Daniela Vasiliu|| forum funded ::

Daniela Vasiliu|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania
Occupation:
Education—University
Forum Network:
Academic
Ministry Focus:
University Students
Daniela Vasiliu is a lecturer at University Al.I. Cuza in Iasi.
When did you trust Christ?
I became a Christian in 1989 through the personal testimony of a friend and after reading “Mere Christianity” by C. S. Lewis.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
After becoming a Christian I discovered John Piper’s and Ravi Zacharias’ books while attending a summer
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
Being at the Forum is so helpful for me because I am now better prepared for the task of being a witness of the Lord in the academic context. The messages at the Forum on suffering have been very helpful for me in order to understand my call and to become ready to accept all the suffering that is necessary in fulfilling my call. I also enjoy connecting with other academics and learning about all the resources that are available for our ministry.
What is your ministry?
I am the executive director of Agora Christi Foundation. Our foundation is developing an apologetics ministry through literature and the arts in the universities of Romania. I am in the process of founding the C. S. Lewis and Kindred Spirits Society in Iasi, Romania. I teach in the Philosophy faculty of the Al. I. Cuza University in Iasi. I am a board member of the George MacDonald Society in England.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have taught and led various discipleship groups. I have organized several C. S. Lewis symposiums in various universities in Romania.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I serve in a part of Romania that has received very little investment. I am a university lecturer, so I am involved in helping students and young leaders to grow to maturity.
Mihaela Vieriu|| unknown ::

Mihaela Vieriu|| unknown ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Other

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Counseling

Mihaela Vieriu is a Christian counselor with the Romanian Christian Counsellor’s Association.

When did you trust Christ?

I decided to trust and follow Jesus at the age of 18 while still attending college. I am very blessed to have been born in a Christian family.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I attended a women’s conference in 2008 and the main speaker was author Linda Dillow, which had a big influence on me, as I felt a strong call to become involved in women’s ministry. In 2012 I was invited to attend the disciple-making courses of Priscilla School organized by Bible Education by Extension Romania and, in 2013, some counseling courses organized by the Association of Christian Counselors. I grew spiritually by taking these courses. I really want to improve my counseling skills, as there is a real need for counseling in the local churches in Romania.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Forum has already helped me a lot. I would like to return because I need to continue developing my skills as a counselor. I need to know how to become a better counselor and how to overcome my fears as a beginner counselor. I need to learn from the experience of professionals. The Forum’s Counselors Network leaders always bring in memorable case studies and I am also allowed to bring in one difficult case study on which I am working.

What is your ministry?

I currently lead a group of Christian women from different churches in my town. For three years we have been studying Christian books like “Breaking Free” by Beth Moore and “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp. This year we organized the 3rd annual women’s conference in March on Women’s Day. I am also a Christian counselor and work for the Romanian Christian Counsellor’s Association.

What are your past leadership roles?

My leadership role was and still is to work with Christian women. I am very happy that non-Christian women have attended our group activities this year as well.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The main reason for which people may want to invest in me is that they know Romania has a real need for counseling! Although there is little activity in the field of counseling, it is mostly due to a lack of trained people to do it. There is so much to be done in the local churches and there are many who do not offer counseling at all. I strongly believe people will understand the urgency of training passionate people to do God’s work.

Lidija Usurel|| forum funded ::

Lidija Usurel|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Education—Childhood and Adolescent

Forum Network:
Media Communicators

Ministry Focus:
Counseling

Lidija Usurel is the Assistant Coordinator of the Education Department for the Estera Foundation and a PhD student.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised by devoted Christian parents. At the age of 14, I understood that I needed a personal Savior, so I committed my life to Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I was a high school student when I started to understand God’s calling in my life. In a deep desire to help people, I felt prompted to study psychology in Novi Sad, Serbia, but soon I realized this knowledge requires theological underpinnings in order to efficiently and holistically deal with people’s needs. That was when I became involved in a prayer group, through which I met a couple of missionaries. Those missionaries directed and supported the course of my development in theology, first in Timisoara, Romania, and then in Osijek, Croatia. There were theologians, faculty professors, and prayer warriors without whom my endeavors towards becoming who I am today wouldn’t have happened.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I am currently a PhD student and would love to learn more about issues that are of great interest to other doctoral students throughout Europe through the Forum’s Academic Network.

What is your ministry?

The primary goal of my current ministry in the Education Department of the Estera Foundation is to help young people maintain their physical, psychological, and spiritual personal hygiene by: providing information regarding the complexity of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual changes that occur in adolescence; offering them the skills for developing healthy relationships; empowering them for making good decisions; and assisting and counseling them in their struggles. My interest is also in developing a holistic, theologically-grounded, psychologically-attested, and contextually relevant approach to counseling.

What are your past leadership roles?

From 2002-2005, I was a Sunday school teacher at Elim Pentecostal Church in Timișoara, Romania. From 2005-2006, I was the youth leader at Church of God Pentecostal Church in Vršac, Serbia. From 2010-2013, I was Assistant in the Department of Christian Counseling at Evanđeoski Teološki Fakultet in Osijek, Croatia.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

In Romania, a country where about 9,000 babies are aborted every three days, the Estera Foundation is devoted not only to saving as many lives as possible, but also preventing irresponsible, promiscuous, and dangerous living among young people. The staff at Estera believes that through educating the younger generation to live responsible lives grounded in Christian ethics, we can bring perpetual value to society and reduce the effects of sin.

Raluca Sorhent|| forum funded ::

Raluca Sorhent|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Forum Network:
Media Communicators

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Raluca Sorhent is involved in youth ministry in Romania.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a Christian family and loved Jesus from childhood, but He was not the Lord of my life. When I was a teenager, I attended a conference where I decided to follow Jesus for the rest of my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

For ten years I served in a small church as a youth leader and on the worship team. That was a time when God shaped me and helped me grow into the woman I am now.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I am convinced I will learn new skills and good strategies that will help me become a better leader. I will also make new Christian friends.

What is your ministry?

I lead a youth group of 15-20 people. We meet once a week at my home and have Bible study, worship time, pray, and enjoy a variety of activities. I meet with each of them one to one to help them to grow spiritually. I am also involved in youth leadership in my church by organizing youth camps and weekly youth meetings.

What are your past leadership roles?

I began with a small group of teenagers. We have weekly meetings for Bible study and to discuss their needs. I also organize different activities, including youth conferences and summer youth camps.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I think there are many individuals who have grown spiritually in a youth ministry. They can invest in the young generation through what I do. Young people will be the leaders of our country in a few years, so we need to make them into strong Christian leaders with a good foundation.

Henrietta Raina|| forum funded ::

Henrietta Raina|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Henrietta Raina is a youth worker in Romania

When did you trust Christ?

In 2010, when I was 11, I decided to follow Jesus. My dad is a pastor and that summer we were at a camp organized for pastors and families. Every morning there was a lecture for the kids. One day after the lecture we talked about the end of the world, how near it is and how many signs have begun to happen. I started to think about the end of the world seriously. For the first time in my life I realized that I wouldn’t go to heaven because I never really asked God to forgive my sins and to be His child. That evening I prayed with my father and decided to follow Jesus with all my heart.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

A few years after deciding to follow Jesus I took the next step and was baptized. At one point I realized I didn’t have a daily connection with God. I was asking Him for favors and promising to read the Bible and have a better connection with Him. However, the Holy Spirit revealed to me this kind of relationship with God wasn’t the right one. Slowly I begun to grow in my relationship with God. Another defining moment for me was when I understood from God that I must begin to study at the weekend Bible school here in Cluj-Napoca, where I attend university. This spring I realized how few things I really knew about God and theology. I wanted to form my own opinion and get a deeper understanding in order to explain to even non-Christians the deeper things about my God. During the summer God convinced me and gave me peace that this is the road which I should take, to go and study and know Him better.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to receive encouragement from the speakers, to receive new ideas from other participants, to learn to better serve God, and to be refreshed spiritually by the European Leadership Forum.

What is your ministry?

Currently I am serving in house group meetings and actively participating in Christian students’ meetings. I also lead the youth ministry in my local church.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have led prayer meetings in a youth camp and have shared my testimony Christian student meetings.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to know God better, to understand Him deeply, and to serve Him better among young people.

Mate Kiss|| forum funded ::

Mate Kiss|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Other

Forum Network:
Youth Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

Mate Kiss is a youth ministry leader in Romania and the financial secretary of the Hungarian Baptist Youth Association.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born into a Christian family. However, I was a hypocrite. I tried to avoid meeting my school friends and church members at the same time. One weekend during an evangelism campaign I felt desperate. I thought if time passed my heart might harden unless I dedicated myself to the Lord right then. I went to my pastor and we prayed together, but my sins didn’t hurt. I was afraid of not being able to repent. After the final sermon of the event, I went to the pastor and told him about my struggles. As we prayed, the ice broke and I started to cry. I realized how much I hurt God with my evil deeds and my wicked nature. I asked for forgiveness and received it on that day, March 16, 2014. Jesus Christ became my personal Savior! Since then I’ve been identifying myself as a follower of Him!

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

After my conversion four of my friends and the father of one of them began to meet regularly. We shared from the Bible and prayed together. We held each other accountable. I consider this group a significant anchor in my spiritual life. Following my baptism, I was elected as one of the leaders of the local youth group. One key moment in my Christian life was when I spoke to one of our elders stating I wanted to take ministry seriously, but I could not fight youthful desires alone. That man became my mentor and has been holding me accountable. I find security in this fellowship, and the relationship developed into a close friendship.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Attending the European Leadership will bring me a deeper understanding of Scripture on a theoretical and practical level. I will learn new methods in evangelism and build strong relationships. I will gain biblical wisdom in how to be a better manager.

What is your ministry?

I serve among Christian university students in Cluj-Napoca, who have left home to study and are now searching for a community where they have the chance to grow in faith. We organize youth evenings where we worship together, pray together, listen to biblical teachings, and get to know one another. As the financial secretary of the youth association I manage the money and am involved in organizing conferences, camps and other youth events for the youth from Hungarian Baptist churches.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was one of the leaders of the local youth group in the Hungarian Baptist Church in Satu Mare, Romania, between 2015-2017. Since February 2018 I am one of the leaders of the university student youth group in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, a community that meets weekly and tries to serve and evangelize the Hungarian youth coming to study in Cluj from all around the country. About 80-100 youth meet weekly. Since January 2019 I am the financial secretary of the Hungarian Baptist Youth Association from Romania.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am relatively young, eager to learn, and I have a sincere desire to serve the Lord. I am one of the five leaders of the Youth Association, and I could share the things I learn at the Forum with many local youth group leaders I keep in contact with.

Stefan-Sorin Ilutan|| forum funded ::

Stefan-Sorin Ilutan|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Stefan-Sorin Ilutan is the pastor of Providența Baptist Church in Oradea.

When did you trust Christ?

I come from an Orthodox background. I grew up in a very religious, churchgoing family. I started going to the Baptist church in the city where I grew up after I applied to the Baptist high school for their computer specialization class. My understanding of Christ and His calling was gradual and, after attending a Christian camp, I decided to surrender my life to Jesus. I was the only evangelical Christian in my family, but by God’s grace, two years after my baptism my mother came to Christ during the Easter service. A year later my brother accepted Christ, and a year after that my father and grandparents became Christians.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The first and most powerful influence in my Christian life was the pastor of the church I where started going. He discipled me in every spiritual discipline and was alongside me when I shared my calling to the ministry. The years I spent under his supervision really helped me understand and integrate my Christian walk into my daily life. Another important time in my life was when my family started to turn to Christ. I saw God’s immense power and mercy combined with the power of personal testimony. The professors I met at the Baptist Seminary in Bucharest were also an important influence; some of them have been my mentors for more than ten years now.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum is a wonderful experience. I have been so blessed through the seminars, the interaction with other leaders, and through the workshops. Not only have I gathered information, but I have established relationships and partnerships with brothers and sisters from across Europe who have the same goal of spreading the gospel in their communities. My church and my community have been blessed by the Forum.

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of Providența Baptist Church in Oradea, a church of 250 members. My current focus, besides preaching, is on youth ministry and family groups. By practicing and teaching discipleship, the youth group in our church grew from two people when I first became the pastor to 50 currently. The church is situated in a part of the city where there are no other Baptist churches. The population of this area is around 50,000 people, most of them young families who have moved here from the countryside. I am also a theology teacher at the Emanuel Baptist High School in Oradea and a DMin student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas, United States. ism.

What are your past leadership roles?

I graduated from seminary in 2007 and was elected pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Năsăud (a city in central Romania). I continued studying while pastoring the church. I received my master’s degree in 2010 from Bucharest University. In 2009 I also became pastor of a newly planted church in a different neighborhood of the same city. In 2012 I moved to Oradea, in the western part of Romania, and was elected pastor at Providența Baptist Church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

We have a great opportunity as a church to minister to young people and young families who have moved to the area. We are developing new leaders for discipleship, Bible studies, youth ministry, and social outreach.

Alina Balaceanu|| forum funded ::

Alina Balaceanu|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Education—University

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
University Students

Alina Balaceanu is the leader of women’s groups at Emanuel University of Oradea in Romania.

When did you trust Christ?

When I was five-years-old the Holy Spirit convinced me of my total sinfulness, powerlessness, and desperate need of Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. At the time I attended the Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Bucharest, Romania with my family. The event happened during a week-long evangelism event at the church.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I continued to grow in my relationship with God, going to Church, praying, and reading the Bible. At age 16 I was baptized and started to become involved in worship ministry, playing piano and singing in various choir groups. My spiritual life knew new heights as I began to understand biblical concepts such as God’s grace, providence, and sovereignty, while dedicating more and more time to fellowship, Bible study, prayer meetings, sharing the Gospel, and disciple-making. In my student years the Lord gave me the privilege of leading one of my colleagues to Christ and discipling her.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Communicating and interacting with both young and experienced leaders from various backgrounds and contexts would enlarge my perspectives, and provide me with encouragement and motivation. I hope to make important connections with other believers and find new opportunities for ministry.

What is your ministry?

By God’s grace I am now leading women’s student groups at Emanuel University of Oradea, which is part of a larger program called Beauty in Holiness that wishes to involve all the women students in study and ministry groups, focusing on spiritual growth and serving others. Our group consists mainly of music students and since the music section of the university has a very high percentage of girls, these groups have the potential of creating special bonds that will eventually impact the ministries of these students, and through it the university and the churches where these students are involved. Our focus is growing in faith through Bible study, memorizing Scripture, prayer, fellowship, and sharing the Gospel through evangelism.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have served as a worship leader and adult and children’s choir director. I have also been a women’s Bible study group leader at several youth camps in Romania.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Women’s ministry in Romania is almost non-existent, but women represent the highest percentage in the church and Christian schools. There is a lack of knowledge when it comes to doctrine, theology, and discipleship, although there are clear commandments in Scripture directly addressing the responsibility of women teaching women. Biblical teaching and disciple-making among women in Romania would have a huge impact in the church and society, considering the key role women have in spiritually building their homes, educating children, and training and discipling young wives and mothers.

Andrei Hera|| YRM funded ::

Andrei Hera|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Youth

Ministry Focus:
Disciple-Making Leaders

What is your ministry?

I currently serve in the Poarta Cerului Pentecostal church from Timisoara. One of our church’s main focus is aimed towards ministering the youth. Hence the average age in our church is significantly lower than most churches in our city. The youth ministry gravitates around our weekly plenary sessions and continues to a more granular level as we serve within our smaller teams. We currently have about 150 active members in our youth department and (pre-COVID-19)about 400-500 weekly attendees at our public gathering. Being one of the first Romanian churches to bring our content online we’ve been blessed to have a significant reach and impact among the Romanian evangelical community.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to gain more insight so that I might bring growth in this area to our youth department and the church in general, gain skills that I can share with my peers, learn how to implement this on a larger scale within our teams, and identify and grow new disciple-makers.

What is your leadership role?

I’m one of the leaders in the Youth Department of our church. I’m mainly involved in organizing our youth activities while also consulting with our main youth leader (not a youth pastor). My responsibilities are aimed towards ministering to our worship choir and a smaller team that serves smaller churches near Timisoara.
For both of these groups, I’m responsible for organizing our activities while also being there for them if anyone needs any closer spiritual help.

Anca Piglesan|| YRM funded ::

Anca Piglesan|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Outreach

Ministry Focus:
Leaders of Christian Events

What is your ministry?

My passion is to organize events and to help people. Most recently, I was asked by my church to be the leader for a project helping the hospitals with dealing with Covid – it was a queue of miracles and divine coincidences!!! Everything was perfectly orchestrated from above and God got all the glory!

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn how deal with stress more efficiently.

What is your leadership role?

I am currently in sabbatical. Previously I have led Operation Christmas Child in Romania and I also worked in Human Resources for 7 years.

Dimitru Mircea Detesan|| YRM funded ::

Dimitru Mircea Detesan|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Pastoring

Ministry Focus:
Church and Organization Leaders

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to lead faithfully and sacrificially and be committed to the areas in which I am involved in, like assisting and coordinating the ministry of the pastors of the churches of our 5 counties in our regional district of the denomination. I also coordinate the network and ministry of our 5 National Coordinators in Education by Extension, in the Baptist, Pentecostal, Brethren, Independent and Women’s ministry.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to grow in my abilities to counsel, mentor, support, and work with other leaders to help them get to their full potential in Christ.

What is your leadership role?

I am a Church Pastor, Vice president of District Denomination, as well as Executive Director of Biblical Education by Extension Foundation (EBE Romania).

Sergiu Bradean|| YRM funded ::

Sergiu Bradean|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My ministry is as a pastor, keeping the church that I minister vital and growing. I also help other churches revitalize through the involvement in evangelism and
missions.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to develop practical and theoretical skills. Also, I want to develop more skills of leading the revitalisation process, specially amidst opposition.

What is your leadership role?

I am the pastor of Golgotha Baptist Church from Constanta Romania. I am also the vice president in charge of education for the Baptist Association of Constanta (three counties in the South Eastern part of Romania).

Cristina Dobos|| forum funded ::

Cristina Dobos|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Social Services

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Cristina Dobos is a prevention coordinator for an organization that works to prevent human trafficking.

When did you trust Christ?

All of my life I wondered what would happen to me after I died. I wondered if there was more to this life than what I have seen and experienced. In 2012, my wondering led me to Jesus and I decided to follow Him. Back then I was doing outreach to prostitutes in Romania and my heart was moved when I saw all the girls on the streets. I knew and felt that there is something more for them and they weren’t born for such a life. I realized that God had touched my heart and I decided to dedicate my life to serving and helping people in need. I realized that I wanted to follow Jesus and that the Holy Spirit was my only guide. Reading the Bible, I realized that all my unanswered questions now had answers in Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Working with women in vulnerable situations and with people who are addicted to drugs has helped me to keep my faith and grow in it. Getting to see Jesus save women and change their lives forever has been a humbling experience. My job requires me to trust in Jesus even when situations look bleak or like they will not have a happy ending. I believe that God is in control of every human life and of every situation.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to make new connections with other Christian leaders and learn from their experiences. I want to learn how to be a better leader and how to better manage situations and groups of individuals. I hope the European Leadership Forum will provide a new perspective on doing ministry and that I will improve my skills so that I can better serve others.

What is your ministry?

I work for ELiberare, an organization in Romania that works to combat human trafficking. We do this in a variety of ways, such as by increasing awareness of the problem, providing trainings on how to prevent human trafficking, providing external assistance to help restore those who have been impacted, and by advocating and lobbying for victims in the political arena. I am personally a prevention coordinator for the organization. I am involved with the logistics for our campaign events and help with administrative aspects of the organization. I coordinate some of our campaigns and training events.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been involved with young adult ministry in my church. Before I became a Christian, I led volunteers in outreaches to women who were involved in prostitution.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Human trafficking is a serious crime that occurs all across Europe. However, Romania is one of the main sources of men, women, and children who become exploited as victims of human trafficking in Europe. Because human trafficking is such a complex phenomenon, we need to influence as many social factors as possible to have an effect.

Andrei Daniel Miraute|| forum funded ::

Andrei Daniel Miraute|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Andrei Daniel Miraute is the pastor of the Baptist Church of Sofronea.

When did you trust Christ?

When I was 13-years-old, I watched a video made by Louie Giglio called “How Great Is Our God.”
The movie discusses astronomy, biology, and math, and shows how the universe is powerful evidence for the existence of God. I had always been fascinated by science and the depth of the universe, so when I understood how big the universe is, I came to realize how great the God who made it is, and how small I am compared to Him and to the universe. More than that, He loved me so much that He gave His Son for my sins. I understood the gravity of my sins and my need for God that day.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The first such moment was when my parents got divorced. I was only a teenager and I was already following God. That was the moment when I understood the true need for a holy life. The second defining moment in my life was when I decided to study theology at Emanuel University. I had no money for tuition or for accommodation, but against all these obstacles I wanted to go there. My mother told me that she couldn’t afford it, but God provided and was gracious to me. That was when I understood how dependent I am on God.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I expect that by attending the European Leadership Forum I will gain the information and the tools I need to be a better teacher and to better shepherd the people in my church. I hope that I will grow in my ability to lead the people I am responsible for and that I will become more capable of making the best possible decisions for the congregation.

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a 70-member church. We have a mission church on a farm. I am supervising an Awana group that interacts with non-Christian children from the village. I am leading a small mission group from our church to help a neighboring church in the Valley of Mures. I lead a small prayer group in Timisoara with young families from our church in Sofronea village.

What are your past leadership roles?

Besides being a pastor, I have led Bible study and prayer groups. I have led students in serving smaller churches in Bihor County, Romania.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am young in the ministry and I understand that I have a lot of things to learn for the ministry that God has called me to serve. God’s willing, I will be in ministry for the rest of my life. I think it is good to invest in something that will last for a long time and in someone who wants to be more capable in what he is doing. This is what I want for the ministry: to develop the gifts that God has given to me and to serve as much as I can.

Pavel Trifu|| forum funded ::

Pavel Trifu|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Politics and Society

Ministry Focus:
Counseling

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.

Vasilica Croitor|| forum funded ::

Vasilica Croitor|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

Vasilica Croitor is the senior pastor of Bethlehem Church and the secretary of the Romanian Foreign Mission Agency.

When did you trust Christ?

I got saved in 1990 while in my hometown. I was impacted by the Gospel through my family and the youth group at our church.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In 1991 I joined a team of young evangelists and started doing street evangelism. Next I attended a Bible school that was very much oriented towards practical evangelistic activities. From 1993-1997 I studied theology in Bucharest and became friends with a teacher of missions who influenced my life in many ways. In 1996 I took an intensive course in Islam and since then I started to work in the area of Romania that has many Muslims. Since 1997 I have served as the pastor of a church in a town that is the headquarters of Islam for Romania.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I believe that the resources offered by the Forum are very necessary for helping to meet the needs that European churches are facing.

What is your ministry?

I am the senior pastor of Bethlehem Church in the city of Medgidia, a city with a large Muslim population. I am the overseer for the Southeastern Region of the Pentecostal Church of Romania. I am the secretary of the Romanian Foreign Mission Agency. We have 60+ full time missionaries in other countries. I oversee the Pentecostal Churches in the Southeast of Romania.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was the founder and the director of a Christian Library in my home town. I started a publishing and printing ministry.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

We are developing a plan to plant 100 new churches in our country. We need all the help we can get in this endeavor.

Dorin Dumitrascu|| forum funded ::

Dorin Dumitrascu|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Students

Dorin Dumitrascu is a full time minister at a church, where he leads worship and youth ministry. He also works with a non-profit organization that works with students.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my original decision to trust and follow Jesus when I was 16-years-old. I was part of a small Bible study group. When we studied the words of 1 John 5:12-13 — “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” — the result was that I knelt in our family living room and I prayed for the first time that Jesus would become my God! Even though I grew up in a Christian family and I knew the Word of God, it was not until that moment that I was born again.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My family — both my parents and my brothers and sisters — have had a huge influence on my spiritual growth. Being part of a small group in the church also had a great impact on my life. My older brother, Mihai, became my mentor and helped me develop spiritual disciplines like reading the Bible daily and daily prayer. I have served in the church since 1996 as a worship leader and youth minister, where I have faced many circumstances and challenges that have help me grow in my faith.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I am involved in student ministry. I need to know how to respond properly to the unbelieving students I work with. Attending the European Leadership Forum helps train me to better answer these and other difficult questions that arise from the postmodern world. The Forum challenges me to develop a better understanding of the contemporary methods of reaching unbelievers in relevant ways. It is an excellent resource for my ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am part of the pastoral team in our local church. My roles in the church are coordinating the music team, leading youth leaders, and leading the ProVeritas Association (for pre-evangelism). My main focus is on working among high school and university students. My goal is to reach as many as possible with the Gospel through educational programs.

What are your past leadership roles?

Since 1996, I have led the worship teams in two churches. I also work with youth. Since September of 2010, I have worked full time in our local church, Biserica Crstina Emanuel Galati.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am determined to participate at the European Leadership Forum in order to be better equipped for the student work in our city. I consider that there are many things to be learned at the Forum, things that will help prepare me to answer postmodern questions that students have about faith in Christ. As Francis Schaeffer wrote in his “Trilogy,” the church has to address a contemporary world rather than addressing a world that no longer exists.

Petry Groza|| forum funded ::

Petry Groza|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Christian Organization

Forum Network:
Bible Teachers and Preachers

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Petry Grova is the president of a Christian organization called the Regen Foundation.

When did you trust Christ?

In 1996 we had an evangelistic event in our town where a few evangelists from the U.S. came and preached about how people could be saved. That was the moment when I made the decision to follow Christ for the rest of my life. And it has been quite a journey ever since.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I began my journey by being broken by God. He destroyed my dreams of becoming a rich, successful, famous person. He brought the right people and the right circumstances into my life to challenge me to strive for more. One such moment was when the Lord introduced me to my wife, who is my biggest supporter. Another defining moment was when a professor from a seminary in the U.S. came to Romania and was the main speaker at a pastor’s conference that I organized.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I anticipate that I will receive spiritual food, will have the opportunity to network with other leaders, and will receive answers to questions I don’t have answers for yet.

What is your ministry?

In the last few years God has directed me towards the role of leading a Christian organization. Together with a group of young believers I formed the Regen Foundation, where I serve as the president. I lead a group of two full time paid staff and around 10 volunteers. Our vision is to see people regenerated in all aspects of life. The vision statement of the Regen Foundation is to see men, women and children regenerated spiritually, economically, and socially, so that they can become change agents in a deprived world. We run homework clubs in 5 locations around our town of Fagaras. Over 200 children and youth come to receive help. We teach them the Bible and also give them academic help. We are also involved in taking them to camps where we share the Gospel. Recently we have been involved in social and medical programs, all with the main purpose of showing God’s love in practical ways and building relationships in a culture that is hostile to evangelicals.

What are your past leadership roles?

I served in my local church for more than five years as a youth leader. I was also the worship leader for more than eight years for the youth group. I continue to lead the church in worship. I am also a choir director. I worked for eight years as a project manager, translator, and evangelist for a ministry called the Romanian Chapel Project, part of the American IMB. I was charged with organizing many short term mission teams. In the last few years God has entrusted me with investing in the lives of many young people. I have been part of a group of people that organized youth conferences called History Makers. Over 150 youth have been part of these conferences.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I know God has given me the potential for leading others to know Christ. My desire is to always strive for more and to be more like Jesus. I need to learn from people who have gone before me. I always want to grow; therefore I need someone to teach me and to support me in my growth.

Cristina Olariu|| forum funded ::

Cristina Olariu|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Forum Network:
Politics and Society

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Cristina Olariu is the director of a Christian FM radio station.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Christian family and I always thought that I was a good and godly person. But then I joined a prayer group and I realized what a sinner I really was. I repented to God and I decided to follow Him. I was conscious of my sin and my need for salvation, which led me to make that decision.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I had a good job, but God called me to work in Christian radio. It was a hard decision to resign from my job when working in radio was a volunteer position. I was married, and we had a small child and two elderly people living in our home as well. My husband and I decided that it was more important to listen to God and that He would provide for us. After one month, I was offered a part-time job in Christian television and someone I did not even know offered to cover my expenses for school. After my second year of study, I had gained a scholarship and God provided for us. This was one of the most important lessons of my life: if we follow the core calling of God, despite giving up personal security, God will take care of everything.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

From the Forum I have received inspiration, encouragement, and direction. I have met extraordinary people and have returned to my home full of ideas and energy. The Forum has helped me to see exactly the next steps that I should take in the ministry to which I have been called.

What is your ministry?

I lead a team of 7 employees and 220-400 volunteers (depending on the period of the year). Our mission is to broadcast the Gospel to all Romanians. Our vision is to explain the message of Christ in a crystal-clear way so that anyone who hears can make a decision for God. In the same way, we want to offer support and news for the existing Christian community in Timisoara and also develop Christians to work in the media in the future. We have a YouTube channel where we have received more than one million views. We organize different social events like sharing the Gospel in hospitals and at pro-life events.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been leading the Radio Voice of the Gospel in Timisoara for five years. I have been in other leadership roles in camps and conferences, but radio is the core method through which God has taught me leadership.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

We can still share the Gospel openly and freely in Romania. We are the only Christian radio station to broadcast FM in a town where many students come every year for universities and where many churches need a platform to work together as one community. I am committed to sharing the Gospel. Being better equipped means being more efficient.

Samuel Mitrofan|| forum funded ::

Samuel Mitrofan|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Evangelism

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Samuel Mitrofan is the chairman of the board of EE Romania, an organization that trains churches for evangelism.

When did you trust Christ?

I met Jesus as a young boy. I grew up in a Christian home with two parents who were believers. They took me to church every week. One week I heard the sermon and decided to give my life to Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to encounter new ideas and new strategies for evangelism, mentoring, and training. I want to meet new believers from my context and also those working in similar ministries in other countries. I want to form new partnerships. The Forum is a great opportunity to see a wonderful piece of Heaven. Good fellowship and meaningful relationships are plentiful here. I am so grateful for your help.

What is your ministry?

I am the chairman of the board of EE Romania. Our goal is to train churches and organizations for the work of evangelism, both in theory and in practical ways. We do this by helping churches to discover their evangelists. Then we equip those evangelists with the tools that will allow them to train and equip others. We help to create powerful evangelistic teams that gradually can equip all the believers in those churches. These churches are then ready to share the gospel with their communities and the world. We have worked with hundreds of churches and organizations in Romania and Eastern Europe.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was previously the European Director for Capital Ministries. I was also a consultant for the Romanian Parliament.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Evangelism is incredibly important, but most Christians don’t really know how to engage nonbelievers with the gospel. We want to train churches to train Christians in how to do evangelism.

Daniel Fodorean|| forum funded ::

Daniel Fodorean|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Revitalization

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

Daniel Fodorean is an Assistant Professor at the Baptist Theological Institute of Bucharest and the pastor of Nova Vita Baptist Church in Constanta.

When did you trust Christ?

I grow up in a Christian family under the Communist regime. At 12-years-old during a church service I realized that my life cannot be saved without a Savior. I received Jesus as my Savior and from that moment I have had joy and peace in my heart. I return home and I told to my parents that I was a follower of Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was 16-years-old, a few months after I was baptized, my pastor asked me to lead the church service. I was scared, but I lead the time of prayer. The next week, the pastor asked me to prepare a short messge for the Thursday evening service. My home church had 400 members. When I started speaking my knee trembled. But that evening brought me the confirmation that I should go to seminary to prepare for going into ministry.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to have a better understanding of the status of evangelicals in Europe and a better understanding of the ministry opportunities in Europe. I want to learn more about education and leadership from other theologians and leaders of Christian organizations. I want to represent my ministry, the Baptist Theological Institute of Bucharest, among leaders in Europe.

What is your ministry?

Currently, I am the teacher-pastor of Nova Vita Baptist Church, Constanta. Beyond pastoral ministry, I am an Assistant Professor of Applied Theology at Baptist Theological Institute of Bucharest, President of Antioch Center/Executive Director of European Leader Formation, and Principal of Champions for Life Primary School.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was pastor of Golgotha Baptist Church, Constanta, Romania, for almost 20 years and I served as one of the founders and the president of Constanta Baptist Association for eleven years. I served as the vice president of Constanta Baptist Association for four years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Our mission as an organization is to help the church to be revitalizing. I am teaching applied ecclesiology courses at our seminary and my course includes this topic. I want to understand more about this topic and how others see this topic.

Titus Pastean|| forum funded ::

Titus Pastean|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Titus Pastean is one of the pastors of a Baptist Church in Timisoara.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a committed Christian family. My father was a Baptist minister. In 1987, as I was graduating from the 8th grade, I was going through some rough times and I started asking questions about God. One day after having read my Bible and having listened to sermons, one sermon spoke to me personally and I made the decision to follow Jesus right then.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One important moment was when I left to go to Baptist Theological Seminary in Bucharest, about 400 miles from home. I went to study to be a pastor and that strengthened my relationship with Christ—assuring me that it was okay to be alone as long as I was following God’s plan. A painful moment was my parents’ divorce when I was 20. A significant moment was entering the ministry in 1996. I became assistant pastor of Golgotha Baptist Church in Arad.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Attending the European Leadership Forum is a great blessing. It has enlarged and enriched my perspective on ministry as a result of the interaction with a broad group of leaders from other countries and cultures. This has helped me raise the number of people (disciples and leaders) in which I invest, the quality of my messages and talks, the capacity to face change and to make changes, and my ability to organize my work to understand and improve my leadership. Because of the Forum, I have been able to gain resources that I could find nowhere else!

What is your ministry?

I am one of the pastors of a Baptist Church in Timisoara (Vox Domini), a church focused on university ministry. I am also a co-founder and member of an interdenominational Romanian Christian organization called BIG-Impact, a movement of churches with global impact. I also teach in a non-formal program called ATS (Advanced Theological Studies), a program in partnership with Dallas Theological Seminary.

What are your past leadership roles?

In 2001, I became the youth pastor at Maranatha Baptist Church, where I served until 2004. I subsequently became youth minister at Vox Domini.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

By investing in me, you will also be investing in many leaders in Romania. Together, we can change Romania for Christ.

Stefana-Ioana Racorean|| forum funded ::

Stefana-Ioana Racorean|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Forum Network:
Professional Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Counselling

Stefana-Ioana Racorean is a marriage and family counsellor, who works for a non-profit organization.

When did you trust Christ?

My first contact with Christianity was when I began to attend a Christian high school. The Bible study that was part of the curriculum helped me to understand what God had done for me and the importance of having a personal relationship with Him. My time at the school greatly influenced my faith. I was baptized after I gave my life to Jesus during high school.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Coming from a family where religion was not important, it was a strange thing that I ended up going to a Christian high school. After attending a strong church for almost 10 years, I finished my studies and went into the profession of psychology. Every day I see ways in which God has shaped me to know how to integrate my professional work with my faith. I work not only in therapy and counselling, but I am also involved in research on the Psychology of Religion and counselling training in my organization.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

When I attended the Forum for the first time I was at the very beginning of my career as a psychologist. I was working in a Christian organization that was doing professional training in systemic family therapy. I became part of the training team, being in a position of leadership, without knowing how to lead, or being a mature leader myself. I was also teaching family psychotherapy, trying to build on values and integrate Christian thinking with a professional perspective on psychology when I was only learning about integrating the two from books. The Forum helped me mature as a Christian and offered me knowledge, support, and mentoring that helped me mature as a leader. The Forum put me in contact with Christian psychologists with whom I learned how to be a Christian psychologist and how to help colleagues integrate faith in their professions. The Forum is the best mixture of Christian and professional growth I have ever encountered.

What is your ministry?

I am a marriage and family therapist currently working in a Christian non-profit called Preventis Association. We serve a population that deals with substance use and abuse. We offer counselling to clients dealing with these issues and their families. We also have two prevention programs, one offering lessons on drug use and abuse in schools and throughout the community and another mentoring program for at-risk youth. I also have a small counselling practice on the side, seeing a variety of clients.

What are your past leadership roles?

Prior to my work as therapist, I was a training director.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I may be very optimistic about my ministry, but I am also very young. To better do God’s work and fulfill my calling as a Christian, I need to be in contact with other experienced professionals, such as all those who come together at the Forum. I am eager to learn new things and develop what I already know because I know that my Christian walk and my ministry will always continue to be a process of learning and growth.

Emanuel Pela|| forum funded ::

Emanuel Pela|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Other

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Emanuel Pela is a small group leader and discipleship group leader.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in the church, so I had all the information I needed about the Christian faith and about what Jesus had done. But in the end it did not transform me. When I was about age 14, a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to take part in a Bible study group. I joined the group and started to read the Bible and things began to make more sense. During the summer of 2015 I went to a camp with the youth from our church and the theme for the week was from Philippians 3:10. That week was the defining moment when I realized that Christ was an actual person and that I could have a personal living relationship with Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Having authentic Christians around me when I first started following Christ helped me with my thirst to know Jesus. Whether they knew it or not, these Christians became my mentors. With their help I began to pay forward what was given to me. I started leading small discussion groups and Bible study groups for teenagers in my home church. Seeing some of my friends engaging in a personal relationship with Jesus was a huge boost in my faith life. Being raised in a church had its benefits but also some disadvantages. A major one was that after moving to another city to attend to university, I realized that I had taken some things for granted. I had some beliefs that were not challenged and so I did not know how to answer questions that my non-Christian friends had about Christianity and the Bible. This motivated me to go back to the basics and to the truths I had told other people to believe in but had not tested myself. During my time in college I found Vox Domini Church and that is where I experienced considerable growth in my relationship with Jesus.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum and the Forum’s Year-Round Mentoring for Disciple Making Leaders have been the best learning experiences in my life. The sessions greatly contributed to my development as a Christian leader and discipleship group leader. Being able to have lunches with the speakers and other leaders and also meeting new people made my first time at the Forum a memorable experience.

What is your ministry?

I am currently leading my third church home group and my third discipleship group at Vox Domini Church. These two groups are contexts where I am in direct contact with students and graduates and have a chance to challenge them to walk daily with Jesus. We are also inviting non-believers to our home group, where we engage in discussions about our faith and challenge them to seek the truth for themselves.

What are your past leadership roles?

For five years while I was a student I volunteered as an event coordinator and project manager for an NGO called OSCET (Christian Student Organization in Timisoara, which is part of International Fellowship of Evangelical Students). I led Bible study groups in my hometown and Bible study meetings in my home church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Along my journey as a Christian I have always wondered why people have chosen to invest in me and mentor me. I don’t really know if I have an answer, but I think it has to do with the fact that I assume responsibilities and follow them through, that I am focused on learning and becoming more mature, and that I want to help others do the same. My calling is to make disciples and help them grow. I need help to do it better than I am doing right now.

Mihaela Popa|| forum funded ::

Mihaela Popa|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Other

Forum Network:
Church Revitalization

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

Mihaela Popa is a discipleship group leader, English camp leader, and a site leader in her local church.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in an Orthodox family. My parents never encouraged me or my sister to go to church. For them, God was something far away, only to be dealt with on Christmas and Easter. During 7th grade, I started going at the local Baptist church in Deva (a small town in the west of Romania) after my sister’s high school friend invited me to a summer camp. While at the camp I met a youth leader. He talked to me a lot about God and was very patient in answering my questions. I started asking myself questions about God and read the Bible. God started working in my heart and mind. I can’t name the exact moment when I decided to follow Jesus. It was more like a process during which God was slowly revealing Himself to me and during which I slowly started to change my life and follow Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The first small group I was part of at the Christian student organization in a local church in Timisoara had an important impact on my walk with God. The group leader challenged me and taught me how to take God seriously, how to pray with confidence, and how to study and apply the Bible in my own personal life. The pastors and elders at my church and& in the student organization were also of great influence. I grew a lot during my years of volunteering in the organization and in the local church. There have also been hard times (personal health issues, my father’s cancer, and two job losses due to company dissolution) during which God taught me how to trust Him more, how to humble myself, and how to be 100% dependent on Him.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I am hoping to learn from evangelical leaders across Europe. I am hoping their knowledge and experiences will help me grow and bring new perspectives to how I do and see things. I am hoping the Forum will be a great training opportunity for me so that I can afterwards serve my community better and more wisely.

What is your ministry?

I lead a discipleship group. I have been helping with the Sunday church program at my local church as a service programmer. I am also part of the site executive team at our church (the church is divided into 3 sites). We are currently in transition with the site leader position and I am acting as a temporary leader of the team. I have also been a leader or part of the organization team of various camps and events put together by the student organization where I have been a member since 2006. These include English camps, conferences, and other such events.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a leader of two discipleship groups and I have started my third one this past autumn. For four years I was the coordinator of the discipleship department for our student organization.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

People at my church say they see potential in me and they want me to take more responsibility in the church. I am in my early 30s and almost all of our current leaders are over 40. They want to see a fresh generation involved.

Andreas Schoger|| forum funded ::

Andreas Schoger|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Andreas Schoger is the pastor of a church in Romania.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a non-Christian family, and because of problems regarding the health of my brother my mother came to church. I was 16-years-old when I decided to follow Jesus. It was in 1998 when God convicted me of my sin and I gave my life to Him. I was convicted during that summer when a missionary came to our church and preached the Gospel.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The moment when God called me to serve the Lord with the Gospel. The moment when I was discipled by some great men of God. The moment when I got to attend Emanuel University of Oradea. The moment when I got married. The moment when I was ordained.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I will be exposed at great speakers. I will develop my relationships with other leaders from Europe. I will be able to buy great books. I will set apart my activities for a week and I will invest in my own spiritual development.

What is your ministry?

I am a full time pastor. I preach on a regular basis (four times a week), I lead the youth group, I visit the church members, I evangelize the members of our community, and I officiate baptisms and weddings and funerals.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was involved in the Gideon International Ministry. I was the youth leader in my home church. I was involved in a group Bible study in our church. I was involved as the leader of Campus Crusade for Christ at my university.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am a leader and work as a full time pastor. I am in my thirties and still have, Lord willing, a long pastoral career ahead. I like to read and attend conferences so I have a teachable attitude.

Emanuel Moisa|| forum funded ::

Emanuel Moisa|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Emanuel Moisa is the pastor of a church in Romania and is involved in training other Romanian pastors in biblical leadership.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Christian family, and as a child I was taught to read the Bible and to pray. I attended a Baptist Church where the youth leader was very interested in the students he worked with, and he challenged me personally to grow in my walk with Christ and my understanding of Scripture. After finishing a course in Navigators and being touched by my brother’s baptismal service, I decided at age 14 to receive Christ as my personal Savior and Lord and to follow Him all of my life.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I first became a Christian, I got involved with a small group lead by my youth minister. He greatly encouraged me in my faith, as did the pastor of the church. He recognized my calling to be a pastor, and he taught me how to preach and how to witness to others. He encouraged the church to send me to the Baptist Theological Institute in Bucharest to be trained for ministry. After graduation, I became a pastor and met my closest friend, an excellent pastor who is a very wise and experienced youth minister. Our friendship has been crucial for my understanding of ministry, and we have learned together how to serve the church. Through him I have been invited to many conferences with Christian leaders from our country.

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of two churches, the vice president of education of our Baptist Association in the regional area, national coordinator of the Global Leadership Summit, and a member of the board that leads BIG-IMPACT ministry.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I live in a country with many resources, and I meet many people who need Christ. Many of those who come to know Christ become involved in ministry. I want my own ministry to be one which multiplies. I desire to work with others, trying to help them follow Christ in every aspect of their lives. I want to share with others what I myself have received.

Ovidiu Hanc|| forum funded ::

Ovidiu Hanc|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Theologians

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Ovidiu Hanc is a New Testament lecturer at Emanuel University of Oradea and the pastor of Biruinta Baptist Church of Arad.

When did you trust Christ?

I decided to trust Jesus in August of 1993. On that day I realized my sin and my need for salvation.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Besides the people that God has used to bless my life and spiritual growth, one of the defining moments of my life was God calling me to pastoral ministry. Following the call I studied theology at Emanuel University of Oradea, which was a source of many blessings. Besides the theological training and practical experience, I met my wife Emanuela at the university. God also opened the door to a pastoral ministry at Emanuel Baptist Church of Oradea where I became an intern pastor.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The European Leadership Forum has helped me to better understand the theological trends that are taking place in the world. It has given me the chance to meet and get to know many of the people whose books I have studied. The Forum is a source of knowledge for the work that I do in the New Testament department at Emanuel University. It was a blessing being at the Forum with speakers like D.A. Carson and Ravi Zacharius, who have had quite an impact on my life. The books available at the Forum are also an unbelievable gift! Bringing these books to the Fo¬rum at discounted prices is like, as they say in Romania, “Hot bread”- fresh, new, exciting, and tasty! The Forum has been a valuable resource for me in a tremendous way!

What is your ministry?

I am teaching New Testament Theology and Exegesis at Emanuel University of Oradea. I also serve as pastor of Biruinta Baptist Church of Arad. My pastoral ministry covers areas like training others for the ministry, mission, youth ministry, and family ministry. I am also part of a team that creates Bible studies for the churches in Romania.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was an Assistant Professor of New Testament at Emanuel University of Ordea, where I taught New Testament Survey, Theology, Exegesis, and Biblical Greek. I was also previously pastor of Golgotha Baptist Church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that God will use the investments that He has made in my life to equip others for the ministry.

Marius-Radu Clim|| forum funded ::

Marius-Radu Clim|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Education—University

Forum Network:
Academic

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

When did you trust Christ?

I made my decision to follow Jesus in 1990 and I was baptized in 1994. I attended my parents church (the church I attended until I left for university studies) at that time. I discovered Jesus as the only reason for my living and also the purpose for Whom I was created.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I have always loved to study the Bible and I was motivated by many study groups and Bible conferences. A special moment was when I came to Iasi for my university studies. There I found a group of students who were doing a Bible study and were very consequent in their work. I became very attached to this group, and that helped me to grow spiritually and to get involved in the ministry.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

As a researcher in an academic institute I realize how much I need to connect with fellow Christians, to share experience and to learn from them how to present a Christian worldview to my colleagues. The Forum has helped me a lot in my ministry of discipleship and now I hope it can offer me a wider perspective of how to serve God in higher education. I also want to share what I will learn at the Forum with other researchers that serve God in the university or academia in my town.

What is your ministry?

I serve as an elder in Nehemiah Church. I am a leader of a house group where we have fellowship and Bible study. Weekly we receive at least 3 non-Christian friends who came and listen about Christ. I also lead a discipleship group in the church (each year the young students who come to our church pass through this group to help them grow spiritually). Finally, I am a PhD researcher in the Romanian Academy.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have had the same leadership roles for many years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am a PhD researcher in an institute of the Romanian Academy. I am part of the Lexicography Department of this institute and I work at the Romanian Language Dictionary. Being involved in several projects with other researchers and university teachers, I have realized that the worldview of Romanians has not changed much since the time of Communism. There is a great need for presenting a Christian worldview and living as a follower of Christ.

Ioan Chirila|| forum funded ::

Ioan Chirila|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Forum Network:
Scientists

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a Christian family centered on the Bible and the church. In school, the death of a classmate and other difficult events taught me to truly trust Jesus – in life and also in death.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Several teachers had a strong influence in helping me see God’s hand at work in everything. After school, I started to be involved in evangelism with Campus Crusade and then became a youth leader in my church, the Neemia Church. Now, I lead Bible studies, home groups, and a medical ministry there.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to connect to the resources the Forum offers as I begin a new stage in my professional and ministry life.

What is your ministry?

I am an elder in our evangelical Church, leading a house-church and the medical ministry. I preach the Bible in the church. As a doctor and researcher, I am invited as a speaker not only to scientific conferences, but also to university and church meetings to present the Christian worldview as it relates to different topics.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The goal of my ministry with the Neemia Church is to serve God by serving His people. With The Good Samaritan and the medicine from our Betenia Pharmacy, we give not just physical care but spiritual hope to those who come to us in need. I am also dedicated to serving and supporting my wife and the two children God has given me. I hope to continue to grow in my knowledge of science and my understanding of God’s grace so that I may do all these things better.

Zsolt Istvan Albert|| forum funded ::

Zsolt Istvan Albert|| forum funded ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Revitalization

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Baptist family. I received the Lord when I was 15-years-old at an evangelistic meeting. I realized that I was a sinner and needed salvation.


What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I had some good American professors when I attended seminary in the city of Cluj. They were more than just professors. They were real educators and had a huge, eye-opening impact on me. Then I was alone in a quite large circle of churches with few members. My graduate studies gave me the much needed resources to face the difficulties I encountered.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to meet new people and to learn ideas that I can implement in my ministry.

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor in six churches. Two are large, two are smaller, and two are in the Roma community. I am leading them in spiritual and administrative issues. As the vice president of our local association I oversee our youth and children’s ministries. As deputy secretary general I am our convention’s chief financial officer.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was the secretary of our local association for four years, during which time I was responsible for organizing and leading several events.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to be a useful instrument in the hands of the Lord in teaching and serving others for the advance of His Kingdom.


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