Dennis was born at Boksburg in South Africa on July 9th, 1933
As his father was a magistrate they were transferred every couple of years to cities and towns all over the Republic. As a result of this he went to 8 different schools and in the different provinces – each of which had a different syllabus – so he had a hard time with the continual readjustments. Still he managed and came through with flying colours. In one instance he had to learn and write an examination 2 new languages in the last 4 months of the school year! His father was transferred from Natal to the Northern Cape Province in July of that year – 1947. He excelled in Sport and particularly in tennis and athletics. He came third in the 100 yard race where 27 schools were competing at De Aar.
To cut a long story short, he started work as Clerk of the Criminal Court in Pietermaritzburg – started to study Law but did not like it. He then got a transfer to the Department of Agriculture (Soil Conservation) where was trained and spent a few years in the Transkei (south of Natal) helping farmers on the technical side of soil erosion, design of concrete weirs, earth dams, irrigation systems, surveying of contours, etc. Because the pay was not so great he went underground in the gold mines at Springs – did not like the dark after the open fields he joined SASOL (South African Coal Oil and Gas) as a draughtsman eventually becoming a senior section leader specializing in refinery piping He was then transferred to GASKOR to open up a technical office in Germiston to start the reticulation of gas to all the various factories. He worked for a few years on the UCOR (Uranium Enrichment Plant) project near Hartbeestpoort just outside of Pretoria. His final employment was with Bateman Engineering at Boksburg where he eventually retired as Senior Piping (Mechanical) Engineer, from Bateman Engineering after 20 years service, in 1993.
Dennis then went full time into the love of his life, art. He already had a teaching studio which operated at night. Dennis’ art experience stretches from 1944 to the present time. Dennis and his wife, Anna, emigrated to New Zealand in May 2009 and settled in Torbay on the North Shore just north of Auckland. He opened up an art teaching studio and now also, with his son Nolan, offer realtime streaming classes over the internet. He has been a fulltime professional artist since his retirement in 1993.
In the beginning of 1980 Dennis started up the CB Christian Corner bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ over the Citizen Band Radio. Soon after that a friend, John Horn, started helping him and up to the end of 1990 they both brought a daily gospel message to people all over South Africa, and when the skips were running, even to North America and the Guam area. During that period of time Dennis also studied part time at the Rosebank Bible College as well as the Baptist Theological College in Johannesburg. His main subjects were Homiletics, Exegesis, New Testament and OldTestament among others.
He is a member of the Crossroads Christian Congregation in Browns Bay, Northshore, Auckland, New Zealand.
Just recently (Sep 2014) Dennis came across some old photographs of his Broadcasting Studio he used in the 1980’s. He added these for interest’s sake.
In the corner is the Citizen Band Base Station he used to broadcast from. The 12V Battery Backup box can be seen on the floor in the corner.
The antenna cable can be seen going through the ceiling in the corner to the very high antenna attached to the chimney.
One night, during a very severe storm, the antenna pole came loose and crashed right through the tiled roof and ceiling – narrowly missing him and punched a hole in the carpet!
The large map on the wall is of Johannesburg and the surrounding areas. They needed this because of the many emergency call-outs, counseling sessions and hospital visits.
The typewriter is there because it was in the days before computers and Word Processors. (We have it very easy nowadays with all the fancy electronic gadgets!)
The bookshelf contained all Dennis’ important reference books.
The most important of all his books, the Authorized King James Version, can be seen open behind his Sermons notebook. That Bible was bought in June 1976 directly after Dennis accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour and Lord of his life. He still uses it to this very day.
22 “And see, now I go bound in the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there,
23 “Except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me there.
24 “But none of these things move me, nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”