On the 30th day of April 1953 in an unobtrusive small village just across the Rhodesian Railway line west of Mochudi called Rasesa a boy child was born to Mr. Jacob Lere Rasesa and Mrs. Lydia Nniniko Rasesa whose destiny has been set and known to the Almighty God as it would unravel in the following:
The boy child was named by the parents after the Dutch Reformed church Priest Johannes Mentz.
The young man was taken to wetting his throat with ethanol like many youngsters of his time. He would complement it with nicotine and that made him a real ‘dude’. “I was a drunkard,” Reverend Johannes Kgwarapi admits. Mmegi News Paper 2008
Johannes Mentz Kgwarapi was lured to the stadium by the posters for the crusade of Christ for All Nations which had literally covered every corner of the little town of Gaborone. Curiosity got him into the hands of God when all of a sudden a German Preacher out of nowhere called him by his first name from the multitudes and told him what God had in store for him! Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke told Johannes Kgwarapi that God has called him and he will be going to Germany for training in order to get into Ministry.
Pastor Johannes Mentz Kgwarapi was on the 24th March 1977 married to Goratwang Nkhathi Mosekiemang of Rasesa.
They are blessed with three Boys namely William Reinhard Kgwarapi named after Reinhard Bonnke and William Scheffers, Kabelo Steven Kgwarapi and Bonnke Kgwarapi named after Reinhard Bonnke.
Pastor Kgwarapi was enlisted into the ministry officially on 11th day of January of the year of our Lord 1977 having had to cut short his Ministerial Diploma by a year in order to alleviate the shortage of Pastors in the church which was undergoing restructuring and revival in those years.
Pastors J.M Kgwarapi commenced work at his duty station on 1st December 1976 in Francistown at a monthly salary of P90.00.
Pastor Johannes Mentz Kgwarapi has for a period of thirty four (34) uninterrupted years served the Church as a Pastor in two Assemblies Francistown and Gaborone since 1977 to date.
Being a Pastor one is tasked with shepherding and to provide both spiritual and temporal guidance to a local assembly, presides over the Assembly Board of Elders.
Pastor Kgwarapi has served as the President of The Apostolic Faith Mission In Botswana from 1988 after the demise of the late Pastor William Simon Scheffers to date.
As a President, he presides over the Workers’ Council of the Church which is the policy and law making organ of the church, presides over The Executive Council which is the supreme body of the church and also the Presiding Officer of the AFM Pension Fund. He also functions as a Spiritual Father and Guide of the Church though not as pronounced as under Episcopal Governance.
Over and above his service in the church Pastor Johannes Kgwarapi has also rendered his services under various committees of the society like being a Member of Men—Sector and AIDS Committee,
Former Secretary of Ministers’ Fraternal, and he served also as National organizer Amsterdam 2000 for Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Dr/Rev Johannes Metz Kgwarapi was on the 26th June 2008 appointed by the state president His Excellency Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama to join the Joint Advisory Committee of Ntlo ya Dikgosi (House of Chiefs) to lead a national consultative meetings countrywide.
From 1993 to 2006 Pastor Dr Kgwarapi was the President of The Evangelical Fellowship of Botswana. Dr J.M Kgwarapi has been an Executive Member of Botswana Bible Society. He served as a Chairman of the Board of Directors of Botswana Bible Training Institute. He also served as a National Executive Board Member of Botswana Red Cross Society.
World Teacher—Walk Thru The Bible
In the year 1976 Brother Johannes Mentz Kgwarapi enrolled for a two year Diploma In Ministry with Apostolic Bible College started by Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. He spent one year at the school and returned home to enter into ministry and had to do his final year through distance learning.
He went for Leadership training in 1989 with Haggai Institute in Singapore. In 2002 through 2003 he advanced his educational drive by enrolling for a Bachelor of Theological Studies with Vision International University hosted by Living Waters Bible College which is an Educational Institute of The Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe.
Pastor J.M Kgwarapi was for the visible Leadership he was performing for the Church in Botswana, noticed and honoured with a Doctor of Divinity by Living Waters Bible College and Seminary the 29th day of August 2004.