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Jan Henzel

Jan Henzel
Person Details
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  • Slovakia
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2023 Theologians Network

Ministry Focus

  • Pastoring and Bible Teaching


  • University

Funding Status (ELF)

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

As General Secretary of the Evangelical Free Church (Cirkev Bratska), I represent our denomination to other denominations inside and outside Slovakia and the state. In addition, I am primarily involved in organizing and training Pastors and Pastor-candidates at conferences and seminars. I am also part of the Committee for humanitarian help for Ukraine.

When did you trust Christ?

I accepted Christ in 1969, at the age of 15, during an evangelistic summer camp. My decision was preceded by several months of personal spiritual struggle, during which I was acutely aware of my sinfulness. I knew about Christ’s death for me, but it was only at the camp that I surrendered my life to Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My pastor and predecessor discipled me for several years and helped develop my love for the Bible and good theological books. In 1972, I applied to study theology but was not allowed by our Communist state authorities. After that, I was closely watched by the secret police and could not receive a promotion at work until the fall of Communism in 1989. Finally, in 1992-1993, I completed my first theological degree at London Bible College. In 2001, I completed my Ph.D. in Systematic Theology.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I have participated in the Forum's work for several years because it helps me stay up-to-date with recent theology developments and evangelical theologians' responses. The Forum has made it possible for me to make personal contacts with other European theologians. It has helped widen my horizon within the evangelical movement in Europe, something that I am still working to instill into the thinking and ministry of my denomination and other churches. Around the world, but in Eastern Europe mainly, believers are divided by denomination. It is frustrating as a leader of leaders to know that there are many great Christian men and women in my country with resources and ideas that will spread evangelical thinking, and yet without the Forum, I would have never known them. I can now unite with other evangelical leaders, and we spread the Gospel more efficiently and effectively by working together rather than on our own. I would not be able to say this was happening without the work of the Forum. I want to continue developing all the benefits I mentioned and build and strengthen the connection between the excellent resources provided by the Forum and our needs in Slovakia.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I desire to enrich and expand my expositional preaching ministry in my church and abroad. People must focus on what God wants to say through His Word rather than what makes them feel good. I want to be able to serve and teach a broader range of people. By investing in my ministry, you will encourage the integration of Eastern European ministry and theological research into the international evangelical movement. We, as evangelical Christians, are called to be agents of hope for Europe.