Albin Masarik serves as the head of the Department of Evangelical Theology and Christian Education at Matej Bel University.
When did you trust Christ?
I grew up in a Christian fam¬ily where I chose to be¬lieve in Christ at a young age. My parents made it clear what they believed and why. They read Scriptures to me and prayed with me. They were a very clear picture of integrity and I have enjoyed seeing them as an example of biblical faith in action.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
My parents were such a positive influence in my life. They not only protected me from difficult situations, but when some problem or issue did arise we all talked through it together as a family. This environment really protect¬ed me from having to confront anything completely on my own.
Perhaps the most stretching experience for my faith was when my father was dying. Because my dad was incoher¬ent for so long, I had to make many important life decisions not only for him, but for the entire family. This really gave me the picture of and experience of a true leader. The burden can be heavy, but Christ provides strength and encouragement.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The European Leadership Forum is a powerful ministry that has great ef¬fects on not only my ministry, but I am sure on many others as well. My school needs to know about and understand more international research and needs to form partner¬ships with other evangelical schools. The University of Matej Bel is one of the only Christian universities in the entire country of Slovakia and it often stands alone losing the gift of learning from and be¬ing spurred on by others. I am so thankful to those people that have contrib¬uted to my ministry and invested in me as a leader. There is great value in supporting each other and I will be offering my support in prayer and thanks to God for you as my brothers and sisters.
What is your ministry?
I am university teacher at a theological school. I teach in courses for Bc, Mgr and PhD students. I currently have two PhD students. From this position I was invited to the team for revision of the Ecumenical New Testament in the Slovak language. In cooperation with a Dutch institution I am organizing prepatory steps to start Clinical Pastoral Education in Slovakia, within a frame of international standards for this course work. In cooperation with a Polish group I organize the preparation of homiletic courses for lay people in Slovakia.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
As a teacher I can influence students and the next generation of Slovakians.