Robert William Lombard (18 October 1895 – July 1972) was the first coloured Helper Apostle of the Old Apostolic Church of Africa and founder of the Non-White Old Apostolic Church, that was later renamed to the Reformed Old Apostolic Church.
As Helper-Apostle in the Old Apostolic Church of Africa
Lombard was ordained as Helper Apostle for the coloured and black congregations of the former Cape Province by the late Apostle William Campbell on 11 May 1958 in the Maitland Town Hall. Due to his health his responsibilities was taken over by Apstle G.F. Campbell in 1971. He with two Overseers (Neethling and Gamba) was removed from office and excommunicated in 1972 due to a leadership dispute with the Apostolate of the Old Apostolic Church concerning the church's policy on participation in political debate concerning Apartheid, and the interpretation of revelations that Lomard received.
The Reformed Old Apostolic Church
During his sickbed he received a revelation from Jesus Christ that he will be healed if he led his people to liberation. Lombard believed it was a sign that the Old Apostolic Church should take an active part in the fight against Apartheid under his leadership. This revelation or Lombard's interpretation was not accepted by the Apostolate of the Old Apostolic Church. In a confrontation between him and other Apostles, he was removed from office. An order of the court was issued, banning him from entering any of the church's properties.
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