What is KRUX?

Stellenbosch, a vibrant university town in the Western Cape of South Africa, is a place of extraordinary beauty; a confluence of intellect and imagination.  It is a place that sifts, weighs, and unmasks the crux of our beliefs.

KRUX Christian Study Center is a community of Christian formation tucked in the heart of Stellenbosch.  Launched by native South Africans JB and Corli Krohn in 2015, KRUX disciples young adults through theological education, mentoring, community, and a unique focus on the arts.


A unique focus on theological study, mentoring, community, and the arts.

Why Theological discipleship?

Each week, KRUX offers in-depth study of the Word, followed by lively discussion and robust engagement with the implications of a living theology in the real world.

One would expect this kind of theological discipleship to be a natural outflow of trusting in Christ and the coming of His Kingdom – the central act of God towards humanity.  In reality, discipleship frequently finds itself marginalised in the Christian enterprise; with theology mostly banished to the seminary classroom, divorced from everyday life.  The result is unschooled disciples and untested theologians.

In contrast, orthodox faith demands a Word-birthed and Word-centred spirituality generating and sustaining a Word-shaped community, yet well-versed in cultural literacy.

 “… theology is for doxology and devotion—that is, the praise of God and the practice of godliness. It should therefore be presented in a way that brings awareness of the divine presence. Theology is at its healthiest when it is consciously under the eye of God of whom it speaks, and when it is singing to his glory.” – James Packer

Why Mentoring?

Mentorship is intrinsic to the mission of KRUX.  It is within the context of relationship that we step into the fullness of our personhood and redemption in Christ.

Mentoring at KRUX offers an ongoing encounter in faith-friendship that enables personal transformation in a uniquely powerful way.  It is a constant and dynamic practice, including personal conversation, study and dialogue, counselling, seminars, and hospitality; responsive to each individual’s needs and challenges, and resting on a continual theological equipping.


“God does not want me to mould others into the image that seems good to me, that is, into my own image. Instead, in their freedom from me God made other people in God’s image. I can never know in advance how God’s image should appear in others. That image always takes on a completely new and unique form.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Why Community?

Christ the Hospitable One ate with ‘sinners’ and welcomed outsiders.  He always offers a place at the table in anticipation of the coming feast of the Kingdom of God.  We believe a deep theological grounding can only be truly achieved within the context of community.  At KRUX, a foundational stance of hospitality extends an invitation to enter into community though the ordinary.  An open home, meals shared, time given and conversation work together to create a space in which to wrestle and to be challenged, to be known, and to be rooted in the Faith.



“It will not be until the transforming power of God is demonstrated in each of us as a people gathered in Christ that true hospitality may begin to be shown; for hospitality is not simply what we do; nor is it a technique; hospitality is the gospel we embody. It is how we welcome ‘the other’ in our own body, personally and communally.” Clarke Scheibe, Canadian L’Abri

Why Culture & the Arts?

The Triune God acts continually in the transformation of culture.  As image-bearers, our imaginative enterprises are to yield to the purposes of the Spirit.

At KRUX, we support the pivotal role of the Chrisitan community in the renewal of culture, especially through the redeeming faculties of the imaginative and the creative.  The Arts has the means to clothe the human struggle with metaphor and lived experience, and beauty works an ‘alchemy in the soul’ (Hans Urs Von Balthasar), which rouses a desire to re-appropriate the good and the true.

The Artists’ Gathering, an annual highlight, connects artists of faith from across Southern Africa, and has brought several international speakers to our shores.  Our Artist-in-Residence provides further engagement with faith and the arts throughout the year.

“Art is a building block of civilization. A civilization that does not value its artistic expressions is a civilization that does not value itself.” Makoto Fujimura