The General Secretary
Rev David de Kock was appointed to the role of General Secretary on 6 February 2016 and took up office on 1 March.
David grew up on a mine site on the edge of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. He attended an Anglican Boarding School in Kimberley from the age of eight. Having stopped attending church after school David, along with his wife Margie, began attending church again at the age of 27 and subsequently committed to following Jesus.
David earned an MBA degree from the Graduate School of Business in Cape Town. He worked for General Motors and then for The Standard Bank of South Africa before establishing his own business managing currency risk for companies in South Africa.
Having felt a call to ministry early in his Christian walk, David eventually left the business world to study theology. Following his graduation and ordination into the Presbyterian Church in South Africa David ministered to the Upper Umgeni Presbyterian Church in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal for 16 years, overseeing enormous development and growth.
David has been involved with the Uniting Church Western Australia since he and his family immigrated to Australia in 2009. David took up a placement in the Eastern Wheatbelt, and moved to Merredin with Margie and their three children. While there he served the congregations in Merredin, Mukinbudin, Bruce Rock and Southern Cross. Since 2013 David has been ministering to the Lighthouse Church in Geraldton.
David headed up the Church Growth Division of the Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa, chaired the Camp Jonathan Campsite Committee and ran the annual Presbyterian Renewal Conference. In the UCA he has served on the Rural Ministry Working Group, was Chair of the Pastoral Relations and Placements Commission and sits on General Council. He is involved with the Walk to Emmaus movement and has served as the Community Spiritual Director of the Great Southern Emmaus Community. He is a keen motorcyclist and rides his Honda 1300cc bike regularly with the Christian Motorcyclists Association on their Saturday runs and weekend outreaches to rural churches.