REVEREND David Nqaba Mkwayi of Zone 5 Meadowlands, Soweto, died last Saturday after a short illness.
His colleagues laud him as having been hardworking and dedicated.
"He was a pioneer for the ministry of young people in the Youth Alive Ministry, where he guided young people. Some of them are in government structures," said Reverend Teddy Boyi.
Mkwayi's wife Maggie said: "He was a caring husband and loved his children."
Mkwayi was a founder of the Bonisa Kganya Project, an organisation that networks, develops and raises funds for orphans and vulnerable children in partnership with schools in Soweto.
Mkwayi was born in Sophiatown in 1947. His family was forcibly moved to Soweto with thousands of others.
He studied theology at the Baptist Theological College and Unisa.
Mkwayi was known to many young people as Papa De or Oom De.
"His heart was with the youth and he always wanted to help them," said fellow pastor Tebogo Mulaudzi.
Mkwayi was first a pastor at Meadowlands Baptist Church and later moved to Orlando Baptist Church.
He was secretary of Sahac, an organisation for HIV-Aids and skill development in Soweto.
"When he joined the Rock of Salvation Baptist Church as an elder, he became a member of Churches Unite Against Crime, which combats crime, unemployment and poverty," Mulaudzi said.
Mkwayi is survived by his wife and three children.
He will be buried tomorrow. The service will be held at Rock of Salvation Baptist Church in Orlando West from 9am and the cortege will leave for Avalon Cemetery at noon.