Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
Ramunas Jukna is a local church pastor and counselor.
When did you trust Christ?
I was 13 years old when I first heard the Gospel. I was at a movie theater and watched the “Jesus” movie. I was deeply touched. But it was not until three years after that that I met some evangelicals who invited me to follow Jesus. I did so on June 18, 1994.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
First was my decision to become a Christian in 1994. After that, I attended a Bible School from 1997-1998. In 1999 I married my wife, Vilma. She is my supporter and helper in daily life and ministry. In the spring of 2000 I became the leader of the youth group in my church. I became a pastor in 2004. After two years I began studying theology at Evangelical Bible Institute, which was very helpful for my ministry. In 2015, I was in the United States at Dallas Theological Seminary for three weeks for an intensive pastoral training. There, I was renewed and encouraged, and God opened up to me a bigger view of my mission and calling.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I need to learn more and need to be connected, updated and inspired in the ministry. I think that the Forum is the best place for that. I would like to invite more pastors, elders and leaders from our fellowship of churches to participate in the Forum because we need to be renewed.
What is your ministry?
I am serving in our local church as a pastor. I preach and teach the Word of God. I write articles for websites and the newspaper. I counsel people. I lead a home group for leaders. I preach in different churches in my country. I go on short-term mission trips to the Philippines with the charity organization Hope Centres, during which we work with street children and their parents.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have ministered in these roles: leader of a youth group, pastor of a local church, and as a youth pastor.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Evangelicals in my country are a small minority. We don’t have a lot of opportunities to learn theology, to receive training, or to connect with other leaders of evangelical movements and churches in Europe. I think that I need to update my biblical knowledge, to hear about the experiences of others, and to become connected to other leaders here in Europe.