Tribute to Reverend Mike Sunker

Mike was a Hindu convert. He came from very humble beginnings. He was converted whilst reading the Bible for himself and joined the Jehovah’s Witness. 4 years later he was convinced that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour and embraced justification by faith alone. He then joined CESA, studied at the Bible Institute and ordained in the early 80’s. He was sent to Newlands to work under the curacy of Rev.William Farr and later planted the church in Phoenix. 

Mike was a tireless church planter, missionary, evangelist in his own right and was passionate for the gospel. He took up a position in Christ Church Hillbrow after leaving Emmanuel Church Phoenix and did quite well albeit with the changing demographics. He was moved to start a soup kitchen. Our late Bishop Edwin Ngubane and Eric Sabela were converted under such a ministry. His passion, vision and drive  moved him to purchase a Hotel in Berea and CCCCC was established. Mike wanted to establish care centres in each of the province with KZN being his 3rd children’s project. Covid 19 and his health halted the project in KZN.

As a loving husband, a great dad, and a passionate gospel minister, Mike leaves behind his wife, Renu, and 3 sons Ajay, Ajith, and Satish with their respective spouses and children.

Faithfulness to Christ, the gospel and the denomination marked his character and he leaves a legacy of an ever expanding church through the conversion of so many people who are missionaries and pastors and good gospel workers.

6 Responses to Tribute to Reverend Mike Sunker

  1. Patricia Somiah April 26, 2021 at 10:45 am #

    Such beautiful memories of u Pastor Mike Sunker, a truly blessed man of God, ur passion for Christ, for children and not forgetting ur plants. U truly left a legacy of fond beautiful memories ur strive to see that the homeless was fed,clothed and sheltered ur smile will never be forgotten, REST WELL PASTOR MIKE SUNKER,

  2. Leonard Funachina April 26, 2021 at 10:52 am #

    I met Rev Mike Sunker at Christ Church Hillbrow 20 years ago. I was involved in some of the projects that Mike led in Hillbrow and in townships. Reaching out to people with the gospel, was and always have been an urgent matter for him. I will miss him, I praise God that he is now under his care blessed be the name of the Lord.

  3. Rev canon Peter lenaola April 26, 2021 at 11:49 am #

    Rest in peace man of God

  4. Christina R Stanton April 26, 2021 at 8:55 pm #

    Redeemer Presbyterian, NYC (Timothy Keller, founder) sent mission trips to the orphanage Mike founded for almost 10 years. As the 10-year director of the Missions ministry at Redeemer, I’ve been to orphanages all over the world and I can truly say this was the best-run orphanage I’ve ever encountered, and it was due to Mike. He ran a tight ship; he loved those kids and expected the best out of them. And he did it all on a shoestring budget. No bells and whistles here; He showed that the lack of money didn’t have to mean sub-par care. Mike loved the Lord with all his might. He was someone who utilized every. single. gift he possessed to give to others. In my 51 years, I’ve met only a handful of “Mikes” as I’ve passed through life. He was an absolute GIANT of the faith. And a total inspiration to me personally, as well as the dozens of Redeemerites who served on the mission trips to the 5Cs. I know he’s in heaven with God, who told him “Welcome home good and faithful servant.”

  5. Venerable Jerry Eziowoma May 12, 2021 at 6:32 pm #

    Rest in peace faithful servant of God, we pray that all your labour of love shall be remembered in heaven. Adieu.

  6. Justin Ganesh May 13, 2021 at 12:51 pm #

    Will really mis Pastor Mike, such an inspiration and role model. He was selfless, and always put the ministry before himself!

    Was always glad to see us come over to the Care Centre to help out, and always had new visions for helping more children.

    Will be missed dearly!

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