About Us

Pumpkin Ministries is a team passionate about helping people heal from childhood trauma. We advocate for children across the globe who have experienced trauma, with a holistic approach to bring healing and restore true identity.

How we started

Mark and Louise the founders of Pumpkin Ministries have been happily married since January 1996 and live in gorgeous Cape Town. Their family has grown over the years with children, biological, fostered and adopted as well as fur babies Russel (Jack Russel) and Blu (Husky).

They started taking in children since 2008 and have seen many children reunited with biological families or placed into alternative foster care or adoptive families. All the children they have served have experienced trauma and needed special trauma informed parenting and care. This need to parent differently introduced them to being trained and equipped in Trauma Competency and Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) which embarked their journey to start a training facility called Pumpkin Ministries Trauma Training. This training brings awareness globally on how trauma affects every child and family.

Meet the team

Louise Wilkinson

Louise Wilkinson | Director

Affiliate Trainer For Trauma Free World in Ohio
Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner (TBRI) from The Karyn Purvis Institute at Texas Christian University
Louise has been a mother to many. Her passions include creativity, vacations at the sea, making things beautiful, festive family dinners and spending time with close friends.

Louise Wilkinson

Mark Isaac | Director

Trauma Competent Trained
Besides being a great businessman and husband, Mark has a passion for Formula 1 and anything Ferrari. He enjoys being active in the outdoors with his family and friends.

Louise Wilkinson

Johann Strauss | Director

‘All things numbers’ is something that makes Johann tick. Johann & Aletna love their large family and all the adventures that come with farm living.

Management Team

Louise Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson | Marketing Manager

Affiliate Trainer For Trauma Free World in Ohio
Mark is a true supporter of any sport, especially rugby and F1. He has a fun-loving attitude towards life and his wife and family are his passion. Mark Wilkinson is the Marketing Manager who assists with donations, sponsorship and the general marketing and management of Pumpkin Ministries.

Louise Wilkinson

Lu-Jane Isaac | Administrator

Trauma Competent Trained
Incredibly efficient and super cheerful is Lu-Jane. She is our administration wonder-woman with all we do at Pumpkin Ministries. She ensures that documentation is sent to SARS, our annual financials are submitted, and assists with marketing and communication. 

Trauma Free World

After advanced training, Mark and Louise became Affiliate Trainers of Trauma Free World and an Affiliate Training Hub here in South Africa. Pumpkin Ministries is a Trauma Free World Hub.

Trauma Free World is a Training movement birthed out of back2back Ministries in Ohio, USA. Trauma Free World focuses on creating training hubs all over the world. These selected hubs will train and equip trainers so they can go into their respective areas of influence within their own communities and train others in Trauma.


We provide training options for parents, NGOs, foster and adoption agencies, educators, church ministries, health care providers, government departments and more.

training options