On 10 January 2017, District Apostle J Kriel conducted his first divine service in the area of Pretoria.

Symbolically, the divine service was held in Pretoria Central congregation, which was also the first congregation established in Pretoria.
The District Apostle was accompanied by the Apostles Joubert and Mogane, along with Bishops Naude and Mdhluli. The Bible word for the service was taken out of 2 Corinthians 4:7, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” The congregants were urged to utilise their gifts for the benefit of God’s work.
After the divine service the members were happy to have the opportunity to greet the District Apostle.