Say hello to our Leadership Team

Shelley Smuts

Pastor | Operations & Administration | Pastoral care & oversight

Shelley hails from KwaZulu Natal where she committed her life to Christ at the age of 13, but is delighted to call Cape Town home. She oversees Pastoral care, our PrimeTime ministry and Courses at Connect Church, and is incredibly grateful for the privilege of serving this church family on the pastoral team since 2001.

Shelley is married to Mike, a teacher at local boy’s preparatory school, and is an avid coffee drinker and cat whisperer.

Roland Cohen

Pastor | Youth Ministry

Roland was born and raised in the Eastern Cape and has been in Cape Town since 2011 when he felt moved by God to join Connect Church as Youth Pastor. His primary responsibility is overseeing our vibrant teen ministry, and he loves it so much you’d almost think he was a teenager himself!

Roland loves Jesus and is always keen to share how he came to faith in Christ – it is a story worth telling! He is passionate about the outdoors, adventure and endurance sport, particularly mountain biking. Rolls (as he is known around the church) is married to Mandy who works at Noah’s Ark and they have two precious children.

Jolene Bonney

Pastor | Children’s Ministry | Noah’s Ark

Jolene has been part of the pastoral team at Connect Church since 2000, and is the pastor with responsibility for our Children’s Ministry – a long-time passion of hers. From cooking large quantities of scrambled eggs on kids’ camps to facilitating special children’s church services, Jolene’s heart for kids’ ministry is apparent wherever she goes.

‘Jo’ as she is fondly known, is often seen been dragged around Meadowridge by her two boisterous weimaraners, or having coffee with her husband Jono and enjoying time together with their children.

Brad Mann

Pastor | Life Groups

Brad has been a part of Connect Church since 2004 and has been permanently on staff since 2013. He was initially involved in Young Adult Ministry and spent time leading in our Muizenberg Congregation. Brad currently leads and gives oversight to our Life Groups that meet during the week. Brad is married to Glenda and they have one fur-child full of energy called Shelby.

Trevor Fischer

Worship Director

Trevor Fischer has joined the Connect Church on the 01 October 2016 as the Worship Director.  He is the son of a Pastor and married a Pastors daughter named Shirley and they have two children named Matthew and Michael. He was born and raised in Cape Town, becoming a committed Christian in 1986. His primary responsibilities involve:  The discipling and training of the people involved in the worship ministry of Connect church; identifying and raising up new people from every generation to be able to serve in this area of ministry; Developing the worship ministry in all of its facets-music, singing and other expressions of worship, so that every generation and culture group at Connect Church can meaningfully express their worship to God. Through the medium of music and the arts, ensure that the church meaningfully engages with people in the communities in which it ministers and finds itself.