Kobus van Rensberg Senior 

Kobus Van Rensburg (24 October 1952 – 21 December 2013) was a South African preacher, author, public speaker, and televangelist.[1] He was the founder of Spirit Word ministries. Kobus Van Rensburg was known for his firm belief that the Word of God is power in itself, and must be explained by the Word and not by man’s theories, imaginations, world news reports and events.

Van Rensburg claimed to have seen thousands of documented Miracles, Healings, Signs and Wonders, and also that he died 7 times and came back from the dead. Kobus Van Rensburg also believed according to the bible that people can be prosperous by practicing biblical and financial principles e.g. tithing, giving offerings, and having faith.[2]

 

Life and career

Kobus Van Rensburg gave his life to God in an Evangelistic meeting on his 7th birthday. He drifted away from religion during his high school years, later citing the friends he had in the hostel he was staying at as the reason. In 1971, he joined the South African Air Force and was soon transferred to the Navy to study electrical engineering and also to take an officers course. He later worked in at Atlas Aircraft Corporation. During his sermons he mentions that after being dismissed from the Navy, his mother encouraged him to reconsider his life, and he met Jesus again.[3]

He returned to religious life when he was 24, and within days was preaching on street corners.[4]

When he was 27, he went to a Pentecostal Bible School where he met his wife, Annalise. As a married couple, they pioneered a few churches before taking the pastorate of an established church in Klerksdorp, North West Province, South Africa.[5]

On 26 April 1985 they resigned from the denomination and started Lofdal Ministries, which later became Spirit Word Ministries. In the year 2000, they started broadcasting and 4 years later we launched the Spirit Word Channel.[6]

Kobus Van Rensburg died on December 21, 2013, from cancer