After leaving Port Shepstone High School, he farmed for a short period of time before he embarked on a term of service in the SA Defense Force. It was during the latter part of this, in 1981, that he attended a Reinhardt Bonnke church service, and had a dramatic encounter with God that would change his life completely.
The following year Julius attended Bible School in Durban. Here he discovered his evangelistic heart, while working with the street people in Point Road, Durban. This is also where he first discovered the potential power of music as a tool for ministry. Soon afterwards, he joined a team, who established a hotel for Christians in the Drakensberg. This is where he met his wife, Theresa, they were married in 1984.
Shortly after getting married they moved to Rayton, where Julius started an Estate Agency and progressed to successfully manage three branches. During this time he was asked to lead the praise and worship in the local church they were attending, which proved to be instrumental in changing his life’s direction.
Julius soon felt the call of the Lord to full time ministry, he obediently closed his business and followed his heart. It was a major step of faith as he was forced to trust God for his family’s most basic needs. But the Lord was faithful. Today, many years of hard work later, he has many heart-rending testimonies to tell.
It was during this time that Julius was convinced that the songs God was giving him during worship were not just simply songs but keys that would open doors into a deeper and more intimate relationship with the Lord through His Holy Spirit.
Julius and Theresa have three children : Shane (born 25 July 1986) ; Matthew (born 16 January 1989) and Megan (born 28 June 1995). The family currently live in Kroonstad after having relocated from Pretoria in 2001 as a result of being prompted by the Lord to do so.
All Julius’ children passionately serve the Lord for which he is extremely grateful since there are so many influences upon our young people today.
The family are members of the Kroonstad Cell Church , which is affiliated with the Hatfield Christian Church in Pretoria , Julius strongly believes in being part of a body who can cover you in ministry.
Julius now spends up to ninety percent of his ministry time in churches of all denominations or church events such as camps and retreats. He is also involved in serving beyond the borders of South Africa in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia, as well as internationally when time so allows, although Julius’ heart is for Southern Africa / Africa.
Julius is an evangelist at heart , who ministers through his music and particularly through intimate worship from a heart that is hungry for God’s presence in every moment of every day. Julius’ heart is not to merely sing a song , perform or to entertain , his driving force is to see people truly meet with their Saviour and come to know Jesus Christ in a more personal and intimate way .
As Julius seeks intimacy in worship, his worship can best be described as “free flow” or “new worship”. The songs in each ministry will often never be repeated again , they are brand new songs prompted by the passion in his heart for the Lord . He and his musicians just follow as the Spirit of God leads. Through this intimate worship, people forget about him as they experience the worship and presence of God as never before. This is his whole aim, to get his audience to enter into that same flow of worship – to experience the presence of God through his music ,to take time to sit at His feet and receive His unconditional love and acceptance . Lives must change in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ otherwise all is done in vain.
It is not easy to classify Julius’ music style, apart from saying it is uniquely his own. It is a comfortable mix of rock, blues and ballads . . . but ultimately – it is pure worship.