senior pastors

Senior Pastors

Pastors André and Wilma Olivier

Since 1992, André and Wilma Olivier have been the senior pastors of Rivers. They have grown the church from just 70 people into a church of thousands and are responsible for the vision, values and culture of the multi-campus church. They are passionately committed to building all their congregations into churches of blessing and significance. 

With over three decades of pastoral and leadership experience, André’s ministry is positively focussed, motivational and challenging. He is a certified life coach, and the author of several inspiring books and is frequently invited to speak internationally. André also has a unique and dynamic television programme called Life By Design, which is broadcast in a multitude of countries across Africa and Europe. His practical teaching provides simple keys for living an extraordinary life, finding a way to win and becoming a person of excellence. He shares on topics relevant to our nation and to people of all races, ages, genders and walks of life. André has a passion to add value to others out of the experience of his own journey. His personal mission statement is to preach and teach to inspire faith and breakthrough.

Wilma has a specific passion to build into women’s lives. She heads up a successful women’s ministry called Sisters, and hosts the annual Sisters of Africa Women’s Conference through which she aims to mentor, motivate and mobilise women to be all they can be for the cause of Christ. She is also the author of 3 books; Small Beginnings, Life as a Chocolate Cake and Keep Hope Alive.

André and Wilma have been married for over 45 years and have three children and four grandchildren.

Since 1992, André and Wilma Olivier have been the senior pastors of Rivers. They have grown the church from just 70 people into a church of thousands and are responsible for the vision, values and culture of the multi-campus church. They are passionately committed to building all their congregations into churches of blessing and significance. 

With over three decades of pastoral and leadership experience, André’s ministry is positively focussed, motivational and challenging. He is a certified life coach, and the author of several inspiring books and is frequently invited to speak internationally. André also has a unique and dynamic television programme called Life By Design, which is broadcast in a multitude of countries across Africa and Europe. His practical teaching provides simple keys for living an extraordinary life, finding a way to win and becoming a person of excellence. He shares on topics relevant to our nation and to people of all races, ages, genders and walks of life. André has a passion to add value to others out of the experience of his own journey. His personal mission statement is to preach and teach to inspire faith and breakthrough.

Wilma has a specific passion to build into women’s lives. She heads up a successful women’s ministry called Sisters, and hosts the annual Sisters of Africa Women’s Conference through which she aims to mentor, motivate and mobilise women to be all they can be for the cause of Christ. She is also the author of 3 books; Small Beginnings, Life as a Chocolate Cake and Keep Hope Alive.

André and Wilma have been married for over 45 years and have three children and four grandchildren.

Latest Resources from our senior pastors

Keeping Hope Alive

Ps André Olivier
Every single action we take, is taken in hope. Everything is done by hope. It is the constant expectation of good because of who God is, who we are in Him and what we have through Christ. Our hope is anchored to the person of Christ. Hope is an essential ingredient for sustaining our lives and forging ahead during tough times. We are being assailed every day with negative reports and devastating statistics but we’ve got to keep hope alive and have an expectation of good things in our future. This is not a time to give in to pessimism and hopelessness. This book will encourage you and inspire you to keep hope alive in your life, family, church and business in these very trying times. We must keep hope alive because hope will keep us alive!

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The Power Of Intentional Living

Ps André Olivier
Too many people are living life by accident, instead of by design. They allow life, circumstances, feelings, friends and even family to determine their course in life. We are not meant to be those who go with the tide and float downstream with the currents, but who navigate the turbulent waters of life’s currents and make our way to the place we know God wants us to go. Salmon do this each year as they return to the place where they were spawned and lay their eggs, securing the next generation. They swim against strong tides and swift currents risking being eaten by bears, to give birth to something greater. God has put something within them that drives them by instinct, but he has given human beings the freedom of choice to decide whether this is the direction we want to take or do we want a life of ease.

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Don't turn let God turn it

Ps André Olivier
Why is it that so many are on fire for God only later to turn away? What are the influences and factors that cause people to turn away and limit God’s plan to turn their circumstances around. God is a turn around God, but if we turn, He cannot turn it. Discover the key things God does turn around in our lives when we don’t allow our hearts to turn. This books will help you persevere under pressure and teach you to stay when you feel like running. If we don’t turn, then God can turn it, the simple and clear message of this book.

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small beginnings

Ps Wilma Olivier
This is a transparent account of an ordinary woman’s journey spanning over sixty years. Having come from a small worldview, with small expectations, Wilma has learnt to persevere and push through limitations. Her life lessons regarding family, business, spiritual renewal, ministry and the local church will help and inspire many readers to see that no one needs to live life in a small way.

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life by design

with Ps André Olivier

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