|PASTORAL TEAM||ABOUT US|
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 Theological Seminary Matija Vlačić Ilirik 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. This is what I need." And afterward he experienced great change.
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 "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." In 2012 Mario completed his doctoral studies in Practical Theology with special emphasis on leadership through Wagner Leadership Institute in Phoenix, AZ.
Mario became pastor and president of Crkva cjelovitog evandelja in the fall of 2001. In addition to his vision to work and serve both in Zagreb and the entire country of Croatia, as the pastor, Mario has formed many ministries in the church, initiated civil organizations, and various practical church ministries with the goal of effective ministry and positive influence on society. He has also taken part 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 as well as made public monthly sermons he has given at Crkva cjelovitog evandelja. In 2008 he initiated the formation of Croatian Christian Coalition, of which he is the president. The purpose of the coalition is to stimulate and realize solidarity, transparency, quality subsidies and collaboration along with realization of community influence among the members in the political realm through active promotion of Christian principles in churches of the reformation heritage in the Republic of Croatia. He is the Vice-President of Spirit Life Ministries International, a non-profit Christian organization based in Hermiston, OR. In addition to their active work in Croatia, SLMI also oversees Spirit Life Institute located in our church in Zagreb; of which Mario is the Vice-President and lecturer. Mario was a member of the central headquarters committee and council for supporting human rights, civil society, and the justice system for the main political party. He is also the author of the book "Effective Christian Leadership", which has been endorsed by several Croatian Evangelical Leaders as well as the former Croatian President, Mr. Ivo Josipovic. In 2016. he received his D. Min. at Mihael Starin Protestant Theological Seminary with a thesis of Biblical Understanding and Pastoral Approach to Financial Management.
Mario married Bonnie Hackett, who is also an alumnus of Christ For The Nations Institute, Dallas, TX. Apart from assisting in various ministries and outreaches, Bonnie leads the contemporary worship band "Bez Kompromisa" (No Compromise). She is the writer and composer of the majority of the songs that the band has recorded. Their first album, "Ustani Gospode (Arise, O Lord) was recorded in 2006 and second Pred svetim Kraljem (Before The Holy King) was recorded in 2009. She is currently writing and recording new music. Together Mario and Bonnie have four children.
IVAN RUKAVINA - Elder
Ivan Rukavina completed his University studies for hotel and turist managment in Opatija and by profession is an economist. He is employed at the Adriatic Tourist Agency as a Product Manager. At Crkva Cjelovitog Evanđelja he served as a deacon from 2006-2009 when he was set forth as an elder. He is vice-president of CCE and serves through preaching and teaching for "Spirit Life Insitute", where he teaches foundational Biblical teaches. He is a member of the financial bord where he serves together with his wife Ivana.
TOMISLAV PEJAKOVIĆ - Deacon
Tomislav Pejakovic was born in 1979. He is a cabinetmaker and does interior design through his own company Dijana Interiors. He has been attending CCE since 2004 and served in the maintenance and usher ministries. In December 2012 Tomislav began leading the Mercy Ministry, which oversees our food bank. Tomislav is married to Dijana with whom he has two children: Luka and Emanuel.