Pastor Phil and Tanya Smythe were called into full-time ministry in 1994 while living in Estcourt, KwaZulu – Natal. Along with their 2 children, Leanne and Joel, they honoured a call to Heidelberg, Western Cape, South Africa. In December of 2003, Pastor Phil and Tanya Smythe started a church in a restaurant next to the N2 and in 2005, land was purchased and Langeberg Christian Fellowship was birthed.

    In 2006, with only 12 learners, Heidelberg Christian School opened its doors for the first time.

    In 2007, Charis Bible College, a ministry of Andrew Wommack Ministries opened their doors on the premises to Bible College students across the world.

    During the period from 2012 to 2017, Pastor Phil and Tanya were involved with missionary work in Montenegro, Eastern Europe.