About Us

Our History

Our history of Bridge Church started in Newcastle by Andrew and Valerie Strydom in the year 2000. Andrew and Valerie were planted out from Thandaza Church in Empangeni where they were on the church eldership.
Andrew and Val led Bridge church through all the teething problems that new church plants go through until 2008 when they both as a couple felt that they needed to hand over the leadership of the church to someone else.

Richard & Di Kohly responded to the call of God to come to Newcastle and on the 21st November 2008 they were ordained as the Lead elders of Bridge Church.

Tragically, Andrew Strydom contracted cancer some four years later and passed away about 6 months after having been diagnosed. Valerie has gone back nursing and is reportedly back in the Richards Bay area.

When Richard and Di took over the leadership, the church was meeting in the St. Dominics school hall for Sunday services. Subsequent to that, the church has found alternative premises to rent and is currently renting the church hall at 103 Tielman Roos street.

Community Support

We support Wellspring Church in Weenen as they reach out into the poorest of the poor in the heart of KZN. They receive monthly financial support from Bridge Church. Over and above that we collect clothing and toys for them. They are visited once or twice a year by Bridge members.

The leaders of two registered NGOs in Newcastle are members of Bridge Church. Both of these NGOs enjoy financial support from us. Members of the church are on the board of directors of the two NGOs. We also assist them in many practical ways.

These NGOs are:

Bags of Hope

Here young ladies in distress who have no one to assist them in having their babies are brought in, cared for and assisted in having their baby.
The girls receive Christian counseling. They are taught biblical principles about the Christian walk, raising their child and also taught some life skills.

Pregnancy Crisis Centre

Here young ladies in distress who have no one to assist them in having their babies are brought in, cared for and assisted in having their baby.
The girls receive Christian counseling. They are taught biblical principles about the Christian walk, raising their child and also taught some life skills.

Hope in Christ Mission

For detailed information you may visit their website at: www.hopeinchrist.org.za

Over and above this, there are many practical projects that we as a church embark upon.

We are well aware of the following scripture:



“Over and above this, there are many practical projects that we as a church embark upon.
We are well aware of the following scripture:
For we are God’s masterpiece. He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do all the good things (good works) he planned for us long ago.”

Ephesians 2: 10

What We Believe

We believe the Bible, the Word of God, is inspired by God as it was originally given and is infallible.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness”

Timothy 3:16

We believe that the Bible’s authority is above any idea, opinion and experience, and is the only acceptable standard for life, ministry and conduct in the church.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

We believe God the Creator has revealed Himself as one God, existing eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; distinguishable but indivisible.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

Matthew 28:19

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary and is the Saviour of humanity.

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”

Matthew 1:23

We believe Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, in His exaltation as heavenly High Priest and His personal, literal and bodily return to earth a second time.

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners of sin and reveals Jesus Christ to them so that by grace, through repentance and faith in the complete work of Jesus Christ crucified, they will have forgiveness of sin and be spiritually recreated.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

2 Corinthians 5:17, John 15:16, Ephesians 2:8-9


We believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit follows the salvation experience and is evidenced by speaking in untaught languages. (Acts 19:2-6)

“And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.  For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”

Acts 10:45-47

We believe the Holy Spirit indwells believers and guides and comforts them through distributing gifts of the Spirit, and leads believers to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19)

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”

1 Corinthians 3:16

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

Galatians 5:22-23

We believe the gifts of Christ and of the Holy Spirit in operation are essential to the ministry of the church, and are given as believer’s desire and as Christ and the Holy Spirit intend.

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, …”

Ephesians 4:11-13

“For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.”

1 Corinthians 12:8-11

We believe in prayer, i.e. believers talking with God at specific times corporately and all the time individually, to line up with God’s will and to receive what is requested from Him.

“…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel”

Ephesians 6:18-19

We believe the company of the called-out ones, the church, is the community where all believers join together like a loving family to pursue the work of the ministry of Jesus Christ.

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Colossians 3:15-17

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:24-25

We believe in water baptism by immersion as a confession by the believer in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and as an expression of faith and obedience to His command.

“But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”

Acts 8:12

“Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?”

Acts 8:35-36

We believe in the Lord’s Supper, called communion or breaking of bread, where bread and the cup are symbols of remembering Jesus’ sacrifice, and for self examination and thanksgiving.

“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”

1 Corinthians 11:23-28

We believe in eternal life for the believer, and eternal punishment for the unbeliever who has rejected the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as Saviour. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 & Revelation 20:11-15)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”

John 5:24

Giving to Bridge Church

If you would like to give financially, here are our banking details:

Account holder: Bridge Church

Bank: FNB Newcastle

Branch code: 270324

Account number: 62229139309

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