Our Team

As a Leadership Team at Willows, we desire to see our community, city, country and continent healed and transformed by the love and truth of Jesus Christ our Lord. We are committed to seeking God’s face in our attempts to accomplish this goal.

If you have any questions for or about, our staff, our leadership, our congregational volunteers or anything else, please contact Lillian, our office administrator Contact Lillian.

Graeme Mercer, Senior Pastor

Graeme provides vision, leadership and guidance to the ministry team at Willows, and empowers the lay members of the church according to their gifting to fulfil the purpose for which God has planted His church in this community.

Having qualified initially as a Metallurgical Engineer at the University of the Witwatersrand, Graeme first worked in the industry for 11 years before God called him into the full-time itinerant ministry in 1995. After acquiring his B Theology degree at the University of South Africa, he was ordained and has ministered in three churches prior to coming to Willows in 2011.

Graeme and Kathy married in 1984 and have three adult children, Thomas, James and Amber-Rose. Outside his passion for Jesus and ministry, his interests include rugby, cricket, golf, music and the outdoors.

Simisile Ngomane, Deacon 

Simisile is a deacon at Willows Methodist Church. She heads the HEAL pillar of Willows, which includes homecare and hospital visitation, and the support and guidance ministry. Her portfolio includes her active involvement in missions and outreach; she has an important role in community upliftment, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and the fill-a-bag innitiative.

Simi is married to James, and she is a loving mother to two boys, Xoli and Sthelo. Helping people is a calling very close to her heart. 

Julie Viljoen, Children’s Ministry Director

Julie Viljoen is the Children's Ministry Director for Willows Kids. Willow Kids is a special place for children to come and learn more about Jesus and the Bible, to grow in their relationship with Him and others, and to develop a better understanding of what it means to live like Jesus.

Julie and her husband, Keith have two children and a pet chameleon called Dave. 

Lillian Viljoen, Administrator

Lillian is the secretary for the resident minister and offers administrative support to the church staff, congregation and various ministries. She has been employed by the church for over 20 years, having started when it was still Hatfield Methodist Church with Rev Dudley Goodenough. She was part of the building and the move of the church to the Willows.

Lillian and her husband, Dawie were married in 1984 and they have two adult children, Elaine and Stephan.

She is involved in the counselling ministry and her greatest passions are her Lord, this church and its people. Lillian loves spending time with her friends and family and enjoying a good movie or theatre production.

Yury Gaudard, Youth & Young Adults Pastor

The Young Adults Ministry is a ministry where we go after the presence of God first and foremost in an atmosphere built to do this within the context of community and connection. Our heart is to empower and raise up leaders to walk in their strengths and involve them in various areas within the ministry. We believe young adults will be able to go into any environment and situation and bring revival. We call our Young Adults Ministry Ignite because we believe in a generation ignited by God to change the World. Come and join us on Sunday Evenings at 18h00.

Anchored Youth Ministry exists to see young people have a divine encounter with Jesus Christ, grow in intimacy with the Lord, belong in community, and be empowered to change the world. Join us on a Sunday morning at 9:15 for worship, fun, and Word of God.

Church Office





012 807 2752

Mondays: 08h00 – 13h00
Tue - Fri: 08h00 – 15h00

821 Meerlust Rd, Equestria
-25.77247, 28.33912


We desire to see all people COME to faith in Jesus Christ so He might HEAL their brokenness, that all may GROW in their relationship with God and HELP others to do the same.

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