Serving in Romania on Sponsored Deployment | Eurasia
Preparing ministers through theological education and literature development
Jonathan Phillips serves as a sponsored missionary with the Church of the Nazarene. He lives in the Transylvanian town of Sighisoara, Romania.
Jonathan first came to Romania as a study abroad student during his sophomore year at Eastern Nazarene College. During this 6-month cultural immersion experience, he took academic classes covering Romanian language and culture, while also serving in local Nazarene ministries and living with a Romanian host family.
After graduating from ENC in 2003 with a B.A. in Religion, Jonathan returned to Romania for a year as a Nazarene in Volunteer Service. During that year, he felt God leading him to Nazarene Theological Seminary to be better equipped for cross-cultural ministry. For the next 5 years, he lived in the Kansas City area, ministering in a variety of local church ministries while working in the Sunday School & Discipleship Ministries office at the Nazarene Global Ministry Center. Jonathan graduated in 2008 with a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in cross-cultural ministry.
Jonathan returned to Romania in 2009 and has served in a variety of roles. His current responsibilities are focused in the area of preparing Romanians for ministry. As coordinator for European Nazarene College’s Romania Learning Centre, Jonathan is responsible for theological education courses. As a member of the Board of Ministry, he works with Romanian ministerial candidates who are preparing for ordination. As the coordinator for literature development, he works with translators to make sure that Wesleyan-holiness resources are translated and made available in Romanian.
Jonathan is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. His home district is the Mid-Atlantic District.
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