transformational community

Meeting a need in the church

Our Approach

Holistic Development, Community Centric, Partnership-Focused, Shared Influence

OUR Core values

What we value most governs how we live.

Our Rule of Life

The way we live and work together for the glory of God.

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Why the Name “East Mountain”?

Throughout the scriptures, the “mountain” symbolizes a sacred space where God invites His people to be with Him. In that space, away from the busyness and noise of the world, God's people find perspective, purpose, vision, and rest. East Mountain is a community where leaders can meet with God and find perspective, vision and rest before being sent back out to join God in His work.

The “East” in our name honors the reality that our faith began in a non-Western culture and the vast majority of Christians today live in the non-Western world. We look beyond the Western context for biblical examples of robust Christian life, community, and ministry, realizing that missions are no longer “from the West to the rest, but from everywhere to everywhere."

WHy we exist

By the year 2050, one in every three believers will be African.  The rapidly expanding African church has a desperate need for well-equipped leaders who are deeply connected to Christ, and who can connect deeply with others. 

East Mountain exists to disciple Christian leaders for global missional service.  We long to see men and women, transformed by the Gospel and living in authentic relationships, who inspire their churches and organizations to join God in His work across the continent.    

Meet the East Mountain Staff

Mark & Marcie, together with their sons Dylan and Caleb, have been part of the EM community since 2013. Mark serves as the director and brings 30 years of experience in ministry and Spiritual Formation.   Marcie's authentic, fun-loving spirit adds a sense of play and adventure to EM's activities as she leads and mentors.  

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Mark & Marcie Harris

Abbey helps coordinate the Residency, focusing on spiritual formation, theology, and mentoring. As a former resident, Servaas remains involved in community life while working full-time as a marketer. Servaas and Abbey love engaging in conversations around theology and culture.

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Abbey & Servaas Hofmeyr

Lindsay is a California native who came to EM South Africa in 2018 as a resident with the goal of receiving long-term exposure and experience in overseas ministry. She is currently serving on the East Mountain communication team, Servant Team, and RESCO team. She was married to her South African husband Haydon in 2021.

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Lindsay Shifflett

Before serving with East Mountain Caleb and Marisa lived in Atlanta, GA, where Caleb taught third grade and Marisa worked for a communications agency. Caleb grew up in Dakar, Senegal and Marisa in Tokyo, Japan. They will serve as house parents in addition to their involvement with other ministry activities.

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Caleb & Marisa Duttweiler

Ronn & Aladrian are a powerhouse couple that bring highly skilled professional experiences in couseling and leadership development and a positive, faith-filled attitude that shapes the East Mountain ethos.

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Ronn & Aladrian Elmore


Denver is a local South African from Franschoek. He completed summit in 2015 and the Residency in 2016 - 2017. Denver relocated to Port Elizabeth starting an EM community, serving 5 churches and 5 youth groups. Denver is completing a degree in Psychology. Denver is also a professional mixed martial arts fighter. Denver is using his fighting platform to reach people with the Gospel.

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Denver Isaacs


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Dave & Sue Rousseau

Josh has been serving in missions since 2006 and Kari since 2010. Serving separately, as teachers at Dakar Academy in Senegal, they met and fell in love and the rest, as they say, is history. Once married, Josh and Kari served together in Senegal for 8 years until 2019. They have 3 children: twins Nolan and Quin, and Mia. Josh and Kari joined the EM team in South Africa in Jan 2022.

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Josh & Kari McIntosh


Discipling christian leaders in community

East Mountain is a transformational community that exists to disciple Christian leaders for global missional service.

We have a dream to see leaders, transformed by the Gospel and living in authentic relationships, who inspire their churches and organizations to join with God in His work across Africa.  

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East Mountain

Everything we do is in the context of authentic relationship.  That is where we are most transformed by the GOspel and where we are most inspired to Join God in His work.  


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