Lauren is a passionate bible scholar, theologian and expositor. Focusing on ancient near Eastern culture, society and linguistics, she teaches over 20000 people each week through the ministry she co – found with her husband Tim. Together with her husband, she has travelled across borders to preach and teach the word of God at different home congregations, churches, summits, forums, conferences, on radio and television. She is the author of three award winning books, two for adults and one for children. Her passion is women and the girl child, as such she serves as a board member for the Rea Thusana Foundation, a safe haven for homeless women in Cape Town and is an advisory board member for a global advocacy organisation working with refugee girls called She Saves a Nation.
Lauren is also deeply passionate about seeing women set free from false beliefs which have disempowered women for generations. She started her career as a psychologist, and trauma worker for abused women before becoming a freelance journalist specialising on justice issues relating to women. She has worked advocating against gendercide in China from 2011 through to 2014, and wrote prolifically about gender-based violence, education rights for girls and about female ritual servitude practices in West Africa. Her work has appeared in dozens of national and international publications. Due to public interest in her work, Lauren has been interviewed on numerous occasions on Smile 90.4FM, Cliff Central Radio, Cape Talk, National Radio Pulpit, Midcities FM, Radio Tygerberg, Radio CCFM, Radio Disa, Sky Radio and Tv (Ghana), Radio Cape Pulpit. And she has had featured interviews in Lig Magazine, Leef, His Favor Magazine (U.S.A.), Bella, IOL, Strength and Honor, and Arise Magazine (U.S.A), She Leads Africa, Phenomenal African Women, GLANS and Wordmothers (USA), Creative & Kin, Charlotte Readers (U.S.A), What’s Her Name Podcast, Noggin Notes Africa, Relate your Research, and Kingfisher FM.
She hosts her own journalism show on Radio Cape Pulpit every Thursday at drive time. In August 2021, Lauren won 4th place in the Western Cape in the 9th Gender Awards of South Africa, she is also a finalist in the She Inspires Awards U.K. in the Michael Brown Change Agent Category. In 2017, she won the Desmond Tutu – Gerrit Brand Award and in 2019, she was awarded the Next Generation Indie Book award for her historical fiction work about Shelamzion, the second century B.C queen of Israel. Lauren is a member of the Simon van der Stel Foundation protecting the heritage and history of her beloved home city, Cape Town. In 2018, Lauren was a Ted Talk speaker on the importance of women’s history at TedxCapeTown. As a member of We will Speak Out South Africa, Lauren works in the sector of faith and gender based violence, working towards empowering faith communities to become safe places for female victims and survivors of gender based violence. She also attends charity functions in the capacity of ambassador for change. Please use the contact form to get in touch with Lauren.
Storyteller. Visionary. Woman. Justice Passionate. Creative. Wife. Child of Yahweh. Daughter. Sister. Gender Equality Activist. Writer. Researcher. Ordained Minister. Speaker. Friend. Compassionate.
Academically minded fellow peeps ask me about my qualifications, so here they are! I have a B.A degree in English and Psychology. An honours in Biblical Counselling Therapy and a master’s degree in Divinity in the area of Biblical counselling, with specialisation in women abuse. I am a qualified trauma counsellor, HIV/AIDS counsellor, facilitator, coach, theologian and mentor. I’m proud to be a professional member of PENSA, the Simon van der Stel Foundation, and We will speak out SA.
How do you define storyteller?
When I close my eyes, and picture a storyteller, I am immediately transformed out in to the African landscape. A circle of men and women gather around the blazing fire and the storyteller completes the circle, up on her feet. She tells the stories of generations passed, the ones entrusted to her to hand down. She tells the stories that encourage, that teach, that rhyme and that are complex in its riddles and songs.
In many different cultures and tribes, the storyteller is essential to the survival of the community. Many different cultural and religious groups rely on oral storytelling to stay unified and connected to the past. For me personally, I love telling stories that are factual, historical fiction, poems that reflect truth or true life stories that teach us about ourselves and those around me.
To be a storyteller for me, means that I am telling the stories that can change mindsets and set us free, and keep us connected to the hidden stories of the past that carry deep meaning for our present wanderings.
What Fuels You?
Can you tell us about your journey to become an ordained minister?
I never saw myself as a minister. When I met my husband, he was studying to be a pastor and was already knee deep in the work of pastoring at a community church. He always knew that was his calling, I just wanted to be a psychologist and a researcher, helping the community and aiding healing. The year before we were married however, we started up a ministry together, I wrote and did community work and he preached. I was happy to be in the background of the ministry, until God called me forward, which was a shock! Then, I knew I had to be ordained and take a more active role as a speaker and teacher, in the ministry. I was ordained in 2014 and am so thankful I was. Our ministry has a big outreach heart and we have been blessed to travel and minister. I have also been blessed to have more opportunities to help communities through my role as a religious leader.
As a South African woman, what is the African Woman’s Challenge?
I think there are so many! As a writer, I write a lot about the oppression of women, about the very real issues of female genital mutilation, child brides, lack of literacy for girls in Africa and also the domestic violence that effects so many communities. By making people aware of these issues, I hope that it will inspire others to react and be proactive! There is power in a pen, it creates and can impact change.
Why is your biggest passion Gendercide in China?
When I first heard about gendercide it was in 2013. I was struck by the reality that, close to 40 million baby girls had been routinely aborted in China just because they were girls. I remember pushing my chair back, closing my laptop and feeling overwhelmed and anxious. The information was too much, the statistics unfathomable. A few days later, I timidly exposed myself to gendercide again, but this time with a different mindset. God broke my heart for these beautiful girls and for the women of Asia. God called me to speak about gendercide, and in 2014 we hosted a conference about Gendercide in China, right here in South Africa. From then on, I have written about gendercide and joined with an organisation who advocates for the lives of women in China. This is Father’s Heart in me and is a big passion!