Who is Pastor Joe Mametja
I was born on 3 May 1965 at the farm Doorndraai in Modimolle (Nylstroom), to my late parents, Mashilo and Rachel Mametja. I am from a family of seven – four girls and three boys.
I started my primary education at Daagbreek Primary school, continued to farm schools Stokkiesdraai and Middelfontein primary schools. Later in 1979, we moved from the farms and settled in Moletlane village, Zebediela, where I completed my primary education at Shikoane Primary school and proceeded to my secondary and high school at Chita-Kekana and Matladi High schools respectively. In 1991, I enrolled at the University of South Africa obtaining four degrees – Bachelor of Arts (Education), Bachelor of Library and Information Science, Bachelor of Theology and Honours Bachelor of Theology. In addition, I obtained a Diploma in Theology from the AFM (Apostolic Faith Mission) Theological Seminary.
My Christian Journey
I was born again in 1985 at a Gospel Preachers Team crusade conducted by Evangelist Shikwambana and immediately became a member of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa, Moletlane assembly. From as early as the age of 19 years old, I was serving God and the assembly, firstly as a youth leader and then as a secretary of the assembly board.
It was during this time that I sensed God’s calling upon my life – a call that was to be confirmed through personal visions and prophecies from other people. According to my late father I was called when I was nine (9) years old. I did not immediately respond to the call. I refused the call for many years up until around 2002. On 11 February 2011, I was ordained a pastor of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa.
I served under exemplary and influential servants of God – the late Hezekiel Modiba – humble and hard-working servant of God who served God in dry places where prospects of financial gains were very slim
The late Pastor Marcus Joseph Foroma, Pastors T T Pudi, E C Matlhakgane and S B Ndala.
These servants of God shaped my Christian life through the way they served God with integrity and humility.
The AFM Westview Family Fellowship
I came to Pretoria in 1990 and became a member of the Apostolic Faith Mission Atteridgeville Revival Centre, where I served God in the ministry of Worship as a worship leader and later on the assembly board as a secretary.
In 2005, the Missions and Evangelism Department initiated a church planting crusade in Westview. During the two-week crusade, I was a preacher and a worshipper. At the end of the crusade, I was appointed by Pastor Ndala and the assembly board to head the newly established branch assembly. The branch assembly, which started with a membership and attendance of ten (10) people, grew by God’s grace, in leaps and bounds, within a very short period. In 2012, we attained an autonomous status, that is, we were no longer a branch assembly of the AFM Atteridgeville Revival Centre, but a fully autonomous assembly of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa, with Pastor MJ (Joe) Mametja as a presiding pastor.
My calling in the body of Christ
In the body of Christ God called me in the pastoral and teaching office.
My personal vision (motto) is to serve God with integrity and humility
I am married to my childhood sweetheart Masechaba Mametja, nee, Ndlovu, and we are blessed with two daughters, Phenyo and Lebogang, a son-in-law, Thulani Ngwenya and two grandsons, Thabi and Njabulo.