Rantoa Letšosa is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Theology of the NWU (Potchefstroom Campus). He holds a PhD in Practical Theology (Liturgics). He has been in involved in church work first as deacon at the age of 21 and later on went to study theology. This was after he worked for a year as security guard and meanwhile studied Computer Basic Programming with Intec College. He began his theological training at the then Hammanskraalse Theological Seminary and there he completed his BA degree. In 1994 he went to Unisa to do his BA Honors in Greek. In 1996 he came to Potchefstroom where he did his MA in Greek, as well his completing his theological studies in 1999.
In the year 2000 he was ordained as minister of the Reformed Churches Boskop and Tlokwe-Botshabela. He also had the mission to lead the ward of Kokosi to be an established congregation. After the establishment of this congregation he then served three congregations.
Whilst working as a minister of the word, already in 2001 May he also received a capacity building post in at the Faculty of the Theology. There was an agreement between the three congregations and the Faculty of Theology. He worked for 20% in these congregation and 80% at the Faculty and meanwhile also managed to complete his PhD in 2005 after which the Reformed Churches in South Africa called him as a professor in Practical Theology. He also became a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Theology during the same year. In 2008 he became an associate professor in Practical Theology.
In the year 2010 he became the first black vice rector of the Theological School Potchefstroom (TSP) and in 2011 the first black director of the School for Ecclesiastical Studies at the Faculty of the Theology. In 2012 he was again nominated to become vice rector of academic affairs for the TSP for a second term of three years. From 2013 he became director of the School of Minister’s Training at the Faculty of Theology. He serves on many other boards and professional bodies and is also involved in Church planting as well. He is also the chairperson of the Society for Practical Theology in South Africa.
Summary of research
Rantoa’s interest in is practical theology in the African context. He has already promoted more than 10 MA students and three PhD students. Some are still under and supervision and guidance. He also wrote a few articles, both popular and peer reviewed. His PhD was published and it has been prescribed for his students as well.
He is also involved in the following projects: Practical Theology with emphasis on the practical theological aspects in the context of Africa. Youth ministry, Practical Theological perspectives on Corruption
He received a prestigious grant of the Higher Education Management and Leadership for 2013