Dr. Christopher Leonard Peppler
Dr Christopher Leonard Peppler was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1947. After over 20 years as a banker, he left the world of business 26 years ago to found the Village Church in Lonehill outside Johannesburg, where he is still Senior Pastor and Lead Elder.
Dr Peppler is a champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus.
Following a call to restore truth to the church, he established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS) in 1996, which today is represented in over 65 countries, with over 1 700 active students. Dr Peppler is Chairman of the Board.
He has doctorates in Theology, the most recent from the University of Zululand, and a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School.
Dr Peppler was appointed as an evaluator for the South African Council on Higher Education, to assess applications for accreditation by Universities, Technicons and private Higher Education Institutions. He has also served as supervisor to Masters and doctoral students and as an external examinor of postgraduate dissertations.
He is a prolific writer, having authored four books and made numerous contributions to academic journals. He writes a regular column for South Africa’s leading Christian magazine and is a regular guest on several South African religious radio and television programmes.
In 2010, Dr Peppler launched his own blog – http://truthisthewordblog.blogspot.com – which is widely read both locally and internationally, particularly in the US, UK and Australia.
He is married to Pat, has two children, Lance and Karen, and a granddaughter Jessica.