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Marius-Daniel Ban

Marius-Daniel Ban
Person Details
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Country

  • Romania
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Academic Network

Ministry Focus

  • Education and/or Training

Occupation

  • Education

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

At Impact Church, I am on the leadership Board and I am involved in the teaching and preaching. At the Bible College, I teach philosophy and religion and I develop new study programs. Most recently, I developed an MA in Theology and Culture, accredited by the European Council for Theological Education.

When did you trust Christ?

I was brought up in a traditional Christian family. Yet, I didn’t make the decision to receive Christ as my personal Savior until I was seventeen. It was the last evening of a national youth conference when, without really having an invitation from the preacher, I knew that God was calling me to take the next step.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Without a doubt my parents have played an important role in inspiring my love for God and for people around me. A specific moment is when I was appointed as a youth pastor in ‘Speranta’ church Timisoara. Having served there for nearly four years I finally became aware that the Romanian evangelical church might be in danger of preaching the gospel in isolation. It was at that moment that I felt God was calling me to do something to bridge the gap between the church and the secularized culture. In this regard, the ability to articulate a Christian worldview became an important task for me. That’s why I went to London and studied for a Masters degree in Philosophy of Religion at University of London. At this point, writings of scholars like Plantinga, Swinburne, Stump and Craig have made a tremendous difference in my spiritual journey.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would be very grateful if given the opportunity to return to the Forum. I am positive that the networking opportunities and the resources provided by the Forum will be instrumental in the new phase of my ministry with the European Bible College.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I try to introduce different apologetic themes to young adults from Romania, so that they might be able to give a coherent answer when faced with hard, skeptic questions. In order to do that I use public speaking and lead group discussions. Another important feature of my ministry is the opportunity to be a guest speaker in church and youth services. Investing in my ministry will help equip me to continue in all of these areas of work.