About Origin

Origin South Africa is an evangelistic ministry based in Cape Town, South Africa. We are dedicated to reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to promoting unity in the church through praise and worship events. Origin is a promoter and organiser of Christian events, and provides services to churches in Cape Town and beyond in worship events, praise events, outreach events and event consultancy. Christian events are what we know best, through the Origin Band, the Cape Town Gospel Choir, the Origin Praise Choir and the Origin Chamber Orchestra. Download the Origin brochure. Our parent organisation is Origin Scotland.

OUR PASSION is to see people reached with the love of Christ, and to see the church of Christ working together in unity for the sake of the Kingdom.
OUR VISION is to work together with churches to realise "common ground evangelism" to see lives changed and God glorified.

Origin's music collective is made up of a number of formal groups and several informal groups. We restructured the performance part of the ministry in 2010, leading to a variety of musical groups in which people can participate. We have performed in events around Cape Town. Our regular larger-scale events are held in the City Hall, a 1,200-seat concert hall on Grand Parade, though we have performed in schools, theatres and outdoors around the Mother City.

The Origin Band

The Origin Band comprises a standard band with occasional added instruments. We use them by themselves for smaller gigs and worship events and combined with one or more of the other groups for larger events.

The Cape Town Gospel Choir

The Cape Town Gospel Choir is our auditioned choir which is used for larger performance-style events. Admission to this brand new group, founded in 2010 is by invitation or audition. For more information, rehearsal times and how to apply for an audition, visit the The Cape Town Gospel Choir website. More...>> (new window)

The Origin Orchestra

The Origin Orchestra is used for large-scale praise and worship, as well as outreach events. This new group founded in 2010 is made up of musicians who have reached a high standard in their instrument, both amateur and professional. Admission is by invitation or audition, and the orchestra is an ad-hoc group, meeting as and when required.

Council of Reference

Frank Retief

Rt Rev Frank Retief

Frank Retief is a household name in South Africa, not just in Christian circles. Formerly the presiding bishop of the Church of England in South Africa and well known for his clear proclamation of the Gospel message.

John Brand

Rev John Brand

Formerly the European Director of AIM International (Africa Inland Mission), John Brand is a well-known preacher and Christian leader in the UK and in parts of Africa. He is currently principal of the Edinburgh Bible College.

Peter Grainger

Rev Peter Grainger

Pastor at large of Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh, Peter Grainger ministers to Charlotte Chapel's missionaries around the world, and heads a foundation aimed at developing the preaching skills of pastors and bible teachers - the 2Tim4 Trust.

Michael Ots

Michael Ots

Michael is an evangelist who travels throughout Europe, speaking at universities and explaining the truth and relevance of the Christian faith. He is passionate about helping students and others to share what they believe in a way which is both credible and respectful. His first book What Kind of God? was shortlisted for a national award and translated into Romanian, Serbian and Korean. Michael studied in Scotland, lives in England, and is married to Rebecca, an airline pilot.

Camp Kirkland

Camp Kirkland

Camp Kirkland is a world-leading arranger/producer/conductor from Nashville, TN, having been in the music industry for over 40 years. His thousands of arrangements and recordings are heard every week in almost any venue you can imagine from Carnegie Hall to many different houses of worship.

Basis of Faith

  • the Divine inspiration, authority, sufficiency and total inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures
  • the right and duty of private judgement in the interpretation of the Holy Scriptures
  • the unity of the Godhead and the Trinity of Persons therein
  • the total depravity of human nature in consequence of the Fall
  • the incarnation of the Son of God; His work of atonement for the sins of mankind and His mediatorial intercession and reign
  • the justification of the sinner by faith alone
  • regeneration and sanctification by the Holy Spirit
  • the immortality of the soul, the resurrection of the body, the judgement of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ with the eternal blessedness of the righteous and the eternal punishment of the wicked

Ministry Partners

Origin Scotland
Origin Scotland was founded in 1997 as a ministry of three city-centre churches, and has since developed into an independent ministry, hosting Christian events and providing services to the Church in Scotland.

Artists in Christian Testimony Intl
Artists in Christian Testimony Intl's ultimate objective is to see people around the world - as they come to Christ - worship God and express their faith in their own language and cultural style, while mobilising and training church and mission leaders to more effectively worship and communicate the Gospel through music and the arts. Origin Ministries USA was formed as a ministry department of A.C.T. Intl in 2012.