After a career of 28 years in a formal structure I chose a new path and walked out into a new world.

As a coach, mediator, author, speaker I now work with a diversity of people and organisations, offering a portfolio of different services and projects. 

 I coach persons with wonderful potential and a beautiful story to live. 

I mediate between individuals to resolve conflict.

I empower people through research, writing, and public speaking. 

I am a coach, a researcher, an author, a mediator, a speaker and a project consultant.

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(I) Spent some time with Johan being in need of coaching and guidance. Besides being insightful, intuitive and intelligent, he hit home with his reference to the ‘hidden commitment’ – what had I committed to in my sub-conscious that defined how I would make the choice I needed to make. Light bulb moment people. I pushed through my fear and the road has widened. Nice work Johan. I wouldn’t hesitate for a minute to recommend Johan for coaching, mediation and change management work.

– Bernadine Symonds  

Business Owner  

Human Accent


Johan is an absolutely wonderful life coach and is skilled at making one feel completely at ease and heard. He has helped me to navigate a difficult time in my life and guided me through the process with a gentle and accepting spirit – I would highly recommend him!

– Sarah Osler  



I would highly recommend the coaching services of Johan Pieters. His vast experience, insight and ability to listen makes him an excellent coach to help get you to the place you need to be.

– Japie Krige  

General Manager  

Tshepo Community Development Initiative


Johan Pieters has a wealth of experience as counsellor and Minister which exceeds 25 years. Johan is self-confident, proactively helpful, smart, and I know he will continue to find success in coaching

– Richard Nyengera



It was a pleasure meeting you last week. Your wisdom. I am humbled.

– Winky Dladla 

Independent Coach 

About Johan Pieters

I am a registered COMENSA member, member of the South African Association of Mediators and registered as mediator on the Alternative Dispute Resolution register. Previously I have spent thirty (30) years as minister of the Fontainebleau Community Church, a higher-middle class suburban congregation in Randburg.


In both my coaching work and as minister I worked with professional people, partnering with them in an exciting and creative process to discover an inspiring future. And then the exciting process of being with them as they master the mental and executive skills to realise their imagined future.


I am experienced in dealing with the behaviour of people in one on one, group and virtual settings.


As coach I have successfully completed the training of Star Leadership. I also participated in the Advanced Coaching Programme.


I also have a PhD in theology, working on the borderline between theology and political economics (UKZN Pietermaritzburg, 2017). Studying to complete my PhD was a formative process, developing skills of analytical thinking, disciplined work to achieve a set goal and teamwork. As part of my study I interviewed executive leaders in the business community. It allowed me to develop insight in the values and thought processes of these leaders.


I completed the diploma in Group Process Consultation from the Centre of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, UNISA.


My experience as minister and coach, my qualifications and training and a keen interest in contemporary news and culture, worked together for me to develop a firm understanding of current affairs and how they shape us in our daily lives. These factors also shaped my next project to further my coaching practice with a focus a pro-active approach to tension and conflict, inspiring growth and success.


The foundation of my approach to life and executive coaching is the analytical approach of Carl Jung, complemented by the individual approach to personality of Alfred Adler.

As indicated above, I am developing my practice to coach coaching to individuals to move from tension and conflict to growth and success. When possible, this is done in the context of existing teams and groups, both in the personal and professional space. In addition to the work of Jung and Adler (his teleological approach), the conflict theory of Thomas and Kilmann forms the basis for my approach.

Coahing Relevant Training

Kilmann Diagnostics – Advanced Training in Conflict Management (2020)

Kilmann Diagnostics – Mastering the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (2020)

Star Leadership – My Coaching Journey (2019)

Star Leadership – Advanced Coaching Training (2019)

The Mediation Academy – Mediator in Family Law (2018)

UKZN, Pietermaritzburg – PhD in Theology (2017)

Centre for Industrial and Organisational Psychology – Certificate in Group Process Consultation, (2004)

What is in the name Oorsprong?

The name “OORSPRONG” is an Afrikaans word meaning “origin”.

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, humans are made in the image of God, who is complete and perfect love. In that tradition, God is also a perfect and complete community. The author of these stories speaks of God in the plural. Together human beings are also God’s representatives, mandated to care for the garden (creation).

The name reflects the idea that our journeys originate from this unique context – and continue to be influenced by the love, community and the mandate embedded therein. But due to various experiences and the normal development of attachment we have lost much of this context. We were created to belong and love, but we learned to respond to fear!

As life-coach it is my passion to journey with people back to where they can re-connect with this point of origin, and build a good story on this “oorsprong.”

I have deliberately, and against the advice of some friends and advisors opted for the Afrikaans version, as to reflect my origin as an Afrikaans-speaking person in South Africa.