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.
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 managemetn from Southern Business School (2004), and a Master's of Divinity (2009) from The Master’s Seminary. He began serving as pastor of Orland EV Free Church in 2012. Taking a "team-approach" to church ministry he believes it must be Bible-centered.