish in the Eastern Cape Province and the rest of the Parishes are in the South Western Cape along the Garden Route.

The Circuit has nine (9) Parishes. The Dean is the Very Rev. Jerohme Kannemeyer who is in Port Elizabeth. The Parishes are served by eight (8) full time Pastors, one (1) self supporting Pastor and a retired bishop. The membership of the Circuit is around 15 000.

Northern Cape Circuit is situated in the Northern Cape Province and one Parish is in the North West province of our country.

The Circuit has twelve (12) Parishes. The Dean is the Very Rev. Adam Matthys who is assisted by ten (10) full time  and one (1) self supporting Pastor. The Circuit membership is about 15 000 and the seat of the Dean is Kimberley.

Western Cape Circuit- is situated in the Western Cape Province. The Circuit has ten (10) Parishes. There are about eleven (11) full time and three (3) self supporting Pastors who are serving the Parishes in the Western Cape Circuit. The Circuit is led by the Very Rev. D. M. Dinale who is the Dean. The circuit has a membership of about 15000.


 

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