Alina Balaceanu|| needs forum funding ::

Alina Balaceanu|| needs forum funding ::

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.
Ilona Simon|| needs forum funding ::

Ilona Simon|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Education—University

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
University Students

llona Simon is an assistant lecturer at the University of Pécs in Hungary.

When did you trust Christ?

I made the decision to follow Jesus Christ when I was 17-years-old while at a summer Bible Camp, which I attended on my grandmother’s advice. I was compelled by questions raised at the camp about the meaning of life as approached by the teachings of Christianity, as well by the power and various dimensions of the Christian faith. Above all, I received plenty of answers from God.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I began to study the Bible, my spiritual knowledge increased. At the beginning I read the Bible to gain immediate applications for my life. This changed after I learned the inductive Bible study method and I began to place the Word into context. As I have always had a community to belong to in churches and evangelical movements at the university, I have experienced how others have grown in faith, coped with different situations, and made their decisions. At the university I took part in a MEKDSZ group (which is the Hungarian version of International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), where I helped in various areas of the ministry. Later I became the leader of the local MEKDSZ group. My strong belief in my salvation dates back to this period. Both consulting with other Christians and reading books contributed to my knowledge and faith.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The lectures and seminars held at the European Leadership Forum greatly contribute to my benefit. Being part of a group of participants with the same mentality and ways of thinking makes me enthusiastic and strengthens me. At the university I usually meet people with very different ways of thinking, mostly skeptics, Gnostics, or powerless Christians. It is highly encouraging to learn from Forum lecturers and to get to know other Forum participants. As a mathematician I have a calling to share scientific apologetics ideas at my university, and to contribute to the growing respect and appreciation of faith and religion.

What is your ministry?

I regard my teaching job as my ministry. I try to be a Christian math lecturer with integrity. I have a calling to impart knowledge about the real relationship between science and faith, and to diminish popular atheistic thoughts about the exclusiveness and power of science and its bias about the foolishness of faith. Currently I give lectures about the philosophy of science, which fulfills this purpose. My goal is to be an understanding and competent professor who is available to answer her students’ questions. As part of this ministry I strive to be a good researcher and to have a word in the world of science. In the church I host, and I am also in charge of, a faith-building home group.

What are your past leadership roles?

As a student I led a local IFES group at the University of Debrecen for a two-year period.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I hope that there are people who will find my aims and area of ministry essential. I believe that promoting my development could be their extended ministry at the University of Pécs in Hungary.

Balazs Madas|| needs YRM funding ::

Balazs Madas|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What is your ministry?

I am member and supplementary preacher of a congregation in the Reformed Church. About ten times a year, I speak about the Bible in different groups of the
congregation. Sometimes I try to cover apologetics, and we have a series of talks about scientific and social science topics, and I also had an opportunity to speak about miracles and science.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in my ability to engage people in apologetic discussions.

What is your leadership role?

I am a senior research fellow in a Hungarian research centre. I am also leading a small research group with two PhD students and another young physicist. Most of my research is dealing with the biological and health effects of ionizing radiation with particular attention on mutagenesis and carcinogenesis. I am also very much
interested in mutation induction in different species in different environment.

Thomas Marmefelt|| needs YRM funding ::

Thomas Marmefelt|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Sweden

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What is your ministry?

I am a fellow and a member of the research council of the Clapham Institute, Sweden. My ministry there is to build up a research institute, bringing faith and science in harmony, something like the Acton Institute has done on economic personalism.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn more about model thinking on Bible texts, Epistemology on the application of the Bible on human evolution, Virtue ethics, and Artificial Intelligence.

What is your leadership role?

I am an Associate Professor of Economics, focusing on evolutionary economics, studying formation of norms and emergence of monetary arrangements, and the economy as a complex, evolving system. In 2018, I published my book, The History of Money and Monetary Arrangements: Insights from the Baltic and North Seas Region with Routledge. Now, I am working on virtues of alternative monetary arrangements from bills of exchange to cryptocurrencies, addressing market virtues, private monies, and stewardship.

Stepan Rucki|| needs YRM funding ::

Stepan Rucki|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What is your ministry?

For 18 years I have been the president (and one of the founders) of the Christian Fellowship for Health Service Workers – organizing many conferences for Czech doctors and nurses together with ICMDA and HCFI representatives. I personally have held many lectures on topics like the Christian view on alternative medicine, and ethical issues like sanctity of life, assisted reproduction, homosexuality etc. I am the author of the books like Alternative Medicine: Help, or Danger? and Is Anyone Among You Sick? (in Czech). I also spoke regularly on popular topics (ethics, evolution/creation, biblical truths) at the youth camps (e.g. X-camp in Smilovice).

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in my skills for writing and speaking on the topic of science and faith.

What is your leadership role?

At present I am working as the head of the pediatric department in community hospital (Trinec), participating in postgraduate specialization training of young physicians. Some years ago, I did scientific research in pediatric hypertension (PhD thesis on childhood ambulatory blood pressure monitoring at the Charles University in Prague). I have co-authored two books for the pediatricians: Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Pediatrics and Cardiologic Minimum for Practicing Pediatricians.

Christian Sewor|| needs YRM funding ::

Christian Sewor|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ghana

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What is your ministry?

My ministry is as an Associate Staff member of the Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical Students. As part of my duties, I speak to Christian Fellowships on the Origin of Life (Creation versus Evolution). I speak to students on the Problem of Suffering as it pertains to the Christian faith. I hope to explore more deeply on the theme of the origin of life.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to grow my skills on how to strategically reach the scientific mind with the Gospel, develop skills in properly appreciating the philosophical underpinnings of science, and grow in my public speaking skills.

What is your leadership role?

I did my undergraduate studies in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana after which I worked for a year as a teaching assistant in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Nutrition. I subsequently worked as a research assistant in the Public Health research group of my former department for six months where I coordinated field data collection, conducted systematic reviews, and wrote scientific manuscripts for publication. In terms of my long-term career goals, I hope to become a committed Christian Apologist and a researcher in the field of epidemiology.

Franziska Elterlein|| needs YRM funding ::

Franziska Elterlein|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Germany

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What is your ministry?

My ministry is the music team, which makes us dig deeper into each topic in order to connect it with a song that fits. My husband and I are part of a small group where we discuss all kinds of topics. As both of us are chemists, we represent the “scientific view” on things. Topics we have dealt with are p. ex. “can the bible be trusted what archeological findings do we have?” and “what about evolution?”

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in not being “ashamed” to show my faith in the scientific world and learn how I could even relate to people easier with general topics leading to a conversation about Jesus.

What is your leadership role?

I am currently pursuing my PhD in organic chemistry which involves practical research in the lab and documentation. As a PhD student I am involved in correcting exams and supervising laboratory classes. I hope to finish my PhD within the coming year. I would like to continue in a job that deals with chemical research, focusing on establishing new synthetic plans. This might be either in academia or in industry, but basic research oriented.

Emanuel Danci|| needs YRM funding ::

Emanuel Danci|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What is your ministry?

My ministry will be to provide a safe environment where students and young professionals in the engineering / science fields can expand their horizon and deepen their knowledge in the area of scientific apologetics. To address this problem, I plan on starting a study group where we can meet, discuss important topics, try to find answers to pressing issues together, and also organise public events.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in knowledge, both quantitatively and qualitatively and acquire new skills and insights into how to defend the Christian faith in one-on-one discussions. My focus for the next period is the exact reason for which I consider the Year-Round Mentoring program to be an excellent opportunity. It would be a great blessing and I consider that I would benefit immensely by studying the proposed topics and by being able to improve my presentation and conversational skills given the organised environment.

What is your leadership role?

I work as a Technical Lead for a SafeFleet, an international software company with headquarters in Romania, where I lead a major project with emphasis on algorithms. In addition, I do research in Natural Language Processing, a subfield of Artificial Intelligence, at one of the local universities and I also work as a Teaching Assistant for the Algorithms Design course. As for the future, I take into account the possibility of applying for a PhD position in Natural Language Processing, continuing as a Research Scientist in industry afterwards.

Simon Daster|| needs YRM funding ::

Simon Daster|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Switzerland

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to gain a deeper foundation of apologetic knowledge, develop a my communication skills and especially skills to discuss and interact with people.

What is your leadership role?

I’m a doctoral student in the field of experimental physics. I’m also involved in the local IFES student group and the post-grad group (also part of IFES).

Bjorn Hinderaker|| needs YRM funding ::

Bjorn Hinderaker|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Norway

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Academics

What is your ministry?

My passion is to help young Christians integrate apologetics in their Christian thinking and practice.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope do develop a framework and basis for allowing Christians to engage with apologetics, both practically and academically. I want their ministries and careers to have an apologetic edge, along with biblical basis.

What is your leadership role?

I teach at NLA University College, Gimlekollen Kristiansand. The main focus is our programme “Communication and Worldviews”, in the apologetic tradition of Schaeffer, Lewis, and Stott. I also teach foundational ethics for our journalist programmes at bachelor and masters level.

Richard Leibrandt|| needs YRM funding ::

Richard Leibrandt|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Germany

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Academics

What is your ministry?

My passion is to contribute clear thinking to the Christian community and demonstrate to non-Christians that rational thought and belief do not contradict each other.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to be intellectually challenged by the teaching and the relationships in this year-round program. I have many questions that I hope will get answered.

What is your leadership role?

I am a Doctoral Candidate at the Munich University of Technology.

Ulrike Leibrandt|| needs YRM funding ::

Ulrike Leibrandt|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Germany

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Academics

What is your ministry?

My passion is to make an impact in my students’ lives. Since I teach very clever people, maybe I don’t need to win every argument, but at least I want to show them that you can be a thinking individual and also believe in God.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to dive deeply in the Scriptures and be intellectually and spiritually challenged. As a result I can have richer and deeper conversations with those around me.

What is your leadership role?

I am a teacher in a Gymnasium (High School).

Johan Lundberg|| needs YRM funding ::

Johan Lundberg|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
United Kingdom

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Academics

What is your ministry?

My passion is to be a witness to Jesus in my field of study.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to grow in honouring God through my scholarship in pursuit of truth, to serve my students and colleagues sacrificially, to lead some of them to faith and help others come closer to Jesus, and to be a voice for Jesus within the academic community.

What is your leadership role?

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge. I am part of a three year project funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Deutsche Forschungsgemenischaft. The project investigates the rise of different punctuation systems in the Middle East and primarily focuses on the systems used in Syriac and Hebrew Bible and the Arabic Quran. I am responsible for the Syriac part of the project and also the management of the British side of the project.

Jack Bragg|| needs YRM funding ::

Jack Bragg|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
United States

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

I mentor a group of 4-5 believers, currently we are going through Rebecca McLaughlin’s book “Confronting Christianity” which deals with apologetic themes such as “Doesn’t religion hinder morality?”, “Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?”, “How can you say there’s only one true faith and isn’t the Bible full of contradictions?” The students are not involved in full time ministry but have had challenges in evangelism and want to know more about defending the faith.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to grown in 1. The ability to bring up Jesus or His Word and how important He is in a way that doesn’t seem artificial or forced in a routine conversation. 2. How to search the literature for what’s current and important and what questions are being asked now rather than what was popular to talk about 25 years ago. 3. The skill of remaining calm and under control when the person you are talking to becomes angry or confrontational.

What is your leadership role?

I completed a MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University in 2017. Since then I’ve started an Apologetics Interest Group at my home for interested believers, begun teaching in the area of apologetics at my church and been accepted as an associate missionary by Greater Europe Mission to help them teach apologetics to their missionaries. To that end I’ve become part of the Theology interest Group for GEM whose mission is to create a curriculum for their missionaries.

Jan Brechlin|| needs YRM funding ::

Jan Brechlin|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Germany

Occupation:
Apologetics/Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to train others to defend their faith.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to grow in my ability to train others to defend the faith in their circle of influence, i.e. family, friends and colleagues.

What is your leadership role?

I lead a small group of teenagers in preparing for their baptism. Additionally, every summer I organise mission trips to heavy metal festivals, where I prepare Christians to get ready for apologetic discussions.

Lydia Eberhard|| needs YRM funding ::

Lydia Eberhard|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Germany

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to foster discussion about science and faith issues with others.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to grow in my ability to lead the argument in a conversation, not getting side-tracked, while all the time staying connected to people’s needs and growing a relationship.

What is your leadership role?

I lead a small group of scientists that meets in my living room every month in order to discuss science and faith issues. We work through a book together, but it was mainly me who prepared everything, a meal, a lecture or at least a topic. I also organized a public lecture by Fritz Schaefer in Heidelberg.

Gerald Haupt|| needs YRM funding ::

Gerald Haupt|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

I’m discipling and mentoring people in church and mentoring missionaries. I would love to train people from church in our mission of apologetics. We have a discipleship program (DHouse) for young people (international and from Spain) where I could use the acquired skills and knowledge as well.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I wish to grow in crafting an apologetic strategy, crafting an apologetic talk, debating, argumentation, and how to train others in apologetics.

What is your leadership role?

I’m the Spain Area Director (field leader) of SEND International. Right now we have a total of 23 missionaries in Spain.

Janice Johnsonius|| needs YRM funding ::

Janice Johnsonius|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

My ministry is reaching Spanish urban professionals with the gospel of Jesus. I come alongside young people, middle and older adults (Spaniards primarily) who are believers, helping them to not only grow in their relationship with Christ but also understand how to share their faith and guide others into a personal relationship with Christ. In an extremely secular culture that is Spain (less than 1/2 of 1 percent are followers of Christ) they face a culture that is critical and combative toward Christianity, or at best sees it as irrelevant. My mentoring and training takes the form of meeting one-on-one with believers, or talking to churches or groups of believers.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to be better equipped to talk with people in a relevant, realistic, non-“religious” (without using “Christianese”) way about the issues and objections and barriers they are encountering that may be hindering them from coming to Christ. I don’t want to argue better or debate better. That serves no purpose, as winning an argument or debate is not going to help that person come to know Christ personally. I want to be able to walk
people through their questions and issues with grace and love, trusting in the conviction of the Holy Spirit as they encounter their sin and need for a Saviour.

What is your leadership role?

I am a career missionary with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, serving in Madrid Spain since 2002. My focus is on evangelism, discipleship, and church planting, centered on reaching Spanish urban professionals.

Per Ewert|| needs YRM funding ::

Per Ewert|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Sweden

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Academics

What is your ministry?

I am the author of five books on apologetics, human dignity, and how to convey the gospel in a secular society. I also write weekly editorials in one of Sweden’s Christian dailies, with the purpose of defending biblical Christianity in a deeply secular and individualistic culture.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to deepen my relationship with the Lord and Scripture, and to become more confident in hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is your leadership role?

I am the Director of the Clapham Institute, a Swedish Christian think tank and research institute.

Hristian Staykov|| needs YRM funding ::

Hristian Staykov|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Bulgaria

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to tell people about God, incorporating scientific evidence.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn when to stop a discussion to avoid regressing.

What is your leadership role?

I am a medical doctor and an assistant professor of pharmacology at the Medical University of Sofia. I am in the process of starting a PhD specialising in pharmacology. I am currently involved in a national programme called “Young Scientists and Postdoctoral Candidates” at the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, where I will be researching the effects of alpha-lipoic acid on different rodent models of dementia. I am also part of a scientific team that submitted a clinical research proposal with the aim to test the primary prophylactic effect of 3 natural substances against COVID-19.

Frances Widjaja|| needs YRM funding ::

Frances Widjaja|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
The Netherlands

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to share the Gospel and the good news that Jesus died for us so that we may not perish but gain eternal life.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn about books and resources to read about science and faith.

What is your leadership role?

I am currently a PhD candidate in Toxicology at the Wageningen University and Research Centre. I focus on developing alternative tests to reduce, refine, and replace animal testings, by using computer model to compare plant toxin pyrrolizidine alkaloids relative toxicity.

Bahdan Ranishenka|| needs YRM funding ::

Bahdan Ranishenka|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What is your ministry?

My ministry it to bring reformation in science, restoring the classical biblical image of science.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn how to effectively share the Gospel with other scientists.

What is your leadership role?

I’m a research associate and I am preparing for the defense of my PhD thesis.

Tatsiana Shahava|| needs YRM funding ::

Tatsiana Shahava|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Scientists

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to tell people about God, incorporating scientific evidence.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn how to show evidence of God using science, specifically mathematics.

What is your leadership role?

I’m PhD candidate in mathematics, currently working for Belarusian State University.

Nathaniel Ademoye|| needs YRM funding ::

Nathaniel Ademoye|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ireland

Occupation:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

The proclamation of the Gospel is always challenged. My ministry is to explain and affirm the truth of the Scriptures to others with opposing views, not in confrontation but in love, seeking that the Holy Spirit will bring illumination. Quoting Paul, who became all things to save some.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

The proclamation of the Gospel is always challenged, but I will like to learn how to better explain and affirm the truths enshrined in Scriptures to others with contrary views of the validity, not with a confrontation but in love, seeking that the Holy Spirit will bring illumination. I would also like to develop my apologetics strategy and to learn to give talks / debate in an honest, truthful manner.

What is your leadership role?

I am currently the Senior Pastor of Redeemites Community Group located in Waterford, Ireland, a parish under Redeemed Christian Church of God Ministry (Evangelical). I am an active community leader and collaborate with other secular and religious organisations: Catholic, Anglican, and Methodist.

Titus Buita|| needs YRM funding ::

Titus Buita|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ireland

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

I am involved with my home church in Dublin, Ireland. I serve as a youth leader. I also preach during Sunday services and youth nights and teach theology lessons

What do you hope to gain from participating?

My goal is to equip students with the necessary and relevant tools so that they can share and defend their faith efficiently. I would like to develop an apologetic strategy. I believe that every conversation we have with unbelievers must be like a chess game: the apologist must think of almost all possible outcomes and be ready by having three to five moves already thought of and prepared.

What is your leadership role?

In the past, I worked for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) based in Cluj, Romania. In my role as Regional Speaker and Head of programme, I spoke both nationally and internationally on various topics related to theology and philosophy of religion. I also co-hosted #AskAway (in Romanian), a video podcast where we discussed various topics related to Christianity such as the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, the Trinity, and so on. While pursuing my undergraduate studies at Moody Bible Institute in the USA, I also worked with Ratio Christi, a campus ministry, where I established the first-ever student apologetics society / club at Moody Bible Institute.

Mina Iskandar|| needs YRM funding ::

Mina Iskandar|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Egypt

Occupation:
Chidlren and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

I am a youth leader and the leader of a discipleship group. I have a passin for knowing and defending the Christian faith among non-Christians.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to improve my method of dialogue and understanding of how a sceptic thinks, as well as their argument and how we can turn it into something useful, and how do I, as a Christian person, present this clearly and simply.

What is your leadership role?

I am a youth leader and discipleship group leader.

Arber Jaupllari|| needs YRM funding ::

Arber Jaupllari|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Albania

Occupation:
Counseling

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

I became a Christina while serving a prison sentence in 2016. I serve as a prison chaplain where I minister to men who are serving prison time. I also work for Ignis Ministry , which plants churches.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn how to share about the credibility of the Bible. I want to grow in this area because I want to be well-equipped to share the Gospel.

What is your leadership role?

I am a prison chaplain and a church planter.

Adrzej Molin|| needs YRM funding ::

Adrzej Molin|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

I lead a student bible group. I also enjoy engagin people and sharing the good news of the gospel with them.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I am interested in apologetics because I think being a Christian is not only matter of faith but also thinking, and that faith is and should be based (also) on rational thinking. I would like to get to know more how we can defend our Christian faith in today’s world.

What is your leadership role?

I am a second leader of the Czech IFES student group at my university, Ostrava. I also play the piano for my church worship band.

Giuseppe Palermo|| needs YRM funding ::

Giuseppe Palermo|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

I am involved with university students and I have many opportunities to talk with them, sharing the Gospel. I also run a website to reach students.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I believe my gift is that of an evangelist; my passion is sharing the Gospel with others. I would like to develop in my apologetic strategy and crafting an apologetic talk.

What is your leadership role?

I spent ten years as part of the eldership of a church that started the church plant Bergamo Free Independent
Evangelical Church. During that time I worked with a national mission organization called Operation
Mobilization. In addition to being a church platner, I am also a blogger.

Siarhei Tsvor|| needs YRM funding ::

Siarhei Tsvor|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Organisational Development

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of a home church, which is a part of our mother church. We meet for Bible study, prayer, worship, and fellowship with one another. In addition, six years ago I created the Apologists Club. We meet together to read books on apologetics and to discuss many of the most important questions about the Christian faith, science, and philosophy. For example, this year we are discussing postmodernism, the new atheism, and the Christian worldview. Previously, we discussed evolution and creationism. I also mentor two university students.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to gain skills in strategic planning and gain more knowledge and receive advice from my mentors.

What is your leadership role?

For several years, I was the leader of the youth ministry for my church. I have also been a staff worker for CCX in Belarus, which is part of the ministry of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Belarus.

Julius Coomson|| needs forum funding ::

Julius Coomson|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Ghana

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Julius Coomson is a pastor of Legon Interdenominational Church, which is located on the campus of the University of Ghana.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a Catholic home where I was taught to attend mass every Sunday. I did this religiously but all the while I was empty within. This continued until my first year in the university where I heard the gospel faithfully preached. I realized I was a great sinner, but Jesus was a great savior. I responded to an altar call and made the finished work of Christ on the cross my own. I invited Jesus by faith to come and live in my heart. I have not looked back since.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

The defining moment for my faith was after I got saved. I was introduced to a faithful minister of the gospel who was discipling students on my university campus. He taught me the basics of the Christian faith, such as reading the scriptures, having a quiet time, and how to pray and evangelize effectively. That created a solid foundation for my Christian walk. I thank God I was discipled.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I hope to meet other gospel-centered ministers at the Forum, from whom I can learn new ideas for ministry. I believe as we meet, learn from, and pray for each other that I will be renewed for effective ministry upon my return. In addition, I hope to meet people who have been in ministry for a long time and who can mentor me. Furthermore, I expect to be exposed to new resources which may not be available in my context.

What is your ministry?

I am currently an associate pastor of a 1,500-member congregation located on the University of Ghana campus. I provide pastoral care and help train leaders for our church’s Bible study and ministry leadership needs. In addition, I run discipleship sessions for students on the university campus.

What are your past leadership roles?

By God’s grace I have held various leadership roles. In high school I was the Head Prefect for my school. I had the leadership responsibility of serving as a link between about 900 students and the school authorities. In the university I served as a hall president for the University Christian Fellowship (a member of IFES). I was responsible for the spiritual growth of about 2,000 university students. After university I obtained theological training and served as a Bible instructor for a Bible school on the University of Ghana campus. In addition, I pioneered a discipleship program for university students and by God’s grace over 2,500 students have been discipled through this initiative. I was later employed by a church to serve as the Outreach and Ministry Director. I was responsible for developing outreach training to help the members of the church become effective in reaching out to others through evangelism.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My ministry is impacting and shaping lives greatly for God’s glory. There are many groups who are working hard to lead these young students astray, but by God’s grace my ministry is strategically being used by God to preserve these precious lives. Simply put, investing in my training will reach a lot more people for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Beryl Atieno Omondi|| needs forum funding ::

Beryl Atieno Omondi|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Kenya

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Other

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Worship

Beryl Atieno Omondi is the worship leader of Outreach Community Church.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in 2009 during a home Bible study in my uncle’s home. They had a Bible study every night. Being that I was the only one from my family with such an opportunity to learn more about Christ, I decided to give my life to Christ and bring the light of God to my family, too.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My uncle and my aunty are my mentors and my spiritual parents. They have had a very great impact on my walk with Christ. In 2017, my mother gave her life to Christ and this made me to seek God more and more for His Goodness.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I expect to learn more from the people I meet, both through the life experiences and also from the teaching I receive from experienced teachers and preachers.

What is your ministry?

My current ministry is worship ministry. I am the worship leader of Outreach Community Church. I have seen God changing my life and the lives of others through worship. I have come to see that this is my life purpose. I am dedicated to growing before the Lord and helping shepherd others to Him in worship.

What are your past leadership roles?

My past leadership role was high school ministry. After giving my life to Christ, I could not keep the good news to myself. I began preaching the Word of God to my fellow students who were not born again at that time. I was also the leader of the Christian Union at my university.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

By investing in me you are also investing in the lives of everyone who I minister to.

Andrei Daniel Miraute|| needs forum funding ::

Andrei Daniel Miraute|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Apologetics

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.

Giuseppe Palermo|| needs forum funding ::

Giuseppe Palermo|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

Giuseppe Palermo is a church planter and leads several short-term mission trips in Italy each year.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my decision to trust the Lord at the age of 13 at a Christian summer camp. However, until the age of 19 I was not consistent, and did not have a real grasp of what it meant to follow Jesus. After more study and guidance from other Christians in my life, I recommitted my life to the Lord and the change was evident to all. Since then life with Christ has been much more real.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I think the most important thing for me was the training I received at London Theological Seminary. Studying God’s Word and being trained and taught by great men of God was life changing for me. I appreciated the quality time spent with these people, which enabled me to have a much deeper understanding and knowledge of the Word of God, and how to live it out practically on a day-to-day basis.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The teaching at the European Leadership Forum is amazing and a great blessing. The Forum has lots of resources, fellowship, and interaction with other people involved in different ministries throughout Europe. There is good networking and I have received great deal of helpful information for my ministry in Italy. I want to return to the Forum to meet other Christian leaders from all over the world. I want to learn from them and have fellowship with them. I also want to see if there are any opportunities to partner in ministry and to learn how to better pray for my brothers and sisters more effectively.

What is your ministry?

I work among students and am involved with another missionary family in church planting here in Milan. We started off with some small home Bible studies and now rent a building every Sunday to meet and worship together. I am also part of a mission network called Italian Ministries. I am one of the founders of this network and also part of the board. I lead four short term mission trips each year.

What are your past leadership roles?

I spent ten years as part of the eldership of a church that started the church plant Bergamo Free Independent Evangelical Church. During that time I worked with a national mission organization called Operation Mobilization.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My only goal is to reach out to others with the Gospel, to share Christ, and to be involved in telling others the Good News. I also have a heart to help the local church by training and helping young people to preach and teach. There is an urgent need here in Italy and my burden is great, so any investment is greatly appreciated.

Andrzej Kempczynski|| needs forum funding ::

Andrzej Kempczynski|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

Andrzej Kempczynski is a church planter in Poland.

When did you trust Christ?

I grew up in a small town where there is no evangelical church. When I was in my last year of secondary school, I had older friends who had moved to Warsaw for university, coming home on the weekends. One Friday, one of my friends visited me and told me that he had become a born-again believer. Another Friday, another friend visited me and told me that he had become a born-again believer. Then another Friday, another friend came and also told me about his conversion. They all, like me, had been Roman Catholic. Two of them were nominal and one was devout, so that made me think about Christianity. Although I was Roman Catholic, I rather thought of myself as an atheist. I had questions, and they provided the answers. Eventually, I wanted to become a born-again believer too. On November 30, 1993, I confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I joined my friends’ church once I moved to Warsaw to continue my education. Because there were splits in the church, I decided to change churches. My other friends invited me to a new Baptist church in Warsaw. I decided to stay there, but I did not know anything about Baptists apart from stereotypes. I started looking for information on the internet about Baptists, and I found information about Charles Spurgeon, the most famous Baptist preacher. That was the defining moment of my Christian walk. I started reading his sermons, and after a very poor ‘diet’ at my previous church, it was like a three-course meal. Spurgeon used expressions I did not understand, so I started researching more and reading books about these issues. At the same time I started to be hungry for theology and wanted to grow in understanding, so I went to the Warsaw Baptist Theological Seminary. During seminary, the conviction in my heart grew that I should think about full-time church ministry. Because I did not think I had enough preparation, together with my wife, we decided to leave Poland for the United Kingdom (UK) to study at London Seminary (formerly London Theological Seminary). We spent almost 4 years in the UK, and were subsequently sent to Poland as church planters.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

It will help me to focus on the subject of my interest. I am thinking about reaching young people, and to that end, I think it would be helpful to focus on apologetics. It is not my strong suit, but if I learn a bit more I could impact the young people in our town.

What is your ministry?

We are involved in church planting. That means I have to do a bit of everything. I am an evangelist, and that includes street evangelism as well as writing tracts. I am also a pastor and prepare sermons.

What are your past leadership roles?

This is my first leadership role.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

We are the only evangelical church in our town of almost 53,000 people. We are also the only evangelical church in our county of almost 110,000 people. If there is a way we can reach these people with the gospel, we would like to do it. We are a small group, but we would like to see people converted to biblical Christianity. What I would learn at the Forum would also benefit our church, and equip my brothers and sister to talk to their unbelieving friends on a different level.

Emanuel Pela|| needs forum funding ::

Emanuel Pela|| needs forum funding ::

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.

Antoni Bokun|| needs forum funding ::

Antoni Bokun|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

When did you trust Christ?

I was born in a Roman Catholic family, but my parents did not visit the church because during the time of Communist rule in Minsk there was no Catholic church. In 1993 I met a group of young people in Catholic Holy Trinity Church in Minsk who studied the Bible every week. The leader of that group was a student from Poland named Jaroslaw Lukasik. In 1994 I was born again.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In 1999, the Catholic cardinal of Minsk said that we must disband our congregation as we were more Protestant than Catholic. We became evangelicals at John the Forerunner Pentecostal Church. Since 1997, I have been working towards publishing the Bible in Belarusian, because although the first Bible in Belarusian was printed in 1517, to this day there is no commonly used text of Holy Scripture in Belarusian. I wrote the book “The Golden Age of Belarus” in 2001. This book is an analysis of the religious history of Belarus in the 16th century. I am also one of the organizers of the East European Leadership Forum, which is held annually in Kiev, Ukraine.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

In Belarus we need to communicate with Christian leaders from abroad, especially from Europe, to learn from them and to share what the Lord has revealed to us. The Forum increases my skills in apologetics and is a good opportunity to get inspired by Christian leaders from all over Europe.

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor of a 100 member Pentecostal congregation in Minsk, Belarus – John the Forerunner Church. Our church works among students, intellectuals, and political activists. I took over the leadership in 2007 when the co-pastor Jaroslaw Lukasik was deported. Each year we serve about 500 students and young people from different universities. Our children’s ministry serves more than 2,000 children each year. Also this year our church organized 35 apologetics discussion clubs for students and 30 street evangelization events.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

In the age of Reformation the main part of the Belarusian elite were Protestant. But in the 17th century the “treason” of Reformation by the Belarusian elite caused a state of permanent crisis, from which the Belarusian nation has not recovered. In present times, evangelicals are the most dynamic and organized group in Belarusian society. But the great weakness of the church is a lack of educated Christian leaders because under Communist rule Christians were prohibited from attending university. A key problem for Belarusians is a lack of national identity. If the church provides a solution to this problem, the Christians can impact the making of the Belarusian nation.


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