Christian Ministry – Pastoring & Church Planting
Leaders of Christian Organizations
Andi Dina is a church planter from Tirana, Albania.
When did you trust Christ?
In 2002, I was studying economics at the University of Tirana when a friend gave me a New Testament. At the time I was living a worldly life, and coming from a Muslim family, I didn’t have any interest in faith and God. My grades and family relationships were falling apart. I had become and alcoholic, and I was about to leave everything to join an organized network of Albanian drug dealers in Germany. Christ got me with His grace and love in my darkest day. I read my first Bible verse ever, which was Romans 14:17: “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but peace, joy, and righteousness in the Holy Spirit.” This was exactly what I was trying to find by my eating and drinking—wasting my life. I prayed to the Lord to show Himself so I could believe and live for him. He heard my prayer and changed everything. Soon, I joined a local church, where my faith journey started. After 17 years I can testify to the redemption of Christ in my life. He saved my soul and gave me a beautiful family, and a vision to serve him all my life. He changed my destination from a criminal network to a church planting network!
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
I fell in love with the local church in Tirana from the first days of my salvation. After graduating, I started to work with the prison ministry and it was a beautiful experience. The next experience was with the Evangelical Alliance, where I worked for almost 4 years. I worked as project coordinator and loved to do work for the local churches. Next came a children’s ministry that included churches not only in Albania, but also in the Balkan countries. I worked for 4 years in the Balkans region, growing my love for the local churches. In 2015, we felt a deeper calling for church planting and strengthening.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The Forum is a great gift for me to learn more, to know new people, to feel encouraged as part of the larger family of Christ’s church in Europe, to receive mentoring, to obtain good theology, to exchange and receive new experiences, and to network and meet new possible partners.
What is your ministry?
I am leading a new organization called IGNIS Ministry. IGNIS Ministry exists to encourage, resource, and equip local churches and church plant initiatives in all spiritual and organizational matters, to accomplish their mission to be light and salt in the Albanian society. I also lead a new church in Tirana, Albania, named “Light Church.”
What are your past leadership roles?
I have been a chaplain at Prison Fellowship Albania, a project manager at EA of Albania, regional coordinator in the Balkans for One Hope Ministry, a church planting team leader in two church planting projects, a cheer leader for 15 years, and a church planter with Acts 29.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Because there is still a big need for theological training, ministry training, and opportunities to come and pray together—to learn from and help each other, especially where the need is bigger.