Dr. Johan Mostert
Director of Family and Community Resources
Assemblies of God COMPACT Family Services announces Senior Appointment of a Director of Family and Community Resources.
Assemblies of God Family Services Agency, dba COMPACT Family Services is pleased to announce Dr. Johan Mostert as the agency’s new Director of Family and Community Resources. As such, Dr. Mostert will head up COMPACT’s resource and empowerment strategy to better assist and mobilize local churches and Assemblies of God districts to more adequately redeem and serve vulnerable children and families in their communities. Dr. Mostert will also assist in the enhancement of the agency’s professional programs. The role of Director of Family and Community Resources serves on the agency’s senior leadership team alongside the Director of Social Services and under the Executive Director.
Dr. Mostert will assume the position of Director of Family and Community Resources beginning February 1, 2016. COMPACT is grateful to the leadership of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University for allowing Dr. Mostert to begin his work with the agency while completing his final semester as Professor of Community Psychology, a position he has held since 2004. Dr. Mostert will retain his faculty position as Adjunct Professor after this appointment.
Dr. Mostert comes to COMPACT with a rich background in compassion and child welfare ministry, family redemption, community and church empowerment, educational excellence, and discipleship development. Johan holds multiple academic degrees including a BS from Bethany Bible College (Assemblies of God), BA in Social Work and MA in psychology from the University of South Africa, BA (Honnours) from University of Stellenbosch, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Pretoria (Psychology). He is recognized as an educational leader in community ministry and has trained pastors, leaders, and professionals on four continents.
Johan Mostert started his career in pastoral ministry in 1972 with the Apostolic Faith Missions (AFM) in South Africa (the largest Pentecostal denomination in the country) and served local churches in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. After completing his first graduate degree in 1977, he accepted an appointment to the church’s national welfare department to serve as a counselor to 200 abused and abandoned children at the Villa Lubet Children’s Village in Johannesburg. Over the next 23 years his ministry grew as he progressively took over management responsibilities for the AFM’s community social work services, geriatric services and adoption services for the church.
From 1989 to 2000 he served as National Director of the AFM Welfare Department with its several hundred employees, ten homes for the aged, children’s homes and 310 local church voluntary welfare organizations. The dawning of democracy in South Africa and the severity of the AIDS crisis brought new challenges as he led his department into full racial integration and attempted to influence the wider church toward increased sensitivity to the needs of the poor and the vulnerable of their communities. He was principal author of the NDISWE local church development program and several USAID-funded development projects in Southern Africa.
He is widely recognized as a leading authority on local-church response to the global AIDS pandemic, and travels frequently as a speaker and project consultant for faith-based development agencies both in the U.S. and internationally. His book, How to Become HIV+: Guidelines for the Local Church, was published in 2011 and is aimed at the local church in Africa to assist pastors to develop a strategic plan to address the AIDS crisis in their communities. He has published peer-reviewed articles and chapters in academic books in three disciplines: psychology, theology and missiology. Until his emigration from South Africa in 2004, he was a certified counseling psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, a licensed social worker with the South African Council of Social Service Professions and an ordained minister with the AFM of South Africa. He is currently ordained in the Southern Missouri District Council of the Assemblies of God.
During his tenure at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary as Professor of Community Psychology he has taught counseling, practical theology, discipleship and social justice courses. He has functioned as the Relief and Development track coordinator for the PhD in Intercultural Studies program. He participated in the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Evangel University where he taught courses in human diversity, sexuality and psychometric assessment. Since 2012 he has been the principal researcher in the Kern Family Foundation sponsored research grant on Whole Life Discipleship which produced The Discipleship Assessment™.
Regarding his new assignment as Director of Family and Community Resource with Assemblies of God COMPACT Family Services, Dr. Mostert says, “Twenty-five years ago the Lord gave me a vision for local church empowerment to meet the social needs of their communities. This appointment is a miraculous revival of a dream that I thought had died those many years ago! I am humbled by the prospect of reviving that dream with the COMPACT team.”
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Dr. Mostert will retain his faculty position as Adjunct Professor after this appointment