Pastor Ray McCauley, who heads the Rhema Bible Church, believes President Jacob Zuma will surprise South Africans.
"He will go down in history as the president who has made a difference; he will produce results with his different, new leadership style."
McCauley admits he did not always see Zuma as a presidential candidate: "I did have fears about his administration. Yes, no one has any guarantees - all of us are concerned about the future, the country is in a place where we either can make it one of the greatest, or it will break."
McCauley, who casts himself as "a pastor with a high profile", who addresses full houses at the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Sydney Opera House, believes Zuma chose him to be president of the National Interfaith Leaders Council (Nilc) because of his own leadership skills.
"I had no idea he (Zuma) would become the leader of the country. When he came to the church to attend the funeral of Feziwe Faith Radebe, the wife of former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe, in October 2008, that was the first time we had met. I invited him to come to the church. He came on March 15 and spoke about the ANC's roots in the Christian faith. People say he only came to get on a platform and make a political speech. But he did not have to do that. We had 7 500 people. The following week, the stadiums were full of supporters at rallies organised for him... He knew the ANC would get a 60 percent advantage in the election."