Ray McCauley, Rhema Bible Church, Johannesburg, South Africa
On returning to South Africa after Bible college, Ray McCauley started Rhema Bible Church in the home of his parents, Jimmy and Doreen, with 13 people attending. Membership grew and the church moved into a former cinema in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The church outstripped the cinema, then a warehouse, then finally moved to its current location in 1985 in Randburg, Johannesburg. The 5,000-seat auditorium was then upgraded to over 7,500 seats to accommodate the congregation that currently numbers 45,000 strong, the single largest church congregation in southern Africa. While Rhema Bible Church has continued to grow, more than 400 additional churches have been planted throughout South Africa.