St Columba's is situated in the leafy cosmopolitan suburb of Parkview, a short walk from Zoo Lake and close to Johannesburg Zoo at 45 Lurgan Rd, opposite a small park with a playground. The traditional stone Church with its stained glass rose window and other beautiful windows created by leading artists is flanked by a well-tended Garden of Remembrance and fronted by a small courtyard garden with a fountain and fishpond. Its tranquil exterior belies all the activities that take place within the Church walls and beyond.


St Columba’s is both a place and a people marked by Christian worship with a rich history, diversely expressed through our members and ministers, in response to the person and teaching of Christ, seeking to understand and live life in the changing context of the times. We place a high value on the care of our members, do what we can do to lighten the load of the world around us and engage in open-minded conversation with people from all walks of life.

Our Ministers

The Elders @ St Columba’s

Meet the Elders

St Columba’s is a community where the best of Presbyterian tradition courageously embraces inclusivity, innovation and openminded conversation in Christian service.

St Columba’s is led through the colleague ministry of Rev. Alistair Anquetil and Rev Jaco Bester. Standing on the shoulders of the giants of our past and looking confidently to the future, this energetic duo bring life, wonder and meaning to our members and others in the community on Sundays – and throughout the week.

The similarities of these men hold our Church together, while their often marked differences guarantee us of fresh perspectives, challenging thinking and more. Their experience allows Alistair and Jaco to relate to all of our members, as individuals and families across the generations, and into the wider community especially including many people who feel associated with St Columba’s although are not formally members of the congregation. Our ministers are bold adventurers, youthful in their outlook while balancing tradition with the needs of a growing younger congregation. They are driven by the belief that we are all drawn to ever more faithful service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

Alistair and Jaco are well respected within the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa, with both being members of the Executive Committee. Their calls to serving at St Columba’s were strongly supported, with the love, respect and gratitude shown to these men growing all the time – through their acts and words. We celebrate sharing in the rich and dynamic ministry of these two and their families.

Rev. Alistair Anquetil

Rev Alistair Anquetil

Rev. Jaco Bester

Rev Jaco Bester

Upcoming Services and Events The weekly message

31st March 2019

8.00am and 9.30am Service

Rev. Alistair Anquetil

Wednesday, 3rd April 2019


Pre-services snacks followed by the service.

Sunday, 7th April 2019

8.00am and 9.30am Service

Rev. Jaco Bester

Wednesday, 10th March 2019


Pre-services snacks followed by the service.

Sunday, 14th April 2019

Palm Sunday

8.00am and 9.30am Service

Monday 15th April 2019

Holy Week

6.oopm service

Tuesday, 16th April 2019

Holy Week

6.00pm Service

Wednesday, 17th April 2019

Holy Week

6.oopm Service

Thursday, 18th April 2019

Holy Week

Maundy Thursday

Tenebrae Serivice


Friday, 19th April 2019

Holy Week

Good Friday

9.00am Service

Sunday, 21st April 2019

Resurrection Sunday

8.00am & 9.30am Service with Communion

WEEKLY MESSAGE 21st February 2019.pdf St Columba’s Presbyterian Church

45 Lurgan Road, Parkview, Johannesburg,  2193.  Tel: (011) 646-5420.  Email: