Angus Buchan is a Christian author and charismatic revival evangelist based in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. A farmer and Christian Evangelist, Buchan is subject of the award-winning big-screen movie Faith Like Potatoes.

Early Life
Born August 5, 1947 in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Angus, the son of white immigrants from Scotland, farmed maize and cattle in Zambia until 1976 when he moved to Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His wife, Jill, explained their decision to leave Zambia in a 2009 video: “We always agreed that when we had children we’d bring them up ourselves and not send them away. That’s actually why we left Zambia. We didn’t want to put them on a plane and send them far from home”.

In 1980, Angus Buchan and his wife Jill Buchan started Shalom Ministries to preach in his South African local community. Its main purpose later became to go out to preach around Africa. In time, he became a full-time evangelist and so handed over to his sons the day-to-day running of his farm business.

In 1998, he wrote a book about his life, Faith Like Potatoes, which was turned into a film in 2006, with the same title.

Angus Buchan’s Ordinary People was a 2012 semi-biographical film about the growth of his ministry since the 1970s and how three fictional characters who attend one of his conferences then have their lives changed.

Angus Buchan and his wife Jill Buchan
Angus Buchan and his wife Jill Buchan

Pastor Angus Buchan Has This To Say About His Life And Ministry

Jill and I found Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour on the 18th of February 1979, just two years after settling in Greytown, Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, South Africa, he said.  Originally from Zambia, we bought a piece of land on which we planned to farm crops and livestock.  We had very little to start with but even as brand new Christians, we were content with our farm, which we later called SHALOM.


In 1980, the Lord gave us a vision – very simply and clearly, through His Word, since then we haven’t turned back, and our Lord has remained faithful.

We believed our responsibility to be the following:

  1. The Great Commission – Mark 16:15
  2. Caring for Orphans and Widows – James 1:27
  3. Equipping Saints for the Work of Ministry  – Matthew 28:20

Everything undertaken at Shalom embraces this threefold vision and Shalom has become home to a community of families and believers who live and work as a team, Angus said.

In November 1989, the Buchans felt the Lord asking them to hire town halls and preach the Gospel, wherever He would lead.  In 1990, they held the first campaign in Ladysmith, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Angus says he remember the feeling of pure excitement and anxiety as I walked into the municipal office to hire the town hall.  Since then, we haven’t turned back, and our Lord has remained faithful.

What Pastor Angus Buchan Believes

Pastor Angus Buchan Believes the following:

  • The Bible to be the inspired, the infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • In the Eternal Triune God.
  • In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • That for the salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • In the creation, test and fall of man, as recorded in Genesis; his total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to divine righteousness apart from God.
  • In the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, very God and very Man.
  • In the Spiritual Unity of Believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

List Of Books And Publications By Evangelist Angus Buchan

  • Faith Like Potatoes: The story of a farmer who risked everything for God
  • The Booth (eBook): Finding quiet time in the presence of God. Christian Art Publishers.
  • Revival
  • The Seed Sower
  • Jesus… a Farmer… and Miracles
  • Is Jesus Enough?
  • Hard-Core Christianity
  • Passing the Baton
  • A Farmer’s Year: Daily truth to change your life
  • A Mustard Seed
  • Fathers and Sons
  • A People Saturated with God
  • Grassroots
  • Come of Age: The Road to Spiritual Maturity


  1. Good Day Angus (Sir),
    My name is Ray Horton and I saw you in Murfreesboro Friday night and brought my wife back Sunday AM at the last service. We live about 50 miles from Murfreesboro in Old Hickory Tenn. I got to hear you speak a few years ago in Murfreesboro, Always wonderful, “AMEN!!”
    Like yourself I have what Pastor Allen Jackson refers to as a “God Story”. I get to share with every-time I get the opportunity, whatever I might be, at the gas pumps, Walmart, etc.
    In just a couple of months I’ll be 62 years old. I spent almost 25 years working for the Whirlpool Corporation in Laverne Tn. (Close to Murfreesboro) the year 2008 they shut our plant down as many plants closed the doors. I was a trainer, group-leader, in fabrication and thought I’ll take what I know about these machines and go somewhere else and do better until I can retire in a few years. I was saved when I was a child, and as you say getting saved just not keep us out of the fire. So at 54 years of age I was out of a job. I was reading my Bible daily, all the things I thought I was supposed do. I went almost four years doing whatever to try to make ends meet. My wife and I could not go like before on vacations, there was no vacation time nor money for it. So we would catch a day or two and drive to the Smokey Mountains, Cades Cove and around. My wife is a city girl and I am from the country. You, Pastor Allen and I have horses in common. Anyway, we roamed around in the woods off the trails and took lots of pictures, my wife loves it. When I was at Whirlpool reading my Bible and sharing seems like it was just practice for the real test. When everything goes south and everything you do is going nowhere, I was there. I had been applying at Fed Ex freight which was told was a good place with what was looking for in employment. I was not hearing anything from them like everyone else, nothing! I told my wife as I pointed to a mountain across the pasture in Cades Cove. I need to go up the side of that mountain and get on my face before God and plead for help. I do not know what to do anymore, (in Tears) I am losing my Faith!!!! She told me I was too old to try that, but I told her I was going to do it with or without her blessing. (We have been married for 42 years, she knew I was serious!) So that afternoon I started up the side of the mountain with my Bible in my backpack. Almost to the top it started pouring down rain, straight down! I did not make it that afternoon. The next morning I did make it! I did everything I had planned on doing! I got on my face before God and pleaded for help, I think I am losing my Faith!!!! (In Tears again!) I do not know what else to do Jesus! Please, Please Help Me! {Whatever I said up there I always end my prayers in Jesus’ name! Looking back I felt that was something I needed to do even when I was coming back down the side of the mountain.
    We came home that afternoon, a Sunday afternoon. We/I spent the next week doing as I had before hoping, praying. The next Monday early morning about 6:35 AM the house phone rang. My wife said it is Fed EX Freight calling. I ran to the phone, answered it. The operations manager wanted me to be there as soon as possible for an interview, he said 30 minutes. I told him I could not drive it in 30 minutes, not possible, but I would be there as quickly I could drive it. I was on Fed EX’s payroll that day around 11:30 Am. I told him in the interview gray hair and all, “Let me learn your system and I will run Freight with anyone on this dock!” Everyone starts out part time basically to learn the system, I did as well. I am old school, I show up to work. My hire date was 9/11/2012, which is very easy to remember in this country. That was 7 years ago just the other day 9/11/2019. I have full time now for a while and as we say topped out and soon to be 62 years old. I am just an old dock worker working the midnight shift, but I know this is where God planted me.
    Just a few months ago I went up front at the Sunday AM service to ask Pastor Allen a question. Several weeks prior a young man I work with asked me if I had an extra Bible He could have and he explained to me what was going on in his life. I told him sure, but all the Bible’s I have all kinds of notes and marks in them, and they are the larger Bibles. I suggested just get you one, but that was part of the issue. He was pretty broke on money but he promised me he would do it. His shift changed, a little different hours and I did not see him for a week or so. I had been praying for him, and had him on my heart watching for him. When I saw him I asked him if he ever got him a Bible. He said he wanted a smaller Bible that would be easy to see and read. We talked about it and I told him I would get him one exactly what we talked about, small and easy to read, brand new and his Bible. I got it ASAP but again I was one a little different shift and I did not see him until about 2 weeks. I had it with me all the time and finally I went in much earlier to catch him. Keeping in mind he has never read any in the Bible before EVER! So that Sunday AM before the week I gave it to him, I went up front and asked Pastor Allen after briefly sharing my issue “Of what Book should he start reading in? I was feeling the Book of John would be a great starting point. Pastor Allen thought just a second and said, “One of the gospels, hum, the Gospel of John!” I thanked him and went my way, smiling on the inside. My buddy got the Bible and I told him everything that had happened into all that and told Him Pastor Allen prayed for him that day as well. He was shocked and in tears as he gave me a hug and left with his new bible. One of his biggest issued was money because he was part time at that time. It was just a couple weeks he went full time, more money and more time. He is in line for a supervisor’s job right now as well. See him every AM now. He still reading his Bible and got a special little table for it in his home. I told him today,”Check out Angus Buchan on you tube, his message will help you on your journey”. Oh, another gentleman I have become friends with at work has been battling cancer for a couple years now, along with other crazy life issues. He went through some really rough treatments over the past year and still trying to work. He shares with me a lot of stuff kind of personal. Maybe because I told him I would continually pray for his situation. He was really frustrated with his treatment options here in Nashville. I keep telling him “Don’t give up!” He was in the midst of planning and talking to the people in Atlanta at the cancer center there. They had done some testing on him a little while ago. They told him this last Tuesday he was cancer free! He is giving all the glory to God, even seems a little excited about life again.  He and I were telling all the people on our dock about it, about everyone knew he was sick. I even heard unbelievers say openly, “You know that was a God Thing!” He told me in private,” I was like the brother he never had in his life.” We are both about the same age and we have both been through it in life. I told him as we were leaving work just a few minutes ago. Get on “You Tube” and check out Angus Buchan, anything you see on Angus is really good. There is a lot of power in what Angus is telling people. When a million people show up at a pray gathering, even the sceptics and doubters have nothing to say when it started raining after about 3 or 4 years. Thank you “You” Angus for encouraging me, Thank you so much! Keep an eye on that Pastor Allen as well, He is a pretty cool kind pastor! Bet He knows the Rain maker too!

    God Bless You Angus,
    Thank you so much!
    Ray Horton

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