Ivan has served as a minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MSCA) since 1977. He holds the distinction of being the youngest Superintendent Minister and Bishop in the MCSA. He has served as chairperson of many civic and ecumenical organizations, amongst others, The South African Church Leaders Forum, Southern Africa – United States Centre for Leadership and Public Values, Civil Society Forum and South African National Religious Leaders Forum. He also served on the Executive Committees of The South African Council of Churches, The Namibian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.
From 2003-2012, Bishop Abrahams served as Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern. During his tenure he provided prophetic leadership which ushered in a new era of the church’s collaboration with national and international non-governmental agencies in the fight against HIV/AIDS and poverty. His capstone achievement was the formation and successful completion of the multimillion rand legacy project, the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary.
Ivan has served the WMC in various capacities since 1986. He is a graduate of Rhodes University, The University of Cape Town, The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Pacific School of Religion. He is married to Esme and they have three children and three grandchildren.