What is your ministry?
As director, I lead the Evangelical Theological Seminary, which educates in three main areas: theology, pastoral care, and social care. Our seminary currently has about 60 students. As Czech Alpha board chair, I oversee the development of Alpha and related courses in Czech Republic. The Czech Alpha network has around 1,500 lay course leaders and helpers in local courses.
When did you trust Christ?
I became a Christian in the spring of 1992 after reading the Bible on my own for three years. At the time of my decision I was attending a course to learn about the basics of Christianity. During this course, I submitted my life to Jesus Christ. I was then baptized and became a member of a Christian fellowship in Prague.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
My first ministry was as a home group leader. I was deeply influenced by my pastor Mojmir Kallus, who led our church during those days. I can name a lot of other Czech church leaders who contributed into my life. Thanks to his leading, in 1996 I became an elder and, in 1998, the pastor of our church. I left the church in 2017 to become the director of the Evangelical Theological Seminary. From an international perspective, I was influenced by Derek Prince, who I met once personally at a conference in 1994, and also by his books. Later, I was influenced by Alan Vincent, whom I translated at various conferences.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
I hope to be inspired by other leaders. I also hope to meet other Christians who are working in similar ministries across Europe so that we can learn from each other and partner with each other. Theological education in our country suffers. After 1989, there were four similar seminaries established. Today only two of these four exist. I strongly believe in need of local evangelical seminaries. I need inspiration for how I might develop this more fully in Czech Republic.
What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?
I became a church elder in 1996. I was a pastor from 1998-2017. I have been in my current role since 2017.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Evangelical Theological Seminary prepares leaders for next-generation churches. I strongly believe this is something worth investing in. Alpha tries to evangelize our nation, strengthen the Czech church, and thus transform our society. As this was a leading motive of my past ministry on both local (as pastor) and national levels, I believe that there might be other people of a similar passion.