Professors

Danijel Berković
Head of Center for Biblical Research (CBI)
dberkovic@bizg.hr

Danijel Berković (1954) received his Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) at London School of Theology (1984), followed by his master’s degree in theology (MTh) in Croatia (2002) at the Evangelical Theological Seminary (Osijek). He earned his PhD in the area of Hebrew Old Testament linguistics and defended his dissertation in Oxford and London Middlessex University (2016). His second PhD in biblical Psalmody he defended his in Croatia at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2019) (University of Zagreb). Danijel is a member of the Croatian Bible Society management board as a Bible translator and a member of the translating team for the new Bible translation project. From 1985 to 1997, he was a regular and visiting lecturer of the Old Testament and Hebrew language at numerous theological schools in Croatia and abroad. He has been an external associate since 1999 at the Faculty of Theology Matija Vlačić Ilirik and teaches Hebrew and the Old Testament. Danijel has been employed at the Bible Institute in Zagreb since 2004 and is head of the Center for Biblical Research department. He has published many articles in the areas of the Old Testament, Hebraic studies, Bible translations and Biblical studies in numerous theological journals, collections of articles and scientific conferences in Croatia and abroad. Before his academic career, Danijel served as a pastor in Pula and Zagreb for more than twenty years.

Ervin Budiselić
Lecturer and academic dean assistant
ebudiselic@bizg.hr

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.

Stanko Jambrek
Academic counselor
Head Editor of Kairos: Evangelical Journal of Theology
sjambrek@bizg.hr

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.

Thomas Sibley
tsibley@bizg.hr

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 Stepp
pstepp@bizg.hr

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
dcasni@bizg.hr

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.

Professional associates

Ivan Karadža, MTh
Member of the Official Board
ikaradza@bizg.hr

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
staliaferro@bizg.hr

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.

Adjunct Professors

Goran Medved, mag. theol.
goranmedved@bizg.hr

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.