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Celebrating 30 Years

History of World Mission Centre

The Founding (1989)

After pastoring for many years, Willie Crew wanted to create an organization that would come alongside churches and bring motivation, strategies, and training for missions. Thus, led by a call from the Lord, Willie and Lydia Crew founded World Mission Centre in South Africa in 1989.


The Beginning

  • WMC Starts in the lounge of the home of Willie and Lydia Crew in 289 Charless Str, Pretoria, South Africa

Dairy Mall

  • WMC moves to the Dairy Mall in the centre of the Taxi Rank


  • Staff at the Dairy Mall

The Old Mahem Hotel

  • The growing WMC moves its base to the old Mahem hotel




  • Staff at the Mahem hotel


  • The First Board of Directors

Developing Ministry Models

In the early years, World Mission Centre created several models of outreach, mercy ministry, and evangelism that were always focused on engaging churches and their members to reach their community with the gospel. They created projects like People Reaching People (partnering wealthier churches with underprivileged churches throughout South Africa), the Gospel Taxi Club (putting tapes of worship songs and gospel presentations in cabs), and the Linaka catamaran (transporting missionaries and resources to remote peoples on the coastline of Madagascar).



Transforming a City

World Mission Centre was founded on the belief that mobilized churches could transform their local communities and cities. To aid in this goal, WMC helped to host Jesus Marches through Pretoria, the Week of Bounty in which churches donated thousands of items to give to needy populations, and the Global Day of Prayer, which brought together hundreds of congregations to pray for their city.

City wide prayer meeting at Super Sport Park, Centurion

Tswane / Pretoria

Community Meeting

Praying for the city at Freedom Park, Pretoria

Week of Bounty

City Leaders Banquet