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Advisory Council

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The OSIMS Advisory Council helps to set a strategy for the Institute and serves as a consultant board. The council members are senior mission leaders and missiologists from Central and Eastern Europe.

Corneliu Constantineanu

Romania

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Corneliu is a Professor of Biblical Theology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, ‘Aurel Vlaicu’ University of Arad, Romania and Director of Research at the Institute for Faith and Human Flourishing in Timișoara, Romania. After earning an engineering degree, with a specialization in biotechnologies, Corneliu obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in theology (summa cum laude) from Evanđeoski Teološki Fakultet in Osijek, Croatia. Corneliu completed his PhD in theology at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and the University of Leeds, UK (2006), with an interdisciplinary study on Pauline and contextual theology, with a focus on the social dimension of reconciliation.

Corneliu has served as President of the Theological Pentecostal Institute in Bucharest, Romania (2010–2014) and Academic Dean of Evanđeoski Teološki Fakultet in Osijek, Croatia (2007–2009), where he also taught for more than 16 years. In addition to his specialization and publications in the areas of Pauline theology and reconciliation, Corneliu has a special interest in pursuing a holistic understanding of the gospel as public truth, thus trying to integrate Christian faith with cultural, social and political realities of everyday life.

His publications include, The Power of the Gospel: A Plea for the Word of God (Bucharest, 2013); First the Kingdom of God: A Festschrift in Honour of Prof. Dr. Peter Kuzmič (co-editor with Miroslav Volf, Marcel V. Măcelaru and Krešimir Šimić, Osijek, 2011); The Social Significance of Reconciliation in Paul’s Theology: Narrative Readings in Romans (T&T Clark, 2010); and Encountering the Other: Studies in Reconciliation (Cluj-Napoca, 2009). Corneliu is married to Ioana and they have two daughters, Anamaria and Carmen.

Slavko Hadzic

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Slavko is the pastor of an evangelical church in Bosnia since 2003, “Langham Preaching” regional coordinator for Balkan since 2016 and also has been an active member of FEUER (Fellowship of European University Evangelists) since 2008. Every year he speaks at several mission week conferences in universities across Europe. In addition to teaching evangelism at a Bible school in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slavko has also been involved in street evangelism and training and equipping people for expository, exegetical preaching of the Bible. Slavko is married to Sanja and has two children.

Danut Manastireanu

Romania

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Dănuț has served until recently as Director for Faith and Development for the Middle East and the Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International, and has taught Theology and Spirituality at: Eastern University in St. Davids, PA; ‘Emanuel’ University in Oradea, Romania; the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia; and the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic. Dănuț holds a PhD in Theology from Brunel University, London, UK, with a thesis titled A Perichoretic Model of the Church: The Trinitarian Ecclesiology of Dumitru Stăniloae, published in 2012 by Lambert, in Saarbrucken, Germany.

Katharina Penner

Germany-Russia

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Katharina serves as the Coordinator for Library Development of the EAAA (Eurasian Accrediting Association) and is involved in library and educational technology consulting. She was born in Soviet Kyrgyzstan and has previously worked in dual positions of teaching faculty and librarian at St. Petersburg Christian University (Russia), International Baptist Theological Seminary (Czech Republic) and TCM International Institute (Austria). Katharina holds Master degrees in Theology (MBBS) and in Library and Information Studies (Wales Univesity in Aberystwyth).

She is also the Coordinator for the Central Eastern European Bible Commentary.

Katharina is married to Peter Penner. They have two children.

Peter F Penner

Germany-Russia

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Peter was born and grew up in the former Soviet Union, in the present country of Kazakhstan. He studied theology and mission in Germany, USA (MDiv), South Africa (MTh and DTh) and Hungary (Dr habil). Peter Penner, PhD (Austria) served as pastor and theological educator in different places while being involved in the leadership of St Petersburg Christian University (Russia), International Baptist Theological Seminary (Czech Republic), TCM International Institute (Austria) and the Euro-Asiatic Accrediting Association (Eurasia). He has published monographs and articles and has edited many books in the area of Bible and mission. For the Slavic Bible Commentary, he wrote the commentaries on Luke and Acts and edited the NT section of the commentary. He serves as Director of Advanced Studies of the Euro-Asiatic Accrediting Association. Peter is married to Katharina Penner. They have two children.

List of publications
Ivan Rusyn

Ukraine

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Ivan Rusyn is a president and a professor of missions at Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary. Ivan holds Master degree in Contextual Missiology (Wales University) and Master degree in International Relations (Uzhorod National University). Ivan is a PhD student at the National University of Dragomanov in Ukraine.

Besides his role at UETS, Ivan Rusyn is also head of the education department of the Union of Free Churches of Evangelical Faith in Ukraine and serves on the board of the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association.

Corneliu Constantineanu

Romania

Details

Corneliu is a Professor of Biblical Theology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, ‘Aurel Vlaicu’ University of Arad, Romania and Director of Research at the Institute for Faith and Human Flourishing in Timișoara, Romania. After earning an engineering degree, with a specialization in biotechnologies, Corneliu obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in theology (summa cum laude) from Evanđeoski Teološki Fakultet in Osijek, Croatia. Corneliu completed his PhD in theology at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and the University of Leeds, UK (2006), with an interdisciplinary study on Pauline and contextual theology, with a focus on the social dimension of reconciliation.

Corneliu has served as President of the Theological Pentecostal Institute in Bucharest, Romania (2010–2014) and Academic Dean of Evanđeoski Teološki Fakultet in Osijek, Croatia (2007–2009), where he also taught for more than 16 years. In addition to his specialization and publications in the areas of Pauline theology and reconciliation, Corneliu has a special interest in pursuing a holistic understanding of the gospel as public truth, thus trying to integrate Christian faith with cultural, social and political realities of everyday life.

His publications include, The Power of the Gospel: A Plea for the Word of God (Bucharest, 2013); First the Kingdom of God: A Festschrift in Honour of Prof. Dr. Peter Kuzmič (co-editor with Miroslav Volf, Marcel V. Măcelaru and Krešimir Šimić, Osijek, 2011); The Social Significance of Reconciliation in Paul’s Theology: Narrative Readings in Romans (T&T Clark, 2010); and Encountering the Other: Studies in Reconciliation (Cluj-Napoca, 2009). Corneliu is married to Ioana and they have two daughters, Anamaria and Carmen.

Slavko Hadzic

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Details

Slavko is the pastor of an evangelical church in Bosnia since 2003, “Langham Preaching” regional coordinator for Balkan since 2016 and also has been an active member of FEUER (Fellowship of European University Evangelists) since 2008. Every year he speaks at several mission week conferences in universities across Europe. In addition to teaching evangelism at a Bible school in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slavko has also been involved in street evangelism and training and equipping people for expository, exegetical preaching of the Bible. Slavko is married to Sanja and has two children.

Danut Manastireanu

Romania

Details

Dănuț has served until recently as Director for Faith and Development for the Middle East and the Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International, and has taught Theology and Spirituality at: Eastern University in St. Davids, PA; ‘Emanuel’ University in Oradea, Romania; the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia; and the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic. Dănuț holds a PhD in Theology from Brunel University, London, UK, with a thesis titled A Perichoretic Model of the Church: The Trinitarian Ecclesiology of Dumitru Stăniloae, published in 2012 by Lambert, in Saarbrucken, Germany.

Katharina Penner

Germany-Russia

Details

Katharina serves as the Coordinator for Library Development of the EAAA (Eurasian Accrediting Association) and is involved in library and educational technology consulting. She was born in Soviet Kyrgyzstan and has previously worked in dual positions of teaching faculty and librarian at St. Petersburg Christian University (Russia), International Baptist Theological Seminary (Czech Republic) and TCM International Institute (Austria). Katharina holds Master degrees in Theology (MBBS) and in Library and Information Studies (Wales Univesity in Aberystwyth).

She is also the Coordinator for the Central Eastern European Bible Commentary.

Katharina is married to Peter Penner. They have two children.

Peter F Penner

Germany-Russia

Details

Peter was born and grew up in the former Soviet Union, in the present country of Kazakhstan. He studied theology and mission in Germany, USA (MDiv), South Africa (MTh and DTh) and Hungary (Dr habil). Peter Penner, PhD (Austria) served as pastor and theological educator in different places while being involved in the leadership of St Petersburg Christian University (Russia), International Baptist Theological Seminary (Czech Republic), TCM International Institute (Austria) and the Euro-Asiatic Accrediting Association (Eurasia). He has published monographs and articles and has edited many books in the area of Bible and mission. For the Slavic Bible Commentary, he wrote the commentaries on Luke and Acts and edited the NT section of the commentary. He serves as Director of Advanced Studies of the Euro-Asiatic Accrediting Association. Peter is married to Katharina Penner. They have two children.

List of publications
Ivan Rusyn

Ukraine

Details

Ivan Rusyn is a president and a professor of missions at Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary. Ivan holds Master degree in Contextual Missiology (Wales University) and Master degree in International Relations (Uzhorod National University). Ivan is a PhD student at the National University of Dragomanov in Ukraine.

Besides his role at UETS, Ivan Rusyn is also head of the education department of the Union of Free Churches of Evangelical Faith in Ukraine and serves on the board of the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association.