Riding for the son: in a Christian motorcycle club

Astride their metal mounts, they hurtle down the highway on their way to a church service in the nearby township.

Heads turn and people look up from their phones as the CMA (Christian Motorcyclists Association) drives to a small bikerless church for interdenominational Sunday worship to help spread the word of God.

Motorcycle gangs and clubs are often associated with the hardcore, often banned motorcycle clubs such as the Hells Angels, Bandidos and Warlocks.

A CMA member and his friend pray during a weekly church service in Midrand, Johannesburg

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Members of the Midvaal branch of the CMA ride with other club cyclists from their church in Vereeniging to a congregational church in nearby Sebokeng, Johannesburg

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A pastor leads a prayer at the funeral service of legendary local biker ‘Crusty’ Barnes at CMA Church in Midrand

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A CMA member simply called ‘H’ displays his Christian rings and bracelet at the annual CMA South Africa National Rally

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In contrast, the CMA, founded in 1975 by the Arkansas Reverend Herb Shreve, aims to bring the word of God to the motorcycle communities they ride.

CMA South Africa was founded in 1980 and has more than 1,000 members in most cities and towns in the country. It is a multi-denominational, multi-racial ministry and uses “friendship evangelism” within the biker community to try to reach out to bikers who may need help and who can eventually give their lives to God and become members.

Members of the CMA Midvaal chapter listen to a sermon by a chapter member in their motor church in Vereeniging

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Three members of the CMA hug each other during the annual CMA rally

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Residents of the municipality watch as members of the Midvaal branch of the CMA drive from their church

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A CMA member straddles her motorcycle as she prepares to ride

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Part of their ministry also includes praying for safe riding, new motorcycles in the club, helping motorcycle deliverers and riders in the hospital, as well as traveling to motorcycle gatherings to provide support at their stands.

By bringing the Bible to the road and to other bikers, the CMA aims to bring the word of God to an often misunderstood and feared culture.

Newly patched CMA member, Pastor Doctor Danny Molapisi (left), raises his arms in prayer at his local community church in Sebokeng Municipality

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Pastor Mozzy Delpeche accompanies a rider in a bath as he baptizes her during a weekly service at the CMA Midvaal Chapter in Vereeniging

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People raise their hands when they pray

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CMA members say goodbye to a family as they begin their 700km drive home after their annual rally

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A member jumps to raise his hand during a church band performance at the annual CMA South Africa National Rally

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