Rev. Heinrich Botha
Heinrich was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and immediately after high school started his theological studies at the University of Pretoria (UP) (with a short stint at the University of Vienna in Austria). During his time at UP, he met his wife, Linda, at the Philadelphia Student Congregation.
After completing his MDiv, he was ordained in the Dutch Reformed Church of Africa (NHKA) and over a period of ten years served in three different congregations. During this time, he obtained certification as a relationship therapist through Imago Relationships International (IRI).
In 2014 the Bothas moved to Canada in response to an opportunity in Edmonton. There Heinrich served for two years at First Presbyterian Church as their Church School Coordinator. In 2017 another opportunity became the catalyst for yet another move, this time to the Vancouver area, where Heinrich applied for the call to West Vancouver Presbyterian Church. He was formally inducted as the WVPC minister on March 11, 2018.
Heinrich has a particular interest in the transference of faith between the generations, and is passionate about guiding people to discover and explore the richness of the Bible and Christian Faith and its relevance in people’s lives.
“As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near." Matthew 10:7
On top of some other interests like hiking, fishing and photography, he's also an avid squash player.