The Romanian Baptist Church of Cleveland exists to preach Christ crucified by delighting in the supremacy of Jesus and by living a cruciform lifestyle among the nations for the glory of God.
Dan Lucian Paul was born in Romania. He and his family immigrated to the United States in 1980 at the age of 13. Settling in Cleveland, Ohio, they attended and were active members in the Cleveland Romanian Baptist Church. Dan received his college education at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and graduated in 1990. Upon his return to Cleveland, he continued to serve at the CRBC working in youth ministry, holding Bible studies, and especially mentoring the young men in the church. In June 1991, Dan married Emilia Motiu and God blessed them with two children, Isaac Nathaniel in 1994 and Julia Alexandra in 1996. In 1994, God called Dan and his friend, Cristian Chirla, back to Romania to minister to the neediest of people- both physically and spiritually. Countryside Missions was born and, today, is still sending young people with the Gospel and physical assistance to the needy and hopeless in Romania. Dan was called to fulltime ministry, and in April 2002, was ordained as Associate Pastor and then Senior Pastor shortly thereafter. He has served as Senior Pastor at CRBC for over 20 years. He has also served as President of the Romanian Baptist Association of U.S.A. and Canada for a term and serves as Pastoral Commission Coordinator for many years. Dan has a heart for people, and has a passion for helping and counselling, but above all, bringing the hope of Jesus Christ and the Gospel to those who are suffering physically, emotionally, and spiritually. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” Psalm 32:8
Ioan Veres is a Ph.D. candidate at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. Ioan was educated in pastoral theology at “Emanuel” University in Oradea, Romania. He also obtained a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from “Aarhus” University, Denmark. This degree covered how Christianity, Judaism, and Islam interacted with each other in their formative periods. Currently, Ioan is pursuing doctoral studies in Bioethics with a particular focus on the intersections of theology and ethics with the biosciences and healthcare.
"This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God."
2 Corinthians 9:12