Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting
Politics and Society
Pavel Trifu is the Chaplain of Diaconia Medical Center and a church elder, pastoral counselor, and youth leader.
When did you trust Christ?
On August 12, 2005, I became a follower of Jesus. After a month of fasting and prayer, I took a long walk on the Independence Boulevard in the town where I grew up and God convicted me of my sin. I realized that I desperately needed Jesus to save me. A couple of months later I was baptized and began to serve my Lord in the local church of Braila, Romania.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
The first important moment of my walk with Christ was when my faith was tested in 2005 when I moved to Spain to work, far away from my family, friends, and church. Even though I immediately become a member in a local church of Berga, where I was working, my faith was tested through the circumstances of life. The church I attended in Berga was very legalistic. After two years there I decided to move to a Spanish evangelical church in the same city. When I returned to Romania I attended and graduated from the two-year Bible College in Galați, where I also met my wife. After that I was hired as Chaplain of Diaconia Medical Center in Braila, and I attended and graduated from the Reformed Baptist Bible College in Braila. At that same time, I was blessed to be trained for two years by the Romanian Christian Counselors Association.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I hope to be encouraged by the large number of European church leaders, to connect with some of them and to understand more how we, as the Romanian church movement, are part of the larger European evangelical family. I hope to get involved with the Christian counseling movement and to understand how I can become a better youth worker.
What is your ministry?
On the one hand, I am serving as the Chaplain of Diaconia Medical Center in Braila. I am working with the vulnerable people with spiritual and emotional needs. At Diaconia I am doing evangelism, Bible studies, and counseling. On the other hand, I am active in my local church as one of the elders, leading the youth department, pastoring the small groups, and pastoring the youth leaders and the youth group by counseling. I am involved in evangelism events and one-on-one discipleship.
What are your past leadership roles?
Between 2009-2012, I was involved as the youth leader of the Golgotha Pentecostal Church in Braila. In 2012, when I start attending the Emanuel Christian Church in Galati, I started to work as one of the youth leaders. In 2014, I was invited to be part of the Board of Elders of the church. For a year, between 2016-2017, I was leading the Village Pentecostal Church of Smardan in the county of Galati.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I am a learner and I want to understand how my ministry can have a greater impact. I want to continue learning and am currently studying for my master’s degree. I believe education is one way we can have a significant impact on the culture.