My name is Ion Dobren and I was born on July 15, 1973, in Bozovici, Timis district. I currently live and minister in Eftimie Murgu. I was blessed to grow up in a Christian family (believing grandparents and parents), in reverence of the Lord and I have been going to church all my life. I saw there how Christians live and I sat under the preaching of the3 Word of God. I started loving singing and I learned to read music at a very young age.
I played in church orchestras and brass bands. Later I learned how to play the organ and I helped lead the congregational worship.
When I was 17, on the day of the Pentecost, the Holy Spirit spoke to me in a special way. And I made a promise then, before he Lord and all who were attending church that night that I will be following Lord Jesus for the rest of my life. It was year 1990. In the summer of next year, August 26, I was baptized. I remember the joy I had. There were 7 of us and the baptism was conducted in a small river, this being the first open air baptism in our town.
During some difficult times in our church I was elected as the deacon of the church at age 27. This is how I began my Christian ministry in church, and I am grateful to God because He stood by me, my family and our church. In 2002 I was ordained as a deacon because the church needed a person who would be involved in ministry as much as possible, as the church grew to be more than 200 people. In 2004 I was sent to the Timisoara Baptist Biblical Institute, by the decision of the entire congregation and in the fall of that year I began attending classes. I took one year of on campus classes and 3 more of modular teaching. I was ordained as pastor on May 21, 2006.
The school years were the most beautiful of my life. Those 4 years were a special time of fellowship with the Lord and colleagues (there were 14 of us in the beginning) and in constant study of Scriptures. I acquired biblical information, I experimented spiritual growth, I watched the lives of our teachers and I did my best to understand all the classes they were teaching. This time felt like I was in God’s workshop, for shaping and formation, so I could later serve Him. All classes were useful, but what was most impressive and helpful to me was the preaching and doctrines classes. It was difficult, as I was the oldest in my class, with extensive ministry responsibilities in church and also with a family to take care of.