Dion Forster (Ph.D)
I am a husband, father, and a follower of Jesus.
I am married to Megan and have two wonderful children, Courtney and Liam.
My time is spent in service of God and humanity.
Work life and ministry:
I teach in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch - I am a senior lecturer in Systematic Theology and Ethics with a focus on Public Theology. I also teach for Ekklesia where I facilitate two Master of Theology Courses (one in Missional Leadership and one in Spiritual Leadership - you can download the information for those courses here.)
Together with this I have the honour of being the international chairman for a global campaign called EXPOSED - Shining a light on corruption.
EXPOSED is a global campaign initiated by the World Evangelical Alliance, Unashamedly Ethical, the International Bible Societies, Micah Challenge and the Salvation Army. Please join us in making a stand on poverty and corruption - you can get information on EXPOSED here.
A lot of my time is spent trying to figure out new ways of relating the unchanging love of God to an ever changing world. That is risky business! I have devoted a great deal of my life to helping people to develop to their very highest potential in order to be agents of healing and transformation in the world.
I hold a doctorate in theology and science (Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience, and African Theology). I have published numerous books (click here to read more).
My work involves serving Churches, Church leaders, Businesses and Business leaders in effectively establishing God's Kingdom of grace, mercy, and love.
I was previously the Dean of the Seminary of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, John Wesley College Kilnerton.
Over the years I have taught Systematic Theology, Ethics, New Testament and Greek at various academic institutions and Universities. I served as a lecturer in Systematic Theology and Ethics at the University of South Africa, and in the Department of New Testament at the University of Pretoria. I currently teach Systematic Theology and Ethics in the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University - teaching both undergraduate courses and supervising Masters and PhD students.
I preach regularly in Churches across South Africa, Africa, and the rest of the world - you can stay up to date with my whereabouts on twitter @digitaldion and on Facebook. I also have a weekly radio program called 'The Ministry and Me' on Radio Pulpit.
I have taught and spoken at various Universities, Academic conferences, and Church gatherings throughout the world. I speak and write a great deal about social transformation, public theology, and issues of justice. I am convinced that a faithful disciple must have a balance of personal and social holiness - in other words God cares about our spiritual lives and how this is expressed in our politics, economics, the environment, social justice, and a whole host of other aspects of our corporate lives.
At the end of the day I am just a Christ follower who wants to live with integrity, passion and courage.
I am an avid mountainbiker. When I am home in Cape Town you will find me riding the trails out at Lourensford, or somewhere between Somerset West and Stellenbosch!
- For my blog please visit http://www.dionforster.com
- To follow me on twitter athttp://www.twitter.com/digitaldion
'Transform your work life'
We spend so much of our time in the world of work. Surely God has a will and desire for that part of our lives? If you're interested in discovering a deeper meaning and purpose to your daily life take a look at this book entitled 'Transform your work life: Turn your ordinary day into an extraordinary calling' please follow this link. The book is available on Amazon.com in Kindle and Paperback formats.
Here are a few endorsements for the book written by some friends:
Graham Power and Dion Forster have finally brought the role of the marketplace into the prominence it deserves! When you read the Bible, it soon becomes obvious that the focus of the ministry and outreach of Christ was nearly exclusively on the marketplace. If you are looking for the secrets of how to succeed with your faith in your workplace, then ‘Transform your Work Life’ is for you.– Dr Bruce Wilkinson, author of The Prayer of Jabez
We can never pay enough pastors and missionaries to evangelise the world! It will happen when the rest of us realise the church is not a building to go to, but a vast multitude of people called and commis- sioned by God to take the good news where we ‘spend most of our time and energy’. This book will turn your world upside down and inspire you to believe God for church to happen where you are! You are about to go on a great adventure!– Floyd McClung, All Nations (Cape Town)
At long last we have a book that affirms our daily workplace as a primary place for us to live out our faith. Few people are better placed and more equipped to show us the way than Dion Forster and Graham Power. I pray that this book will enable many individuals the world over to see their work as a means of dignity, love and provision, both for themselves and their neighbour.– Rev Trevor Hudson, South African Pastor and Author.
People often ask, “What is my calling?”. The answer is partly simple: the majority of us are calledto the marketplace. The interwoven stories of Graham and Dion will encourage you to make your occupation your vocation, your job a ‘beroep’, in the true sense of the word. I highly commend these good friends to you; read their story so that your heart will be en- couraged, your mind renewed, and your spirit emboldened. God, being a lawyer, understands legal precedent, so what he has done for them he can do for you and me if we walk in similar obedience. Make their story a springboard for your story. ‘But, he is successful and if I had his money I could also serve God,’ you may say. Don’t ask for money like Graham – ask for humility like Graham. Don’t ask for a ministry like Dion’s, but minister with all that you have, right where you are. Don’t wait for one great thing to do, but take the next step of obedience. I am delighted that Graham and Dion are challenging us to integrate our work and faith so that we can be a part of the extraordinary company of ordinary marketplace people who are extending the kingdom through daily business.– Brett Johnson – President, The Institute for Innovation, Integration & Impact, Saratoga, California