The Wycliffe Global Alliance has appointed Dr. Stephen Coertze to serve as its new director, following a time of transition that will begin in April 2020. Coertze, a member of Wycliffe’s staff in South Africa, currently serves as the director for missiology on the Alliance’s leadership team. Dr. Kirk Franklin will continue as the executive director of the Alliance until September 2020, when the official handover to Coertze will take place at the Alliance’s global gathering.
The Alliance’s board of directors stated: “The board are delighted that Stephen Coertze will be serving as the next executive director. . . . We trust that the whole of the Alliance will continue in prayer as we enter into this time of transition, especially for Stephen and his wife Lezelle, as they anticipate what is to come, but also for Kirk and his wife Christine who have served the Alliance faithfully since 2008.”
Coertze served in the South African Police Services for five years before being called into church ministry. After undertaking theological training at the Teologiese Seminarium van die Afrikaanse Baptiste Kerke, he ministered at Kempton Park Baptiste Kerk for five years before responding to the call to missions. Coertze served with Wycliffe South Africa for 14 years, 10 of which he served as director.
A PhD (Science of Religion and Missiology) at the University of Pretoria, completed in 2007, drew him into the next phase of his calling—developing the Alliance’s missiological thinking and influencing the way the Alliance works today.
Over the past 12 years, Coertze has led or presented at more than 40 seminars and consultations that have contributed to the Alliance’s understanding of God’s mission and our collective role in that mission.
The Coertzes have two children and live near Johannesburg, South Africa.