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Festival Keynote: Dr Peter Hammond

Peter was born in Cape Town (in 1960) and brought up in Bulawayo (in what was then war-torn PH_-_IDRhodesia – now Zimbabwe). He was converted to Christ in 1977, worked in Scripture Union and Hospital Christian Fellowship, served in the South African Defence Force and studied at Baptist Theological College, Cape Town. He also earned a Doctorate in Missiology and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Divinity. Peter is married to Lenora, whose missionary parents Rev. Bill and Harriett Bathman have pioneered missionary work, mostly into Eastern Europe, for over 60 years. Peter and Lenora have been blessed with 4 children: Andrea, Daniela, Christopher and Calvin.

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter Hammond has pioneered missionary outreaches, including into the war zones of MozambiqueAngola and Sudan. Often travelling by off road motorbike, Peter has travelled hundreds of thousands of kilometres to deliver Bibles to persecuted Christians in Africa and Eastern Europe. In the course of his missionary activities, Peter has been ambushed, come under aerial and artillery bombardments, been stabbed, shot at, beaten by mobs, arrested and imprisoned. In some mission trips he has flown far behind enemy lines to the Nuba Mountains in central Sudan with tons of Bibles, books and relief aid. He has walked throughout the war devastated Nuba Mountains showing the Jesus film in Arabic, proclaiming the Gospel, training pastors and evading enemy patrols.

Rev. Peter Hammond is the Founder and Director of Frontline Fellowship, the Founder and Chairman of Africa Christian Action, the Director of the Christian Action Network and Chairman of The Reformation Society. He is the author of Faith Under Fire In Sudan,Holocaust In Rwanda, In the Killing Fields of MozambiqueThe Great Commission ManualThe Biblical Worldview Manual,Putting Feet To Your FaithThe Greatest Century of MissionsBiblical Principles For AfricaThe Discipleship Handbook,Slavery, Terrorism and Islam – The Historical Roots and Contemporary ThreatThe Greatest Century of Reformation , The Power of Prayer HandbookPractical DiscipleshipAnswering Skeptics and Victorious Christians – Who Changed the World.. He is the Editor of both Frontline Fellowship News and the Christian Action magazine. He is also a Contributing-Editor of JOY Magazine.

Peter has developed the Biblical Worldview Seminar and Great Commission Course to mobilise churches to comprehensively apply the Lordship of Christ to all areas of life.

Peter has a great love for history and for wildlife. He enjoys reading, particularly history and primary resource documents on the Reformation and missions.

Along with his family, Peter enjoys hiking and mountain climbing and he’s involved in various animal welfare groups. He has been involved in rescuing and caring for a wide variety of wild and domestic animals including penguins.

Since 1995 Peter hosts a weekly radio programme, Salt and Light, on Radio Tygerberg in Cape Town. In his desire to apply the Lordship of Christ to all areas of life, Peter has been actively involved in numerous social issues. Since 1991 he has been vigorously promoting the Pro-Life cause in South Africa, initiating and mobilising the annual Life ChainsSanctity Life Sunday and National Day of Repentance. He has mobilised numerous of marches to Parliament, including the Christian Voice marches in 1995 and 1996 which mobilised over 30 000 Christians in protest against the planned new secular state and its constitutional approval of abortion, pornography and other social evils. Peter has regularly been called upon to present submissions to various sub-committees at Parliament. He has co-authored, or contributed to, various books dealing with social issues in South Africa including: Fight For Life – A Pro-life Handbook for Southern AfricaMake a Difference – A Christian Action Handbook For Southern AfricaSouth Africa – Renaissance or Reformation?Finding Freedom From The Pornography Plague and The Pink Agenda – Sexual Revolution and the Ruin of the Family In South AfricaCharacter Assassins – Dealing with Ecclesiastical Tyrants and Terrorists andReforming Our Families.

These books and campaigns have lead to numerous opportunities to present Biblical principles through newspaper articles and on national radio and television programmes.

Peter has a strong commitment to Christian education, having helped to promote Christian education and home schooling in South Africa for over 20 years. He and his wife Lenora home school their four children and help provide Christian school textbooks through their Christian Liberty Books ministry. Through his Textbooks For Teachers programme Peter has been providing thousands of Christian school textbooks to community Christian schools in Zambia and Sudan. Peter has also helped sponsor Bible colleges and Christian schools in Zambia and Sudan. He is involved in mobilising support for Christians suffering in Zimbabwe, and in providing tons of relief aid for the victims of communism in Zimbabwe.

Peter is regularly involved in personal and literature evangelism in the streets and in the townships. Since he was converted 34 years ago, Peter has maintained a regular practice of going in to some of the busiest, poorest and most neglected areas to conduct mass literature distribution, film evangelism and personal one-on-one evangelism and discipleship. In squatter camps, shanty towns, inner city ghettos, in bus and train stations, in prisons, military bases and hospitals, he has continued to engage in evangelism and discipleship.

He is a missionary member of Livingstone Fellowship. He is also a minister of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and Chairman of The Reformation Society.