Hatfield Leadership Academy was birthed out of Hatfield Training Centre, which was established in 1980. Our training programmes make more than 35 years of expertise available to our students. Through the years new courses have been added under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, ensuring that the call to ‘equip the saints’ is fulfilled in each generation. All training takes place in a multi-cultural environment which creates the diversity that is essential to understanding God, people and the world we live in. Learning from one another promotes healthier perspectives, justice and reconciliation.


In our experience personal formation and leadership skill development go hand in hand. A differentiating factor in what we offer is that we believe that leaders who have integrity, character and skill can lead people and organisations to real hope. We acknowledge that leaders function on various levels of expertise, and so we endeavour  to offer training that is context specific and meets the individual where they are on their growth curve.


We aim to develop highly skilled servant leaders who focus on adding value to both followers and organisations.


Neil Bester

Team Leader

  • BA Bible & Theology (Global School of Theology/Global University)

  • Diploma in Business Management (Damelin)

  • Master of Arts: Organizational Leadership (Regent University)

Neil’s early years were spent in a small mining town in the North West Province of South Africa and high school took him to Grey College in Bloemfontein. After completing mandatory military service, Neil pursued God’s clear call to ministry by preparing at Hatfield Training Centre, which has now become Hatfield Leadership Academy.

Neil has been serving in full-time ministry at Hatfield Christian Church (HCC) since 1994. His passion is the Church, and preparing people for what God has called them to do. He has held various leadership positions covering all aspects of church life and ministry: young people’s ministries, sound & media, conference logistics, management teams, as well as serving on the top strategic body of HCC. He helped launch a national training & development strategy for churches across South Africa and has consulted on training and discipleship internationally.

Neil is a grateful husband and proud father of a beautiful daughter.

Carin Mascini

HLA Administrator

  • BCom Human Resource Management (UNISA, 2006)

Carin has been involved in training at Hatfield Christian Church since 2000. 

She was part of the Year of Your Life Program for nine years - first as student, then volunteer leader and finally as the assistant coordinator with her husband, Creston.

Her passion is to see people live out their full potential and be equipped for the lives God has for them to live. 

Carin has been involved with the administration of HLA for 3 years. She loves combining her strong administrative ability with her passion for people.  

As the Administrator of the Hatfield Leadership Academy, Carin strives to offer excellent administrative support and to make people feel welcome and cared for – creating an ideal learning environment in which they can be equipped for ministry. 

Shaun Joynt

Lecturer/Academic Advisor

  • BA Bible & Theology (Global School of Theology/Global University)

  • MA in Ministerial Studies: Major - Leadership (Global School of Theology/Global University)

  • PhD in Practical Theology (University of Pretoria)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (North-West University, 2017-2019)

  • Research Associate (University of Pretoria & Free State University)

  • Postgraduate Supervisor (SATS)

Shaun is a Pretoria boy through-and-through, having been born and raised in South Africa’s famous Jacaranda city. He trained as a medic during his mandatory military service and thereafter responded to a pastoral call to equip God’s people for works of service by attending the Hatfield Training Centre. 


Shaun has been serving in full-time ministry at Hatfield Christian Church (HCC) since 2001 in a variety of roles such as webmaster, onlinepastor, congregational pastor, district pastor, lecturer, and currently as facilitator of the Care Hub, which provides counselling and courses. 


Shaun’s passions include theology, singing/song-writing, mentoring students, clergy wellness and ministerial preparation research as well as forgiveness research. In essence, he feels passionate about trying to make this world a better place as the Lord leads him. 


Shaun is married to Trudi and they have two adult children, Bradley and Genevieve. He considers them to be his true riches! 

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