A warm invitation is extended to everyone in the Presbytery to attend the induction service for Rev Dr Herman Nienaber who has moved from South Africa to take up a placement with Yarralumla Uniting Church. The induction is being held on Friday 6 May, starting at 7.30pm, at Yarralumla Uniting Church, Denman St, Yarralumla, Canberra.
Herman is 45 years of age, a dedicated family man, a gifted preacher who is committed to social justice. His wife, Hesti is an architect by profession who wishes to pursue her career in Australia. They have three children, a daughter, Ancke, aged 11 and twin boys, Michael and Sean, aged 8 years. Herman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theological Studies and Philosophy (1987) from the Stellenbosch University, a Bachelor of Divinity (1990) from Pretoria University, a Master of Divinity (Missiology) (1992) from the same University, followed by a Doctorate of Divinity (Missiology) (1996). In 2006, Herman was also awarded a Certificate in Narrative Counselling by Pretoria University.
Herman has made it clear, however, that, much as he enjoyed the academic life, his heart is more into grass-roots church ministry.
In his youth, Herman represented South Africa as a swimmer (breaststroke) in international competition. As an adult, he has maintained his interest in swimming, primarily through coaching, and has found this a most valuable means of outreach to young people outside the church.
Herman most recently served as one of a team of seven full-time ministers in the Pretoria-Oosterlig congregation of the Dutch Reformed Church (NG Kerk), a congregation with some 3000 members.