The church of BEER is a ministry that encourages worshippers to have a drink, performs baptisms with ‘holy’ whisky and welcomes ‘drunkards’ proves popular in South Africa.
Putting his hand on a can of beer, Bishop Tsietsi Makiti blesses the beverage ahead of his weekly sermon in Evaton, South Africa.
He then settles behind a table where the centerpiece is a 4.5litre bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label and sips on a generous measure of whisky before he starts preaching before his congregation.
Bishop Makiti is the head of Gabola Church, a 500-strong denomination for ‘drinkers’ which holds its Sunday sermons in taverns across Johannesburg.
The congregation gathers in a different tavern in the Johannesburg area each Sunday.
Bishop Makiti begins his sermon at 11am with the church session often lasting until late in the afternoon.