Church of Southern Africa
Ivan has served as a minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MSCA) since 1977. He holds the distinction of being the youngest Superintendent Minister and Bishop in the MCSA. He has served as chairperson of many civic and ecumenical organizations, amongst others, The South African Church Leaders Forum, Southern Africa – United States Centre for Leadership and Public Values, Civil Society Forum and South African National Religious Leaders Forum. He also served on the Executive Committees of The South African Council of Churches, The Namibian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.
From 2003-2012, Bishop Abrahams served as Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern. During his tenure he provided prophetic leadership which ushered in a new era of the church’s collaboration with national and international non-governmental agencies in the fight against HIV/AIDS and poverty. His capstone achievement was the formation and successful completion of the multimillion rand legacy project, the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary.
Ivan has served the WMC in various capacities since 1986. He is a graduate of Rhodes University, The University of Cape Town, The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Pacific School of Religion. He is married to Esme and they have three children and three grandchildren.
Director, World Methodist Museum
Jackie visited The World Methodist Museum (WMM) as a child, and has visited many others around the world since. She strongly believes that WMM has a special and important ministry. Prior to becoming the Museum’s director in 2013, Jackie was the executive of non-profit/charity organizations, including one involving international work for nearly 20 years. She was featured on “North Carolina People” and received The N.C. Governor’s Award for Non Profits. Jackie is a life-long Methodist, counting circuit riders among her ancestors. She has served in various leadership positions in her community, local church, District and Conference, including United Methodist Women. Educated in Western North Carolina’s schools and colleges with an emphasis on business administration and marketing, she participated in Duke University’s leadership program. She and her husband, Gene, have two sons and one grandson. Interests include international travel, gardening, reading, hiking, most types of handwork and cooking.
Communications and WM Museum
Personal Assistant to the General Secretary (part-time, South Africa)