After the collapse of communism in Romania and Easter Europe, the greatest need in ministry was the training and equipping of church leaders. To help meet this need, John Vatran decided, in 1994, to begin teaching in the Baptist seminary, as well as the University of Bucharest. Over the years, John has counseled, mentored, and taught hundreds of students – many of whom now serve the Lord in various ministries throughout Romania.
John’s vision for ministry didn’t stop at the classroom level. Together, with his wife Estera, they developed a hands-on approach to leadership training. As hundreds of new churches were planted, the need for additional pastors and trained church leaders was great. Because of this great need, John was able to serve as interim pastor in various churches across the country – from small congregations, to some with well over 600 members. At each church he served at, John worked with pastoral interns and seminary students to help develop a vision and build their team.
The Vatrans are committed to evangelizing the lost and enriching the church through leadership training. Helping to establish trained ministry teams for various churches continues to help national churches through leadership crises. Throughout their ministry in Romania, the power of the Holy Spirit and the blessings of God were evident in the lives of new leaders who were trained, as well as the hundreds of new believers who were baptized and had joined local churches.