Johan Heystek was born in Coligny, a small town in the Northwest Province of South Africa in 1962. Coming from a musical family, it was obvious to all that from a very young age music flowed from the depth of his soul. His parents purchased the church piano and Johan started playing! At the age of seven Johan performed for the first time at a wedding, playing not only the wedding march, but improvising at the piano as the guests arrived. When he was ten years old, he played at a major Easter Church Conference and it was there that he committed his life to the Lord.
Johan attended “Die Kruin School of Arts” in Johannesburg, developing his talent and at age fifteen he wrote his first composition, “The Last Supper”. At age seventeen, Johan experienced God’s calling on his life for full time ministry. He started his own Gospel Group called ‘Con Fuoco’, ministering countrywide for ten years.
Johan studied Theology at “Rand Afrikaans University (RAU)” and graduated as an Ordained Minister of the Gospel from the “AFM Theological College”. He also obtained an honours degree in Education at RAU in 1986. After completing his honours degree, Johan did military training, which was compulsory in South Africa at the time. During this time he was Chaplin, as well as the Music Director for the “Dawid-sanggroep”. In 2003 he completed his Masters Degree in “Psycho Educational Programme Development” where he did research on how creative people experience leadership.
In 1989 he joined the Maranatha record company in a full-time position as music producer, arranger and composer. During this time he arranged and produced for Manuel Escorcio, Jan de Wet, Jubilatum Sangers, Katie Pennington, Cathy Schonken, Gerdi de Beer, Cor and Letitia Uys, Piet Smit, Wanda de Kock, Juanita Claassen, Sarina Briedenhahn, Lisbe Visser, Eleizon and others. Johan switched to freelancing in 1990 and in 1997 he opened a state-of-the-art recording studio called “Solo Recording Studio” in Midrand, Gauteng. Spirit Music, a recording company was "born" in 1998. During this time Johan also presented “Gospel Gossip” for CNW television.
Since 1993 Johan has fulfilled the position as Music Director / Leader at Randburg Gemeente, now called Mosaïek. Together with the Inspiring Arts Team he has produced, arranged, written and directed a number of their musical plays and is also responsible for leadership and team development in music. He has produced two “live” praise and worship CD’s for Mosaïek namely “Lewe Ten Volle” released in 1999 and “Net U Alleen” released in 2003. Johan completed a “live” praise and worship production for City Harvest Church in Singapore in 1994. This involved producing and arranging the production, as well as training the choir and musicians. He was subsequently invited back for another three productions. At the Willow Creek Conferences, the XI World Congress of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association held in Durban, the World Conference of the South African Bible Association in July 1998, the Kenneth Copeland Conference South Africa 2006 and the CfaN World Conference in South Africa in 2007, Johan Heystek acted as arranger, producer, music director, worshipleader and pianist during all the music sessions.
Johan teaches on various aspects of praise and worship at Bible Schools and Churches, both nationally and internationally. He especially lectures on the theme: "Music… a phenomena… a spiritual gift" He has won numerous awards including a Crescendo and some of the CD’s produced and arranged by him, have reached Gold Status, earning the album Octave and Lier awards (Similar to the USA’s “Dove Awards”). Johan was Musical Director for “Lier SA” in 2000 and 2001. Numerous of the CD’s that he has produced and arranged have also been nominated for and received a Lier award. Johan regularly sits on the panel of judges for various music competitions including Jubilate, Crescendo and Lier.
One of Johan's personal compositions, 'Here, Heilige Here" was the winner for the 2004 ATKV Lier Award. This is under the category "Best New Afrikaans Gospel Composition". The CD on which this song was released, "Net U Alleen", produced and arranged by Johan and performed by Mosaïek, won the Lier Award for 2004.
Johan has been the producer and arranger of more than 150 albums to date.