Dave and Julie Rudolph
Dave and Julie Rudolph have been involved in team church planting in Cape Town, South Africa since 1986. They have two sons, Jared and Justin.
In 1986, following a series of survey trips, the Rudolph and Blackwell families formed a church planting team in Cape Town. Missionary church planting couples were recruited to join the team and over the next fifteen years more than a dozen families came to the Cape. During that time this team started 20 churches, a pastoral training school, a Christian camp, Christian schools, and a revolving construction fund. In the early 1990's, the group voted to move all of their church planting strategy to a newly formed Cape Leadership Team which was not affiliated with any USA mission agency.
In 2001 the Cape Leadership Team voted to create smaller church planting teams to more effectively multiply their church planting efforts in the burgeoning metropolitan city of Cape Town. The result has been the formation of numerous teams, including the independent Cape Team which is overseen by the Rudolphs.
In 2005 the Rudolphs started a church in the town of Sedgefield "from a distance" and commuted there from Cape Town twice a month. During that time several additional missionary families were recruited to assist Dave and Julie in starting churches in three neighboring towns. Now there are four church planting families and two single women working together in a shared vision to reach the Western Cape, now including the Southern Cape (Garden Route) with the Gospel message, one piece at a time! The Sedgefield and George churches are well on their way, while the fledgling works in Knysna and Wilderness are just getting off the ground.
The Rudolphs are actively involved in several "helps ministries" as well, mainly in the poor communities, which provide relationship-building bridges for evangelism. One of these projects, a safe house for abused women, has culminated in a new church plant among the Xhosa-speaking people under the leadership of a national pastor who is now being trained.