Short Bio

Pastor Rudolph has been working in different denominations and Church settings for the last 24 years, preaching, teaching, and planting Churches throughout South Africa. Because of the growing need in Africa God directed his focus towards Muslim Ministry and cult evangelism for the last 14 years. Pastor Rudolph has completed various accredited qualifications in Theology and Psychology. His Ministry focuses on equipping the Church to defend the faith and articulating foundational beliefs. It has three streams: Apologetics, Theology, and Christian Spirituality.

Pastor Rudolph has also been actively debating scholars in numerous moderated debates with various intellectuals throughout the world. He debated scholars like Dr. Shabir Ally (Canada), Advocate Yusuf Ismail, the late Moulana Abu Bakr Akhoo, Ustad Adnan Rashid (U.K), Dr. Shuaib Sayyed (India), Molana Ahmed Pandor and Sheikh Ibrahim Abdullah (Kenya), and so many more. Click here to watch. 

Pastor Rudolph had the opportunity to facilitate conversations with Dr. James White, Dr. Michael Brown, Dr. Michael Heiser, Dr. Craig Keener, John Gilchrist, Dr. Brian J Orr, Mark Hodgetts, Dr. R Douglas Geivette, Trevor Hudson, Dr. Tom Smith, Dr. Stephan Joubert, Dr. Jonathan McLatchie, Afrika Mhlope, Dr. Brant Bosserman, Dr. Tim Cantrell, Paul Nyamuda, Dr. Titus Kennedy, Dr. Ray Ciervo, Dr. Chris Tilling, Dr. Adam Harwood, Professor Keith Ward, and so many more for the South African Theological Seminary channel.

Pastor Rudolph also taught theology at Rhema Bible College in Randburg from 2014 and was the Dean until December 2022. He taught central subjects like Systematic Theology, World Religions, Islam, Church History, Eschatology, Christian Ethics, hermeneutics, and New Testament studies. Pastor Rudolph appeared on popular TV shows on various channels, discussing the tenets of cults and false interpretations of Christianity.

Pastor Rudolph has been married to the beautiful Candice Boshoff for the last 16 years, who is active in the Ministry with him. They have a beautiful baby boy called Jay and three dogs.

Click here to book Pastor Rudolph for events, debates, or retreats for your community.

Ad Lucem” means “to the Light” in Latin, and the phrase ‘post tenebras lux‘ (after darkness, light)

Core values

Being people of Truth and Love

In a post-modern era, people are lauded for creating their truth and even encouraged to “live their truth.” Reality seems to be indifferent, and common sense is not so common anymore. Different social media platforms and a fast collective of influential people tell us that what is true for you might not be true for me, and “that is ok.” We are called to accept the fact that “all religions are fundamentally different, but superficially the same.” Alister McGrath writes;

“It is utterly wrongheaded to say that something is “true for you but not for me.” For example, what if I think fascism is true, and you think liberal democracy is equally true? Should the fascist’s repression be tolerated by the believer in liberal democracy? If not, on what grounds? Why not permit Stalinism or Satanism or Nazism? Without criteria to determine truth, this relativism fails miserably.”

At Ad Lucem Ministries, we recognize that nobody makes their own rules, and everyone needs objective truths to live safely and consistently with others in this life. We also understand that truth without love can be harmful. Francis Shaeffer writes in his book, “The God Who Is There”, that “There is nothing more ugly than an orthodoxy without understanding or without compassion.[1]  Ministry endeavors to announce the fact that the highest object of truth is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He was filled with both “Grace and Truth” (John 1:14). John, the Beloved Disciple of Jesus, shows that for the Christian, truth stems from following the personification of truth, Jesus Christ (John 18:38). It is by his person (John 14:6) and His teaching (John 15:3) that we are sanctified (John 17:17) and liberated (John 8:32). The Holy Spirit leads God’s People in truth (John 16:13), and the essential call this Ministry has received is to align our lives to Christ’s revealed will (John 12:48-50).

Equipping the Church community

Our call will always involve all people! Frederick Buechner writes;

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Jesus calls out with great charity (Matt.11:28-30);

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Ad Lucem Ministries have been in Mosques, Churches, Schools, Old Age Homes, Bars, Government offices, and even prisons to share the announcement of Jesus’s Call to all people, “Come!”. We desire to see different communities trained in understanding the person and work of Jesus Christ and defending their faith to build up the local church. We also would like to help people grow to a place where they can recognize their calling in their ministries, and as a result, sow seeds that will benefit others. We accomplish these tasks through lectures, debates, retreats, dialogues, and prayer, in obedience to God’s call. We acknowledge that nothing will be done without the work of the person of the Holy Spirit. He equips His Church and orchestrates the gifts as “He wills” (1 Cor.12:11) so that the body of Jesus can be One (verse 12). 

A Ready Defense

Jesus makes it abundantly clear that after he leaves, there will be a great influx of false Christs and false teachers (Matt.24:10-13) Even Paul cautions the Church to be on their guard because many will try to enter the flock of Jesus Christ to bring false teachings (Acts 20:28-31). Ad Lucem Ministries is going into “all of the World” (Matt.28:19) as Jesus commanded, giving a reasonable defense for the truth we believe (1 Pet.3:15), preaching God’s word in season and out of season “correcting, rebuking and encouraging–with great patience and careful instruction” as Paul instructed Timothy (1 Tim.4:2). As a Ministry, we should not judge hypocritically (Matt7:4-5) but are taught to discern and weigh all matters of doctrine Biblically (Matt 7:1-6; 15-23, 19:28, 1 Tim 5:20, 1 Cor 14:29, 2 Tim 2:17-18;25, Heb 13:9, 2 Cor.11:14-15, 2 Tim 4:3, Gal 1:9, 1 Cor2:14-16, etc.). We strive to train the Church of Jesus to discern between that which is good and evil (Heb.5:14) to establish the faith they hold dearly (Heb.12:1-2).

In all things, unity

We understand that truth is important, and the Church is the pillar of God’s truth (1 Tim. 3:15). We also acknowledge that Churches have different opinions and interpretations of Biblical texts and practices. As the German Lutheran theologian named Rupertus Meldenius writes, we would want to say; In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” About these non-essentials, John Calvin wrote;

“For not all the articles of true doctrine are of the same sort. Some are so necessary to know that they should be certain and unquestioned by all men as the proper principles of religion. Such are: God is one; Christ is God and the Son of God; our salvation rests in God’s mercy; and the like. Among the churches, there are other articles of doctrine disputed which still do not break the unity of faith.”[7]

We value orthodoxy, but we shun any militancy that would not build the Church of Jesus Christ. We believe in accountability, but we also believe in relationships in truth and in love. Francis Chan writes in his book, “Until Unity”;

“We worship a God who desires unity with His children and between His children. He sent His Son to bring His children together under His care. No good father wants to see separation between his children. As a father of seven, it would crush me to see any of my children rejected and separated from the others. It would anger me to see any of my children being divisive. ”

Accountability Partners

Our Ministry has been blessed with leaders and partners who set out to guide, help, protect, and hold us accountable. Ministry and ministers include:

Dr. Hugh Goosen (SATS). 

Dr. Daniel Maritz (Ratio Christi SA)

Simon & Nel Brace (Ratio Christi SA)

Pastor Basil Panayi (Word & Life Boksburg)

Pastor John Grobler (Apologetics SA)

Pastor John Jerome (Word & Life Boksburg)

Udo Karsten (Antwoord Bedieninge)

Dr. Jonathan McLatchie (Apologetics Academy)

John Gilchrist (Christian Resource Ministries)

Pastor Mark Hodgetts (EDIFY)

Johan Stoltz (Ad Lucem Ministries)

Karnu Van Heerden (Ratio Christi SA)

Korede Olawoyin (Seasoned Apologist)

Samuel Green (Engaging with Islam)

The Reason for Accountability Partners

Ministry accountability partners are individuals or groups with whom people involved in religious or ministry work share their experiences, challenges, and goals. These accountability partners play a crucial role in providing support, guidance, and encouragement. Here are some reasons for having ministry accountability partners:

Spiritual Growth: Accountability partners can help individuals in ministry to grow spiritually by providing a safe space for discussing their faith journey, sharing their struggles, and seeking guidance on how to deepen their relationship with God.

Moral and Ethical Accountability: Those in ministry often face unique moral and ethical challenges. Accountability partners can help ensure that individuals maintain high moral and ethical standards, making it less likely for them to fall into temptation or unethical behavior.

Emotional Support: Ministry can be emotionally taxing. Having an accountability partner provides a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, and emotional support when dealing with the stress and emotional toll that ministry work can bring.

Encouragement and Motivation: Ministry accountability partners can offer motivation and encouragement when individuals feel discouraged or face setbacks in their work. They can remind each other of their mission and purpose.

Prayer Support: Prayer is an integral part of ministry. Accountability partners can pray for each other and with each other, which can be a source of strength and inspiration.

Conflict Resolution: When conflicts arise within the ministry or congregation, accountability partners can help mediate and provide guidance on how to navigate these situations in a healthy and constructive way.

Accountability for Goals: Ministry accountability partners can help individuals set and achieve specific ministry-related goals. They can hold each other accountable for progress and provide feedback to help ensure success.

Biblical Understanding: Accountability partners can engage in Bible study together, helping each other gain a deeper understanding of scripture and its application to their ministry.

Preventing Burnout: Ministry work can be demanding, and burnout is a real concern. Accountability partners can encourage individuals to take necessary breaks, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and seek help when they are feeling overwhelmed.

Maintaining Holiness: Individuals in ministry often strive to live a life of holiness and integrity. Accountability partners can help remind each other of these values and keep each other on the right path.

Feedback and Growth: Constructive feedback is essential for personal and ministry growth. Accountability partners can provide feedback and suggestions for improvement in a loving and supportive manner.

Crisis Support: In times of personal crisis or crisis within the ministry, accountability partners can be a source of comfort and practical assistance.

Having ministry accountability partners is a valuable practice for anyone involved in religious or ministry work. These partners provide a network of support, guidance, and encouragement, helping individuals to stay aligned with their spiritual and ethical values while also achieving their ministry goals.

Core beliefs

We believe…

the Bible is the divinely inspired, infallible, trustworthy, authoritative, sole, Word of God. It is the only sufficient authority in matters of belief, theology, and conduct.

One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Our Sufficient Lord Jesus Christ is truly man and truly God, manifest in the flesh. His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His physical and personal return in power and glory…

The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit…

The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ…

The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ…

The resurrection of the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

Giving an account and defending the faith once delivered for all (Jude 1:3).

Maintaining a determined Christian Witness (1 Peter 3:15-17) and preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations (Matt.28:19).

If you want to get involved or make any contribution to Ad Lucem Ministries, please feel free to contact us through any given channel of communication on this site.

Regards

Pastor Rudolph & Candice Boshoff