Kurt was born in South Africa and grew up in Cape Town, obtaining a degree in Chemical Engineering and working for both Sasol and Sappi, before being recruited by an Augusta, GA based company in 1994. Kurt worked for Fulghum Fibres for 21 years and helped grow the company in the USA and international markets, before retiring at the end of 2014. He has now started up a new biomass platform company that specializes in the production of “green” energy.
Kurt and Roger Henderson shared a passion for missions and founded the Khayamandi Foundation a few years back, as a means to collect and channel funding for the various projects that they had been involved in – particularly in South Africa’s Knysna and Cape Town areas. As others have caught the vision and come on board, the foundation has grown in vision and scope, allowing for expanded and targeted projects – including sponsoring promising students to gain an education in an increasingly difficult environment.
Roger has been serving at the Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, GA for the past 21 years. He is currently the Global Missions Pastor and oversees all of the international trips taken by the church. He also served 8 years as a Trustee for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and focused much of his work in Sub Saharan Africa. Roger has also served on various boards dealing with Homelessness, Poverty and Humanitarian Aid.
Roger sees the Khayamandi Foundation as a practical way to effect change in the cycle of poverty found in much of Sub Saharan Africa.
Roger and his wife Margo have been married for the past 45 years. They have two grown daughters and 6 grandchildren.
“Coop” lives with his wife of 33 years, Tracy, in Richmond Virginia. His three boys and his daughter have all graduated from college and have left the nest. While Coop is the family representative on the Khayamandi Foundation Board, he and Tracy travel and serve together in South Africa and at home.
Coop is a retired mechanical and civil engineer practicing for over 30 years, primarily as a registered professional engineer in the areas of land development, municipal water and wastewater, and renewable energy development. While researching how he might give back and use his time in retirement, a close friend introduced him to the Khayamandi Foundation founder and current president Kurt Malzer. Coop accepted Kurt’s invitation to serve on a construction team to Knysna, South Africa in the role of project manager to plan and construct a Sunday school room at My Father’s House Baptist Church in the economically challenged “Township” area of Knysna. Tracy handled logistics, housing, meals, etc for the trip. God did awesome things on that trip that solidified amazing friendships within the team and with the people of Knysna. They were both hooked.
Since that trip in the fall of 2014 the Coopers have returned six additional times to Knysna for various mission opportunities. Their most recent stay in Knysna was for three months, during which time they tutored, mentored, built relationships in Town and in the Township, presented the gospel, taught carpentry at Hands and Heart (A YFC skills center), and trained new leadership for the “Girl’s Talk” program. Coop and Tracy have left a big part of their hearts in Knysna and now return annually for three months.
Chris lives in Augusta, GA with his wife and 2 children (boy/girl twins). Originally from Plantation, Florida, he graduated with bachelor and Master’s degree from Auburn University before attending Nova Southeastern University for medical school. He moved to Augusta for a family medicine residency at the Medical College of Georgia, and fell in love with the community and joined a private primary care practice, Evans Medical Group.
Chris and his family are active members of Warren Baptist Church. Through the church he went on his first mission trip to South Africa in 2006, and fell in love with the country.
Building long term relationships with the people in Knysna is what Chris loves the most about working with the Khayamandi Foundation. Chris has seen the transformation of this community over the years through the significant work Khayamandi does. He continues to recruit new people to join him on short term mission trips and fall in love with South Africa.
Ken and his wife Cathy have been married for 31 years and live in
Wilmington, NC. They have two grown children, a son and a daughter.
Ken is a forester and a financier. He spent most of his career at John
Hancock financing timber and forest products companies, where he met Kurt Malzer. Ken now works as a consultant and an educator at the intersection of the environment and finance, focused on sustainability and global economic development.
Ken’s first trip to Africa with the Khayamandi Foundation was in 2013.
Since then, he returned to Africa 5 times. He is passionate about spreading the word of Christ, and the journey of personal recovery. He is committed to demonstrating Christ’s love through helping impoverished people get better educated and equipped to prosper on their own.
Mark and his wife Allison live in Augusta, Georgia with their two daughters, Madeline and Emma.
In the summer of 2008, the Lord interrupted their lives and introduced them to Swaziland, Africa. They didn’t know what the future held at that time, but knew change was coming. In 2009 during their second short term trip to Swaziland, God confirmed that Mark and Allison were called to serve full time in Swaziland. In 2010 they moved their family 8,000 miles away to serve the orphaned and vulnerable kids of Swaziland. Thinking they would live there for the rest of their lives, they were surprised when the Lord called them back to the States 5 years later to serve the ministry of Swaziland at the home office of Adventures in Missions.
Mark now works with Warren Baptist Church as Global Missions Pastor. It was here that he was introduced to Khaymandi Foundation. “I realize there is a lot of alignment with their vision and ours. I am grateful to be a part of this team to help it move forward in ministry to those around the world,” says Mark.