About us

Word and Life (WnL) church exists on the belief that the Lord makes us as a city on a mountain that cannot be hidden. Therefore our mission is to equip His people for works of service so that the body of Christ (His Kingdom) be built up. Our members are encouraged to GROW in their relationship with God, to CONNECT with others, to SERVE with others and SHARE the Lord’s message.

“The Lord makes us like a city on a mountain that cannot be hidden.” – Matt. 5:14

WnL is a community of believers unified through faith in Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church and that the church is responsible for spreading the Gospel. Woord en Lewe/Word and Life (WnL) was founded in 2000 in Boksburg, based on a vision that God laid on the heart of our leader Pastor Ronnie Barnard. WnL is located in Boksburg and has an Afrikaans ministry led by Pastor Ronnie Barnard as well as an English ministry led by Pastor Basil Panayi. Our campus in Benoni was started two years ago and is led by Pastor Sybil Bezuidenhout.

To fulfill that vision, we have sought to spread the Lord’s Gospel in many ways and we continue to do so as we unite the body of Christ in South Africa and beyond. WnL has planted churches in various locations in South Africa, India and China under the AFM network.

WnL has a Pentecostal Training Academy that seeks to grow the church’s impact through the training of pastors who will continue to spread the Gospel and fulfill a Godly promise. We also have a christian school called Sunward Christian Academy.


Word and Life Network consist of +- 2000 partners across South Africa


Word and Life Network has its own Training Academy for trainee pastors.


Sunward Christian Academy. Word and Life church also have it's own school.