(Associate Pastor, Carnforth, Lancashire)
Cristi was born in Timisoara – a city famous for being the starting place of the 1989 Romanian anti-communist Revolution. He is an only child and was brought up in a very moral environment, strongly influenced by the Eastern Orthodox faith.
Through the grace of God, he was introduced to the Gospel message (The Wordless Book), which he received by making a Christian commitment at the age of 9. Soon after that he started attending a local Baptist Church where he experienced revival first hand – seeing people saved weekly. He started preaching at 14 in small rural satellite Churches and got involved in the youth work of the church as well as interpreting for different foreign visitors.
He was training to become a nurse and was planning to study Law at the local University but through an amazing and miraculous set of ‘God-incidences’ he felt called into ‘full time ministry’ and in 1993 arrived in Birmingham where he studied at Birmingham Bible Institute for five years, obtaining a Diploma in Pastoral Theology, Cambridge Certificate in Religious Studies and a BA in Theology.
Things took another unexpected turn when he felt called to serve the Kingdom work here in the UK. In October 1998 he started working as a volunteer Church Worker for Carnforth Free Methodist Church. In January 2001 he was recognized as Assistant Pastor in Carnforth and in May 2005 he was ordained (Reverend).
He has continued to serve as Associate Pastor in the Carnforth congregation. During that time he has been involved in establishing the Youth Ministry and Small Groups Ministry at CFMC, speaking at local Universities, lecturing at Capernwray Bible School, setting up a local inter-church youth event - LIVE and a local ministry for young adults and students – LiveTwenties (now 10:25). Cristi has also ministered cross-culturally in Romania, India, Germany and Italy.
His heart beats quicker at hearing subjects like preaching, ecclesiology, small groups, and discipleship. His ultimate pursuit is that the name of Christ will be magnified through him, the life of Christ seen through him, the Gospel of Jesus to be proclaimed by him!
‘I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.’ Galatians 2:20