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Corneliu Ardelean

Senior Pastor

Corneliu Ardelean was born in communist Romania to the only protestant Christian family in his village.   While growing up, he and his family attended a church 7 KM away, which they had to walk to twice a day.

In his early years in ministry he began as a Sunday school teacher, and soon afterwards, began his training for teaching in the ministry underground. During this time, he also was studying through the Bible Education Extension, a program aimed at the studying of Scripture.

After applying to get into the only Baptist Theological Seminary in Romania, he was denied entry.  Unfortunately, the Seminary was being actively controlled by the Communist regime, and those in attendance, needed an acceptance letter from the Secret police; a letter Corneliu was not able to obtain. Corneliu was continuously being followed and tracked by the Secret police, and despite the close and dangerous attention, he was ordained in 1988 and continued in ministry, pastoring throughout 10 village churches; a call he served with joy and passion!

After the fall of the communist regime, Corneliu finished his theological studies at the Emmanuel Theological University in Oradea, Romania.     In 2001, after much prayer, Corneliu, his wife, and four children, came to Canada to serve the first Romanian Baptist Church in Vancouver.    In 2006, together with a group of 4 families, Bethel Romanian Church was planted in Abbotsford and Corneliu continues to serve as senior pastor to the congregation.

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Flavius Jeler

Associate Pastor

Flavius Jeler was born in the town of Arad, Romania into a loving Christian family.   During his childhood, he attended a Baptist church where he participated in key children programs.   Flavius’ grandparents were strong mentors, encouraging him at early ages to memorize scripture and Christian poems.   Additionally, Flavius was exposed ministry by his uncle, who was a God fearing man and the head pastor of a local Baptist church in Alba-Iulia.    Unbenounced to him, this encouragement and Godly example helped lay the foundation for his future faith.

At the age of 13, Flavius emigrated to Canada with his family.  As with many immigrants, this change came at a huge culture shock, but the move would prove God’s future plans for Flavius has no boundary!    In 2002, all the preparation God had been doing throughout Flavius’ life, he committed the rest of his life to the Lord and was baptized by Pastor Cornel Ardelean.

Flavius later attended the University of Fraser Valley in the area of Computer Information Systems and continues a career in Information Technology.

In 2008 he married Dina Ardelean, who had an explosive impact on Flavius spiritual life and future ministry.  Flavius would quote as Solomon recorded, “a good wife is hard to find, she is more precious than jewels“.  Through much prayer and support from his wife, Flavius was called serve as a lay pastor and was ordained.  He continued serving the Youth ministry at Bethel Romanian Church as a bi-vocational pastor with passion even to this day!

Not long into their marriage, Flavius’ wife was diagnosed with cancer.   Her battle would prove be the most formative emotionally, physically and spiritually for Flavius but ultimately lead to more deeper transformation and closeness with God.    He learned to lean on the Lord through suffering.  Embraced by their family and church, Flavius and Dina would see the grace of God through the bride of Christ!   They felt the daily graces of God in a special way and the Lord’s presence became sweeter than ever.    In 2015, 4 years later, Dina was called home to be with her Lord and Savior.

Changed and driven by his deep love for the Lord and for his community Flavius continues to serve as Associate Pastor at Bethel Romanian Church. He is also enrolled in and working towards a Master of Divinity degree at the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary.     The outcome of his ministry is in God’s hands.

Flavius trusts in his Lord and Savior, for he believes that the promises of God are the only truths worth building one’s life upon. As Isaiah 54:10 says: “‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed’, says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”

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