global ministry staff team
Genesis Design Author, Teacher, Trainer and Lesson Writer
Sylvia Holtzhausen is the author of the Genesis Design Curriculum which she developed over many years of getting to know the lives and struggles of children, youth and adults. Sylvia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies and years of teaching experience. She and her husband Jos, served God through Youth for Christ, first in South Africa and then in Namibia. In 2003, they started Christ’s Hope International which focused on ministry to AIDS affected orphans and vulnerable children. In 2019, they moved on to make Genesis Design a stand-alone ministry.
“I love teaching and am passionate about what I teach. I love to see lives being transformed as young people all over Africa are becoming CycleBreakers. But no amount of teaching or good programmes can bring about change. As Paul said, “All that matters now is one created anew.” And that only comes about when a person is redeemed through Jesus Christ.”
Uganda Representative, Teacher, Trainer and Lesson Writer
Carolyn has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Science, from Kyambogo University, Uganda. She worked with Christ’s Hope International as a Caregiver, Child Sponsorship Coordinator and Genesis Design teacher and trainer. Carolyn had the opportunity to interact with, and teach children of different age groups especially teenagers; as well as train her fellow colleagues. She in turn discovered her gifts and passion for teaching. “I had struggled with low self-esteem for years because I always believed I didn’t amount to anything. I tried so hard to show that I mattered. When I failed, I isolated myself from people. But through Genesis Design I learnt who I am in Christ, His beloved, chosen and highly valued. My life has changed forever since then.”
Alicia is married to Robert and they have a daughter. She is a English and Mathematics secondary school teacher. She has always enjoyed teaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to young children and teens. “What we need are courageous men and women who love and study Scripture and stand up for the sometimes-challenging truths in God’s Word. Knowing what it costs to find out about a godly way of growing into adults and starting a family late in life, I really value the work of Genesis Design. By teaching them Scripture, people have the chance to recognise the falsehoods in popular thought and instead, experience the Lord’s blessings in marriage and family.”
Sharon Agwang lives in Uganda and has a degree in Chemical Engineering. She has a love and passion for teaching the Word of God.
She has taught children since 2012 in Sunday school and also been able to minister to children in unreached areas of Uganda like Naput and Moroto.
Sharon believes that Genesis Design has allowed her the opportunity to not only impact the children she can physically reach, but also to be part of the Genesis Design team changing lives of children globally.
Sharon is part of our age-appropriate Lesson Development Team. Her creative gifts, skills and experience are a great asset to our work as we develop lessons that will bring about positive life transformation for children, teens, teachers and caregivers.
Jos has been in fulltime Christian ministry for since 1975. Jos founded Genesis Design as a standalone international ministry in May 2019 with Sylvia, his wife and author of the curriculum. They have 2 grown daughters and four grandchildren. Jos is the founder of Christ’s Hope International, and also pioneered Youth for Christ in Namibia. He has served in various international leadership roles with different ministries and is a mechanical engineer. One of the many international leadership roles he served in was the Corresponding Secretary for the Billy Graham Organisation and arranged different delegations to international conferences like Amsterdam ’86 and 2000.
Kenya Representative, Teacher, Trainer and Lesson Writer
Caesar holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Social Work and Social Development from the University of Nairobi. Before joining Genesis Design in 2019, Caesar spent nine years working in Mathare Slum, Nairobi as a Social Worker and child CareGiver with Christ’s Hope International and another community organisation. He was the Ministry Centre Administrator and a Genesis Design teacher.
“I love teaching God’s Word to anyone willing to listen.”
South African Board Treasurer
and Lesson Editor
Carmen has been married for 30 years, is a pharmacist and has two grown daughters. She is passionate about studying and teaching others God's Word. She also helps to edit lessons and cross check the various quotations from Scripture to be correct.
In her own words: "I absolutely believe in the sanctity of marriage and that marriage is for life. Therefore, I felt it important to get involved with Genesis Design, because it teaches from a completely Biblical perspective about manhood, womanhood, sexuality and marriage. It also teaches the skills required to make right and responsible choices for godly single lives and marriages that honour God. I share in the vision of Genesis Design to teach God’s perfect design for mankind as laid out in Genesis 1-3; but most importantly, to teach about the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, no matter your past."