Steven Hamilton|| YRM funded ::

Steven Hamilton|| YRM funded ::

Country:
United Kingdom

Occupation:
Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

I have been involved in various ministries and have worked for 4 years with Youth For Christ, encouraging, supporting, and pioneering youth outreach in and through churches throughout the whole region of North East Scotland. This showed me just how many small churches there are with individuals often wanting to do something to give the church a bit of life, but are struggling and feeling isolated. When I was called by the church I currently serve in, I felt a slight degree of expectation to bring a bit of life to a congregation of mainly older folks. I have been encouraged to see the church grow in numbers and local mission engagement over my time serving there. I have a passion to see in smaller, even struggling and dying congregations come to life.


What do you hope to gain from participating?

It will be helpful to be challenged by a variety of people from different backgrounds and missional contexts. Meeting others and sharing about work and praying together will be inspiring. Receiving the level of deep and focused training in areas like preaching and mission is also a big reason for going.


What is your leadership role?

I serve as an elder and full-time church worker in a small independent evangelical church (around 30 members). I am responsible on a fortnightly basis for the Sunday teaching, leading a Bible study/prayer meeting, and running a food bank. I am responsible for the youth and student work in partnership with other groups like Scripture Union, UCCF and Friends International.


Jaap Ketelaar|| YRM funded ::

Jaap Ketelaar|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Netherlands

Occupation:
Pastoring

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

The missional calling of the Church has my heart and gives me my drive and focus. I feel called to help ‘the existing church’ transition from a more institutional way of working to rediscovering the church as movement (Alan Hirsch-mDNA). Since 2005 I have offered my service as an interim-pastor and have in that role since then served 12 churches in The Netherlands.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to develop new relationships and become part of an international learning community.

What is your leadership role?

Currently I serve as pastor in the Baptist Church of Katwijk. In addition I also serve as an interim-pastor in another church where the church planter is retiring after 25 yrs. I am also helping them discern where God wants to lead them and transition into the next phase.

Ismael Sanchez Cortes|| YRM funded ::

Ismael Sanchez Cortes|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Pastoring

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My passion is to see all the churches in Spain and also my local church blossoming in discipleship, evangelism, and be Bible-centered churches. I have spent years trying to help my local church to press on evangelistic efforts, putting the mission in the center of our strategy or discipleship as a priority.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to acquire skills for better planning and vision skills and tools. I would also like to learn more how to better disciple and how to encourage people to be motivated and excited about the church’s mission and vision.

What is your leadership role?

I am a staff worker at GBU Spain, the IFES movement in Spain. Apart from that, I preach in my church, I am youth leader and I am also involved in planning and strategy.

Oleksandr Savych|| needs YRM funding ::

Oleksandr Savych|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Pastoring, Church Planting

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to mentor my students to help them grow and develop their own churches.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn how to do an evaluation process and use instruments for that, and how to lead a leadership team during a time of transition. Additionally, I would like to learn how to help the church with the need of revitalisation and to achieve lasting changes in values and vision that are not just temporary.

What is your leadership role?

I’m director of Pastoral Leadership Program at Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary in Lviv, Ukraine. I have 85 students in this program right now.

Charles DeWitt|| YRM funded ::

Charles DeWitt|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Pastoring

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

In addition to pastoring my church, I also serve on the national leadership team of M4 Spain, a church planting movement. I have a passion for starting new churches but also for revitalising churches who are showing signs of stagnation, lack of vision, goals, priorities, etc.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to develop a realistic plan for myself and for the church to reverse the trend towards stagnation and death.

What is your leadership role?

I’m one of 4 pastors at the Catedral del Redentor (Cathedral of the Redeemer) of the Anglican Church of Spain in Madrid. This is a historic, downtown, Spanish-speaking Anglican church. I preach 2-3 times/month, teach Adult Sunday School, oversee children’s Sunday School, and organise outreach events.

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).

Albert Crespo|| YRM funded ::

Albert Crespo|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to serve the church to revitalize it in multiple areas: prayer meeting, bringing back the Lord’s supper and the kid’s service, and I have started missions meetings, church lunches, and weekly meetings with local children.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in patience, perseverance, clarity of objectives, serving people, seeing and anticipating needs and weaknesses, and discipleship.

What is your leadership role?

I’m an elder in my church involved in preaching, shepherding, and sharing and promoting the vision of the church.

Andrew Brown|| YRM funded ::

Andrew Brown|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Northern Ireland

Occupation:
Pastoring

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My ministry is the development of God’s people as part of a strong fellowship, spiritual growth, and outreach. My passion is to revitalize our church, as a denomination, a congregation, and as individuals.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn how to better prioritize, how to pace for sustainability and how to identify, develop and oversee the right people for the right role.

What is your leadership role?

I am a Minister in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, based in Coleraine. I have primary responsibility in all areas of concretional life.

Daniel Fodorean|| needs forum funding ::

Daniel Fodorean|| needs forum funding ::

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.

Mihaela Popa|| needs forum funding ::

Mihaela Popa|| needs forum funding ::

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.

Marian Kanuch|| needs forum funding ::

Marian Kanuch|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Revitalization

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Marian Kanuch is a pastor in Zilina, Slovakia, and a PhD student.

When did you trust Christ?

I turned to Christ at a youth conference when I was 16-years-old.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My pastor encouraged me to study Theology and I then took a summer internship at a Lutheran church in Reading, Pennsylvania, in the U.S. in 2003. I was also affected by reading Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Church.”

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Every leader needs to grow in his ministry, faith, skills, abilities, and relationships. The Forum prepares me to confront contemporary challenges and provides me with accountability. The Forum is a great opportunity for spiritual and personal growth. It is a place to grow spiritually, to connect with other leaders, to gain a deeper understanding of our faith, and to receive encouragement. It is the best tool available to me to improve my leadership skills. It is a great place to network with other believers and to form new relationships with other Christian leaders. Every year I invite other leaders from my church and my area to attend the Forum, so that they can receive excellent training. The Forum also has a great bookstore where I am able to purchase excellent books at a discounted price.

What is your ministry?

I am a Lutheran pastor in Zilina, Slovakia, to a congregation of more than 2,000 people. My responsibilities include preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and more. I am also the vice bishop for our denomination in the East district. I oversee 22 local congregations – almost 30,000 people. In May of 2018 I finished my PhD studies at the Lutheran Seminary Bratislava on the topic of “Planting New Churches as a Challenge for Lutheran Missiology.”

Zsolt Istvan Albert|| needs forum funding ::

Zsolt Istvan Albert|| needs forum funding ::

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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