Stories of the Members of Staff.

    The Principals of the Bible Institute of South Africa are listed below:-

    Their stories and the stories of other Staff Members are listed below.
    Click on those that are ‘high-lighted’ to get their stories.

    Alfred Daintree   (1923 – 1938)

    The work of the Bible Institute began in Manor House in Mowbray in 1923 under the leadership of the Rev Alfred DAINTREE, a godly and learned man.  He was a graduate of Cambridge where he had studied also at Ridley Hall under its famous first head, Dr Handley C.G. Moule, afterwards Bishop of Durham.  Mr Daintree’s lectures, like his addresses on the Christian life at various conferences, were models of scholarly precision, conciseness and deep spiritual insight.
    Mr. Daintree was also the rector of St Peter’s Anglican Church. Perhaps surprisingly, he had at least the part-time help of sixteen other lecturers during the college’s first year! The principal himself taught Old and New Testament, Doctrine, and even Pilgrim’s Progress!

    Joseph Ward    (1939)

    JOSEPH WARD had been a BI Council member for a long time before he became principal in 1939. Ward loved teaching; the Council spoke of the “zeal, enthusiasm and life” that he brought to the College. Ward had a heart condition for some time. One day he went for his daily walk to Fish Hoek, but was too weak to walk back. He sat down on a bench, caught a chill. and later died of pneumonia.

    Arthur Taylor   (1940 – 1945)

    ARTHUR TAYLOR served as principal from 1940 to 1945. Taylor was Superintendent of Wynberg Methodist Circuit at the time of the college’s move from Mowbray to Kalk Bay. He began lecturing on a salary of 10 pounds! Continuing on the financial note, about this time the Hostel / Daintree was completed at a cost of 2 600 pounds. The building was used by the Red Cross as a convalescent home during WW 2, and re-opened for college purposes after the war.

    Stuart Law  (1945 – 1953)

    From 1945 to 1953 STUART LAW led the college. Law had an MA from Glasgow and ThM from Princeton. He told the BI Council that the “position of principal did not attract him”, but lecturing had a strong appeal for him. Law was the first of three Scottish principals whose tenure altogether was to last for more than 35 years,

    Sandy Gilfillian  (1953 – 1960)

    SANDY GILFILLAN became principal in 1953 after completing his theological studies at the then fairly newly established London Bible College. He was the first of four LBC-trained principals, all of whom had studied under Dr Ernest Kevan. Sandy had a period as principal of the Baptist College in Johannesburg and then served as director of English religious radio broadcasting. Sandy and his wife Mary are presently living in Hermanus. (Ed. in 2008)

    Murdo Gordon  (1960 – 1981)

    The Rev MURDO GORDON, principal from 1960 to 1981 (the longest time in office of any of the principals), came from the Isle of Skye, off the west coastal Scotland. He spoke Gaelic as a child, not learning English until he was about 13. Murdo’s great love was Doctrine; he was a fine teacher and expositor of historic Protestantism, and was also known for his pastoral heart. Murdo’s wife, Margaret, lives in Sun Valley, while their children and grandchildren are scattered round the Peninsula and the UK.

    • Howard Green  (1957 – 1964)
    • David Carnegie  (1963 – 1970 and 1994)
    • Clive Tyler  ( 1965 – 1994)
    • Bryan Williams  (1980 – 1999)

    Clive Tyler  (1981 – 1994)

    CLIVE TYLER succeeded Murdo in 1981, and continued as principal until 1994. He came from the Birmingham area in England, and had been a Congregational minister before being called to South Africa in 1965 to lecture in Old Testament and Church History.  Clive often sat under the ministry of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones when in London and has presented papers on theological subjects and theologians at a number of conferences. He and Lilian are living in Fish Hoek. (Ed. In 2016)

    • Bryan Williams  (1980 – 1999)

    Bryan Williams  (1995 – 1999)

    I, BRYAN WILLIAMS (who is writing this report)  was born and grew up in New Zealand. After qualifying and working as a pharmacist, I also studied at London Bible College. Barbara and I ­(and our two children)  arrived in South Africa on April Fool’s Day, 1970! I have lectured mainly in New Testament and Doctrine. but also in philosophy, culls, and many other subjects. I designed the LTh and DLP, and completed the first two ACTEA accreditation reports. I was principal for 5 years, beginning in 1995. Like preceding principals, I have often preached and have been a member of various missionary councils.

    Tom Austin  (1999 – 2004)

    The Rev Dr TOM AUSTIN was our next principal, hailing from USA. He served in theological education in Kenya for 15 years before being invited to South Africa to take up the principalship in 1999. Tom, like me, was in office here during a period of considerable change: before and during his five years a number of other folk serving with Mission to the World (the international missionary arm of the Presbyterian Church in America) joined our ranks. At the same time more South African nationals came to BI as lecturers. Tom and Ann continue work in Africa, and South Africa in particular. Tom is MTW southern Africa regional director for theological education.

    Raymond Potgieter  ( 2006 – 2011)

    The Rev Dr Raymond Potgieter was the next Principal, and was himself a graduate of BISA.  He came to the College from the pastorate, having served many years as Rector of a CESA church in the greater Johannesburg/ Pretoria area prior to his tenure at BISA.  He is presently a member of the Faculty of Theology at North West University in Potchefstroom, where he and Michelle live.

    Peter Smuts  (2011 – 2013)

    Dr Peter Smuts, a graduate of BISA, and a faculty member since 1996, was appointed as acting principal in 2011.   He served for two years and is currently the Dean of Post Graduate Students at BISA.  Peter Smuts is additionally a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in the United States. with a PhD as well as an M Div degree.

    Daniel Simango  (2014 – – – –  )

    Dr Simango is a graduate of BISA and has been on Faculty for several years.