Pastor Paul Saul: a gift to the city

A man who works honestly and selflessly in pursuit of all that is good, truthful and wonderful, Pastor Saul believes in the adage that ingratitude is unpardonable.
Being a man of candour, he is never afraid to repudiate, at any cost, a general acceptance of the status quo. He is in essence, a diplomat and an advocate for dialogue, consensus, peace and reconciliation.
In February of 1976, after 11 years of tireless work in Tongaat, Pastor Saul succeeded Pastor C.K Timothy when he accepted the call to Pietermaritzburg to head the Patmos Temple Church in Mysore Road, Northdale. Here, he focused on the spiritual and numerical growth of the congregation.
The favour of God, a willing attitude and teachable nature allowed him to serve with great distinction as the General Secretary of the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM). He also served as the Treasurer of the then Natal Indian District Council after succeeding his father, the late B.M Saul, in 1974.
In 1982, Pastor Saul was assigned to the Hebron Christian Fellowship and has remained its committed servant to this day. Similar to his tryst in Tongaat, the church had humble beginnings as services were held in homes. Pastor Saul and the fellowship continued to desire and pray for their own place of worship. In 2003, after much sacrifice, prayer and hard work and together with the astute leadership of Pastor Saul, the fellowship moved into their own building in Balhambra Way.
Due to the deep-seated burden for the plight for the various communities, Pastor Saul inspired the formation of the community wing of the church, viz. the Hebron Community Centre, which enjoys a non-profit organisation status. In this respect, the church partners with many social and community intervention programmes and remains relevant to the needs of the community. Totally committed to achieving youth development in the various communities, Pastor Saul and the church initiated the successful Holiday Club programme at Allandale Primary School during the recent school holidays.
Due to the apostolic calling on his life, Pastor Saul has travelled throughout the country ministering and leading support through impartation of wisdom and guidance. He was also instrumental in evangelism in England and he also impacted a number of churches in Mauritius. In his endeavour to foster unity and a oneness within the church, Pastor Saul played a key role in the formation of the Team Ministries and Church in Action. He also serves as the Deputy Chairperson of the KZN Midlands Christian Council, a legal body which he is a founding member.
Pastor Saul also has a strong legal responsibility and holds a few government appointments. He was appointed as a Marriage Officer in 1976, 42 years ago and has married couples in their thousands. He has been a court assessor in the Magistrates Court for many years and

he also served as the Chairperson of the Court Assessors Forum. In 1997, the then Minister of Justice, the Late Dullah Omar, appointed Pastor Saul as Justice of the Peace, a position that enables him to interact with different sectors of the community whenever his services are required.
Pastor Saul has played an essential role in the social upliftment of the community. In addition to the many accolades he had received for his tireless commitment to the community at large, he was awarded the Social Responsibility Award in 2006. He served with great commitment as the Deputy Chairperson of the Mountain Rise Community Policing Forum for three consecutive terms (six years).
While there are those who give credence to the assertion that one has got to be sensitive to the sensitivity of others, Pastor Saul believes that one has to be sensitive to the needs and improved qualities of the lives of people. His strong leadership qualities and his ability to think out of the box endeared him to all sectors of the public domain. This was clearly evident by the success of the police forum during his tenure. He is popular with the forum as he is with his people.
Pastor Saul is a happy man, a good man and a great man. He is an absolute legend, a gift to the city.

  AUTHOR
Jay Rangiah

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