Frank Retief was born in Cape Town in 1942. He was converted to Jesus Christ at a Scripture Union camp in 1958.  With his conversion there was placed in his heart a deep conviction that all men and women had an eternal destiny of either everlasting life or everlasting banishment from God and the person who makes the difference was Jesus Christ.

Frank trained at the Bible institute of South Africa and graduated in 1965.  He was invited to join the ministry of the Church of England in South Africa, a small Evangelical Anglican denomination.  He served as a curate to Bishop Stephen Bradley at Christ church Pinetown KZN, until 1968 where he and his new wife Beulah were sent back to Cape Town to start a new church in Kenilworth, Cape Town.  They served at St James church in Cape Town for 31 years.  He retired as rector of St James church to become the Presiding Bishop of the Church of England in South Africa.  He retired from this position in 2010.

North West University conferred an honorary doctorate on Frank on 20th May 2011.  It was PHILOSPHIAE DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA THEOLOGY.

This was a great surprise and Frank thought he was totally unworthy of such an honour from such an internationally respected institution. Nevertheless it was done and Frank is very grateful.

He and Beulah live in Bergvliet in Cape Town and remain active in ministry through preaching, teaching , voluntary pastoral work and writing.  He has authored a number of books.  His two latest releases are SAFE – how to be sure of the love of God, and a biography of Festo Kivengere the famous Ugandan bishop who was a great evangelist and a man of great courage. During his time he and his colleagues had to face up to the wrath of Idi Amin, one of Africa’s worst dictators.

Frank and Beulah have 3 grown up children and 7 grandchildren.

14 Responses to “About”

  1. SarieAugust 6, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Hello dear friend!
    how lovely to click on this site and see the beautiful faces of my dear Frank & Beuls. How very wonderful to see you are continuing to bless us all with great God inspired thoughts, writings and life example through the wonders of cyber world. So very good to ‘see’ you again, I trust you are keeping well & I send great love and blessings.

  2. George van der WesthuizenAugust 6, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Hi there Bishop,
    It is great to see you embracing the new technology. I think your blog is one of the best I have seen and we will pray that the Lord God uses it to extend His kingdom and bring glory to His name. You and Beulah are in our prayers on a regular basis. Remember Welkom in your prayers please.

  3. Billy NieldAugust 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    As promised, Beulah, I visited the website and will include it in my favourites bar and make a point of visiting regularly. I am suitably impressed and greatly encouraged by this endeavour and assure you both of my regular prayers for your respective on-going ministry in the service of King Jesus!

  4. Bonnie JohnsonSeptember 12, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    Hi Dear Friends! 🙂
    I know that this website is going to be a ‘ministry’ rather than a blog as so many of us know that spiritually we have ‘grown’ up under your ministry.Although many of us have moved to different places we continue to serve our Lord due to the sound bibilical teaching that we received under your ministry having spent 27 years at St James. Together with you we will continue to pray that people will come to Christ and know this amazing grace!!

  5. Moira MarshbankOctober 12, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Dear Beulah and Frank, this is such a lovely website!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful words and warmth! I love all the family photos! Loads of love!!

  6. Ingrid VisserNovember 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Dear Frank and Beulah. I became a Christian under your ministry and had superb teaching from Beaulah at coffee mornings. Thank for always being faithful servants. I look forward to visiting your website often. Lots of Love David and Ingrid.xx

  7. Ken EatonJune 4, 2015 at 8:16 am #

    Hi Frank

    It’s good to be free to make contact with you. Apart from this message I’ll try to reach you telephonically to arrange a meeting.

    Best wishes


  8. Andrew GrillsJune 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    Hi Frank, Andrew Grills here from Geelong, Australia. I connected with you at Belgrave a few years ago where I led several of the meetings at which you spoke. I am an Anglican minister and a former army officer who had just planted a new church in Geelong which, In God’s grace, has now grown to a church of around 150 people. I have tried to stay in touch by email, but my emails to your old address do not seem to have gone through. Anyway, you had mentioned that your son was also church planting in South Africa and that we should try and connect when he was in Australia. This did not work out, but as it turns out my whole family (wife and 5 kids) will be in South Africa in September/October and in the Capetown area between Sun 27 Sep and Thur 8 Oct. The main purpose of our trip is a family holiday, but we are spending several days in Lesotho visiting old friends who are now working with street children and would also love your advice on churches to visit while we are here. I would also love to visit George Whitefield college as I very nearly went there instead of Ridley. blessings in Jesus, Andrew

  9. Rajan MoodleyOctober 9, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    Hello Pastor Frank. I pray that you and your dear wife and family are in good stead. We have never met. Hope we can some day. I am a pastor, serving the same con-gregation since 1983. I heard you preach on the radio and I just have to let you know how blessed and impressed I was to hear such a clear and distinct sound of the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. So often we are bombarded with these ‘other gospels’ but it was indeed refreshing to hear preachers like yourself who have not bowed their knees to substitutes for the true gospel…Rajan

  10. Steve GoughNovember 26, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

    You may not realize it, but you and Beulah, your ministry and your continued integrity, have had a lasting impact on my life, for which I am very grateful. Thank you both.

  11. GabrielMarch 5, 2017 at 4:18 am #

    Hi Frank, Lynette and I alwas say, that the messages you deliver are beautiful words wonderful words wonderful words of love to hundreds of thousands of listeners and who have responded to God’s calling through the extended voice of Jesus through one of His saints known as Frank Retief. I had promised to catch up with you since we last met at Belgrave Heights Convention. I am looking forward to seeing you before l return home to Oz on the 19thMarch. Blessings brother. Your brotherin Christ. Gabriel.

  12. Roland EskinaziOctober 28, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

    So grateful for your God glorifying ministry through the years.
    A great model for all of us in ministry.
    Greetings from the International Baptist Church of Brussels in Belgium.

  13. LaylaFebruary 14, 2018 at 9:19 pm #

    Dear bishop frank retief you had led me to the Lord on the 19th of august 1993 I day blessed for ever

    • Frank RetiefFebruary 15, 2018 at 7:34 am #

      Hi Layla,
      Thanks for this info, it is very encouraging indeed. God bless you

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