Michael Cassidy

Leadership Team of FOR SA

michael-cassidyMichael is a well-known and widely respected Christian leader both internationally and in South Africa.

He has had the incredible privilege of addressing a number of influential figures, including British parliamentarians and members of the House of Lords, European parliamentarians, members of the diplomatic corps and officials of the European Commission and NATO in Brussels, as well as 300 Irish and Northern Irish leaders. He has also met with President Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwean government ministers, leaders at the New Zealand Parliament House in Wellington and the Ugandan government in Kampala. Michael was named the Honorary Chairman of the global Lausanne Movement for world evangelism in 2012.

In South Africa, Michael is recognised and deeply respected for his reconciliation efforts particularly on Church and political levels. With regard to the Church, Michael has been instrumental in calling several major gatherings of church leaders over the years, dating back to 1973. Michael was also one of the leaders of the historic National Conference of Church Leaders at Rustenburg in 1990, and chaired a Consultation on Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Pietermaritzburg in 1993. In 2009, he spearheaded the National Initiative for the Reformation of South Africa, aimed at addressing the pressing challenges facing the country.

Overall, on a political level, Michael has been very involved in behind-the-scenes facilitation of initiatives, which have brought together a wide spectrum of political leadership in dialogue. In 2009, Michael received a Peacemaker Award from Christians for Peace in Africa. As the Founder of African Enterprise (AE), he has led numerous missions to cities throughout Africa, as well as in other parts of the world.

Recently, Michael has been involved with the Marriage Alliance of South Africa, an inter-denominational Christian concern seeking to keep marriage in South Africa heterosexual and monogamous.

Michael and his wife, Carol, live in Hilton near Pietermaritzburg.  They have two daughters and a son.

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