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Meet the Pastor

Pastor Anton M. Van Straaten has been married to his wife, Marietjie (pronounced Marikey), since 2001. They are blessed with two girls, Naomi and Olivia. He was born and raised in the city of Pretoria, South Africa with a religious upbringing in the Dutch-Reformed Church. However, it was in 1999 that Anton surrendered himself to the Lord Jesus. Soon after his conversion, he sensed the calling to preach God's Word accurately. He first served in children’s ministries at Grace Fellowship, South Africa, and later on began a college-and-career ministry which he led until 2004. Anton had a 15 year career in the dental and pharmaceutical business before he began ministry. He holds a under-graduate diploma in Business from Southern Business School, and a Master's of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary in southern California. He began serving at Orland EV Free Church in 2012. Taking a "team-approach" to church ministry he believes it must be Gospel-centered, and help saints growin their knowledge and understanding of God (Colossians 1:8-10)

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