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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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