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MARIO DUČIĆ - Pastor
Mario Ducic was born in Zagreb in 1973 to a Catholic Family. During the war, in 1991, he began his theological studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary - Matija Vlačić in Zagreb, Croatia. During his second year a Christian befriended him and began witnessing to him. At this time his grandmother became ill and so he asked his friends to pray for her. God answered this prayer and she was healed of her severe pain. The answered prayer softened his heart and that same night as he read the book of John he said to himself, "This is truth. I find myself in every word and this is what I need." Mario was saved that very night!
After finishing his second year Mario decided to continue a third year of study at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia. While studying in Osijek he actively volunteered to work with a refugee camp in Gasinci through the humanitarian aid society "Agape". After his third year he received a scholarship to study abroad. These doors opened to his so miraculously that temporarily left his studies at Evangelical Theological Seminary and completed a two-year course in Practical Theology in one year at Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, TX. After completing his studies in America he returned to Osijek in 1996 to complete his theological studies, in the field of Christian counseling, on the theme of "The Sexual Abuse of Children". In 2007 he finished his post-graduate theological studies at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia, under the title, "Effective Christian Leadership - Understanding and Implementing Visionary and Foundational Characteristics of Leadership." Mario has gone on to finish his Doctoral studies in Practical Theology with special emphasis on „Leadership“ through the Wagner Leadership Institute in Phoneix, AZ. Finnaly, in 2016 he received his D.Min. at the Mihael Starin Protestant Theological Seminary with a thesis of „Biblical Understanding and Pastoral Approach to Financial Management“
Mario became Pastor and President of Crkva cjelovitog evandelja in the fall of 2001. God has given him a vision to work and serve both in Zagreb and the entire country of Croatia. He has a passion to see the church arise with a new passion for the Lord and for true revival come to the church; to see her awaken to its call to reap the vast harvest of souls yet unreached.As the pastor, Mario has formed many ministries in the church and has a vision to start societies that deal with practical issues as a means of building the influence of the church in society. He has also engaged in national events with other protestant churches and for some years has led the annual "Croatia for Jesus" festival, "JarunFest" as well as "Days of Reformation". Since 2003 he has actively written various articles and published as well as made public monthly sermons he preached at Crkva cjelovitog evandelja.
Mario`s wife, Bonnie Ducic, is also a graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute, Dallas TX and daily assists Mario in ministry. Having felt a call to the mission field from a very young age she sought every avenue to learn about mission work. In the early 1990` Bonnie spent six months in Moscow, Russia working at the Advanced Training Institute – Moscow Center. Upon graduating from Christ for the Nations Institut in December of 1998, she moved to Vinkovci, Croatia where she assisted a local church by working with their music team and with their young people. In 2001 she married Mario Ducic. Bonnie is worship leader and director of the band Bez Kompromisa, which has recorded two live worship CDs „Ustani Gospode“ (Arise, O Lord) and „Pred Svetim Kraljem“ (Before the Holy King).
Bonnie and Mario have a strong vision for reaching Zagreb and the nation of Croatia by training up leaders and missionaries to reach the unreached regions of Croatia. They are accomplishing this vision through the CCE movement, which is not only a church but also an interdenominational movement desiged to multipy itself throughout Croatia. Together they have four children – Filip, Luka, Divna and Vjera.