Phone: +421 918 828 156
Pastor Derek and his wife Dawn Harman have two boys, Becket age 5 and Leo age 2. They have had a long interest in International Ministry. Pr Derek spent seven of his childhood years living with missionary parents in Trinidad and Geneva. After seminary studies in California, Derek and Dawn moved to Mariensee, Germany for his internship year, where they learned the German language and cultivated their appreciation of living cross-culturally.
Since Derek’s ordination in 2007, he served a congregation in Massachusetts and a congregation in Redwood City, California. About parish ministry, Pastor Derek wrote: “As a pastor, I am much more interested in developing lay leadership than in being ‘THE leader’. The pastor does have a specific leadership role in a congregation, however, my sense of pastoral leadership is that pastor and congregation are called to be in mission together and I encourage that in every way that I can.”
About Dawn's Calling
Dawn has past experience in human resources work and supporting unaccompanied minor youth from Latin America. She worked in organizing educational travel seminars to Latin America and Southern Africa and accompanied groups to Nicaragua and Cuba.
Intern Pastor Sharayah
I am really looking forward to walking with this community! I am originally from San Diego, California and most recently from Chicago, Illinois where I have been studying at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for the past two years.
I am very excited to meet you all and experience the diversity and history of this congregation. I am most excited that so many countries, experiences, and Christian faiths are present in this vibrant community. I look forward to growing and learning with all of you! I have focused on Interfaith and intercultural studies within my degree, and am looking forward to joining your varied ministries.
I am also excited to teach with the Lyceum and work with so many of you who do as well. I know our shared gifts of ministry and music will bless each other and those we meet throughout the coming year.
Phone: +421 917 055 647
Ivana Jelen - Cantor
In addition to teaching full time at the Evanjelicke Lyceum, Ivana is BIC's wonderful cantor, organist, and choir director.
For any questions about or interest in music at BIC, contact Ivana.