Head of Center for Biblical Research (CBI)
Danijel Berković (1954) received his M.Th. and Ph.D. and is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Old Testament Linguistics. He has been involved in pastoral ministry for more than twenty years. From 1985 to 1997, he was involved in several local and foreign theological schools as a full-time and a guest lecturer of Old Testament and Hebrew language. Since 1999, he has been teaching Hebrew and Old Testament at Theological Faculty “Matija Vlačić Ilirik”, and since 2004 at the Bible Institute in Zagreb. He is a member of the translation group for a new Bible translation in The Croatian Bible Society (HBD). His works are frequently published in theological journals concerning Old Testament, Bible translation and Biblical studies. He lives in Sv. Nedelja with his wife Janet. They have three children: Helen, Benjamin and Rebecca.
Mark Black is a full-time professor of the New Testament and Biblical Ethics at Lipscomb University. He received his B.A. from Freed-Hardeman University, his M.A. and M.Th. from Harding University and Th.M. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He has ministered in many local churches in the US for many years. He serves as the Associate Dean at Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University, and a member of the Editorial Board of „Kairos“ – Evangelical Journal of Theology, published by the Bible Institute in Zagreb. Dr. Black teaches Luke-Acts and Bible Ethics at the Bible Institute in Zagreb, thanks to the agreement of cooperation between the Bible Institute and Lipscomb University.
Lecturer and academic dean assistant
Ervin Budiselić was born in 1975 in Zagreb. He graduated from the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Osijek. He continued his studies at Abilene Christian University in the US, and earned his M.Th. degree from Evangelical Theological Faculty in Osijek. Ervin is currently completing his Ph.D. in New Testament at Faculty of Theology in Ljubljana. A number of his articles have been published in national and international journals, and he has taught several courses. He is a member of the editorial board of Kairos. He is the Academic Dean, and he teaches Introduction to the New Testament and Introduction to the Hermeneutics at the Biblical Institute in Zagreb. He lives outside of Zagreb with his wife and two children.
Mark W. Hamilton
Dr. Hamilton has been a full-time professor of Old Testament at Abilene Christian University in the United States. He received his B.A. from Freed-Hardeman College, his M.Div. from Abilene Christian University, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has published several books and numerous articles in leading theological journals. Dr. Hamilton teaches Historical Books of the Old Testament and Teaching Scripture in Contemporary Contexts at the Bible Institute thanks to the cooperation agreement between the Bible Institute and Abilene Christian University.
Head Editor of Kairos: Evangelical Journal of Theology
Stanko Jambrek (1957) received his M.Th. from Evangelical Theological Faculty in Osijek. In 2001 he earned his Ph.D. in Theology in the United States, and History (2012), from Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. He served as a pastor in two evangelical churches. He has published and edited more than twenty books and collections, as well as numerous articles in national and international journals. He is the founder and Head editor of “Kairos” – Evangelical Journal of Theology, published twice a year in Croatian and English since 2007. He teaches Church History and Theology at the Bible Institute in Zagreb, and also teaches those courses at several other theological schools. He lives in Zagreb with his three children: Daniel, Christine and John.
Steve Joiner is the Dean of the Institutes at Lipscomb and also Managing Director of the Institute for Conflict Management. He is a professor in areas of systems design, negotiation, conflict in religious settings, and leadership. Joiner has extensive experience conducting management and staff trainings, courses, and workshops in conflict management skills. Joiner has conducted these seminars in business, community, and religious settings. He has also served as a university dean and has taught conflict management and leadership skills in Guatemala, Germany, Brazil, Uganda, and throughout the U.S. Joiner has a special interest in generationally generated conflict. Dr. Joiner teaches Christian Leadership and Conflict Management at the Bible Institute in Zagreb, thanks to the agreement between the Bible Institute and Lipscomb University.
Thomas Sibley received his M.Th. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Western Seminary. He served as a head of the Department of Bible and Religion at Columbia Christian College, in Portland, USA. He published four books, ten courses and many articles in scientific and specialized journals. He served in various church ministries, as a preacher and a senior pastor, for more than forty years. Now he teaches New Testament and Practical Theology. He lives outside of Zagreb with his wife Sandra.
Perry L. Stepp (1964) is the son of a pastor and church planter, and was raised in Oklahoma and New Mexico, USA. He received his M.A. in New Testament from Lubbock Christian University, and his Ph.D. in New Testament from Baylor University. His doctoral mentor, noted Baptist biblical scholar Charles H. Talbert, has the distinction of being the only non-Catholic scholar to serve as president of the Catholic Biblical Association. Perry has been very active in the Society of Biblical Literature, and has published a monograph, scholarly and popular articles, and a commentary on the Pastoral Epistles and Philemon. In addition to his scholarly work, he has been involved in pastoral ministry for more than thirty years. He lives in Zagreb with his wife Elizabeth. They have three adult children: Kayla, Anna, and Joshua.
Danijel Časni, mag.
Member of the Official Board
Danijel Časni was born in 1976 in Čakovec. He studied Theology and Christian Pedagogy at Evangelical Theological Faculty in Osijek and received his M.A. in Business Marketing Management from Faculty of Economics and Business. Danijel is currently completing his Ph.D. at Faculty of Theology in Ljubljana. Danijel teaches Youth Ministry and Evangelism and Church Growth at the Bible Institute in Zagreb. He is married and has two children.
Ivan Karadža, MTh
Member of the Official Board
Ivan Karadža was born in Slavonski Brod in 1979. He studied at Evangelical Theological Faculty in Osijek, and received his M.Th. from Abilene Christian University in Texas, USA. Ivan teaches Introduction to Christian Spirituality, and serves as a registrar of student internship at the Bible Institute in Zagreb, where he also serves as a student administrator, helps organize student life and activities, and serves as a head of the Ethics Committee. He lives in Zagreb together with his wife and tri children: Ika, Iris and Matej.
Steve Taliaferro, MA
Member of the Official Board
Steve Taliaferro was born in Abilene in 1967, and grew up outside of Houston, TX. He studied Educational Studies at Abilene Christian University (ACU), where he also received his M.A. in 1995. For several years, he worked as a teacher and counselor in several schools in Texas, and later he joined the International Christian Ministry for camping and working with children without parents. Steve moved to Croatia in 2010, and has served as a manager of general affairs at the Bible Institute in Zagreb, where he also teaches Introduction to Pedagogy. He lives in Sv. Nedelja, outside of Zagreb.
Goran Medved, mag. theol.
Goran Medved (1973) grew up in Zagreb, where he attended the Educational Center for Languages, and studied six foreign languages in his entire education. He completed the bulk of his higher educational studies in the USA, on athletic and academic scholarships, earning high academic honors (summa cum laude). Goran has a B.S. in International Studies (business, politics and foreign languages). He started his theological studies at the Bible Institute in Zagreb, and continued at Lipscomb University in Nashville, where he earned a Masters in Theological Studies with an emphasis in New Testament. He has been a long-term associate of the Zagreb Bible Institute as a lecturer of New Testament Greek and as a translator. He is the project manager and editor of the first Croatian translation of the Bible in contemporary language. He also served as a pastor, teacher, preacher, and church planter.
Robert Bogešić was born in Pula in 1967. He studied at Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, where he received his M.A. in International Relations in 2008. Robert works at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, and serves as an elder in Evangelical Pentecostal Church in Zagreb.
Jayne Cuidon received her M.A. in Special Education from University of Alabama in 1990, and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University in 2009. Jayne is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a co-director/advisor at Barnabas Zentrum. She has served as a speaker at conferences on the subject of marriage, family life, education of children and the role of women in church and society. She has participated in the establishment and running of the association Family Life. Together with her husband, Scott, Jayne teaches Christian Counseling and Marriage and Family life at the Bible Institute.
Boris Havel was born in 1966 in Sarajevo, where he finished high school and started a part-time study at the Faculty of Law. He studied Swedish, English and Theology in Uppsala, Sweden. Boris worked as an interpreter and a translator (Swedish and English) from 1993 to 2002, and published Swedish-Bosnian dictionary. He graduated in International Relations, and later in History, at the Faculty Livets Ord in 2001. He received his M.A. in Comparative Religion from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2005, and his Ph.D. from Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb in 2012. He is a permanent court interpreter for English, Hebrew and Swedish language. Boris currently works for the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, and as an associate lecturer at the Bible Institute and Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. He published two books and a number of scientific, specialized and publicist articles.
Ankica Marinković received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion from Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. She works as a Scientific Associate at the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Center for Croatian Studies in Zagreb, and the Faculty of Philosophy in Split. She has participated in research projects of minority religious communities in the city of Zagreb and Croatia, and was a manager of the “Minor religious communities as actors of religious changes in Croatian society” project (2007 – 2013), and an adviser of former Croatian President Ivo Josipović. Ankica published several books and editorials, as well as many scientific and technical articles. She teaches Sociology of Religion at the Bible Institute in Zagreb, and is a member of the Editorial Board of “Kairos” – Evangelical Journal of Theology, published by the Bible Institute and Evangelical Theological Faculty in Osijek.