Brad Espin has been leading the Assembly for the past 20 years together with the Governing Body, elders and Ministry Leaders by God’s grace, wisdom and strength. Lize Espin joined him on the 1st of July 2015 as Office Manager and together they are privileged to be working side by side as they serve the Lord.

As husband and wife we are thankful for those who have served and those who continue to serve alongside us and have been such an inspiration and help.

We are most thankful to God our Father, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour and the Holy Spirit Who has called and equipped and continues to lead us according to His divine purpose and plan for His Assembly.

Our prayer is that we remain Faithful, Humble, Obedient and Teachable towards His calling, purpose and plan towards Him and His Church.

Pastors’ of the Assembly - (1 April 1990 – 31 December 1999)

1. Pastor WJ Odendaal & Sylvia - (1/04/90 – 31/12/93)
2. Pastor P Strydom & Hester - (1/02/93 – 30/11/97)
3. Pastor Zelda Coetzee - (1/02/93 – 30/03/96)
4. Pastor Robert Johnson - (1/02/98 – 31/12/99)
5. Pastor Brad Espin & Lize - (1 January 2000 – Current)
6. Pastor Gerhard Oosthuizen - (1 July 2007 – 31 May 2011)
7. Pastor Mariska de Villiers - (1 April 2011 – 31 December 2014)

History of the Assembly

  • The assembly began as a branch assembly (cell group) in 1988 out of the Observatory Assembly which closed its doors on the 30 March 1990.
  • Past WJ Odendaal with a few members of the Observatory Assembly officially opened the Blouberg AFM Assembly on the 1 April 1990 and made use of the following:
    • Van Riebeeck Primary School, Melkbosstrand (Morning) 1990-Nov 1992
    • Bloubergstrand Library Hall (Evenings) 1990 – Nov 1992
    • Bloubergstrand Library Hall (Mornings) Dec 1992 - 21 March 2004          
  • On the 30th of August 1992 the assembly approved the purchase of erf 10224 to the value of R123-000.00 and the Deed of Transfer of erf 10224 took place on the 5/08/99 and the church board received the documents in April 2000.                                                                                
  • The Deed of sale stated that a place of worship or part thereof be erected within a period of 4 years (04/08/2003) else the municipality reserved the right to expropriate the land.                                                                                   
  • In March 2003 the Lord gave Brad Espin a dream showing an investor coming to him with an offering to provide the finances to build the church with the condition to build immediately.
  • Brad shared this dream with the assembly at the Good Friday service conducted in his home,(83 Augusta Road, Augusta Place, Sunningdale) as the Bloubergstrand Library Hall was not available for the Good Friday service
  • This dream generated new enthusiasm among the members and whilst on leave in July 2003 Brad had to return to finalize the building plans because construction commenced in August 2003 on erf 10224.    
  • The assembly held its final thanksgiving and restoration service in the Bloubergstrand Library Hall on the 21/03/2004, a venue that had been used since 1990(14 years).
  • A group of 60 members with God’s grace and favour built a church to the value of R 1,5 million and held its first service in the new church building on the 28/03/2004 and has since continued to experience the favour and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.    
  • God gave Brad the words ‘Reach out’ in the year 2000 and in 2007 the assembly officially launched its vision – AFM Blouberg Ektein.
  • The Greek word ‘Ekteino’ means to reach out or stretch forward and in Matthew 14:31 Jesus reached out and caught hold of Peter’s hand who was sinking.
  • The Assembly has positioned itself in the community on all levels with the purpose of “Reaching out” to the Community’s needs.
  • Although being a dual medium church and always mindful of the respect and sensitivity towards culture and language, in 2011 the Assembly agreed that in order to reach all people that the morning service would be conducted in English.
  • The name “Church on the Rise” was first given to Brad in 2001 whilst praying on the church ground since the ground was an elevated piece of land resembling a rise.
  • The bulldozers levelled the ground in August 2003 for construction to take place and Brad thought that this name would no longer be suitable, however after 10 years In February 2013 the Lord awoke Brad with the words “Church on the Rise”.
  • Brad shared this in March 2013 at a Strategic planning meeting with the Assembly’s leaders and this was unanimously agreed by all present that “Church on the Rise” would be the church name used going forward.
  • At this strategic meeting one of the leaders stood up and explained the church was situated in Blouberg Rise and not Bloubergrandt, and the name “Church on the Rise” identified logistically, and geographically and spiritually to where God was leading us.