Note: Pastor Derek Harman resigned effective July 1, 2018. The ELCA will be appointing an interim pastor for one year at BIC. Vicar Emily’s last day will be August 5. For the time being, please contact the council members.
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 emily stelling
I am so honored and grateful that I have been accepted into your community to walk alongside you in service and grace as your vicar/intern pastor. I am also extremely excited to teach religion at the Lyceum for 4th year students. I was raised in a small town in northwestern Wisconsin, though I often tell people I am from Minnesota—ask me why! I felt the call to be a pastor when I was 12 years old. Knowing that, I set my sights on St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. I graduated there in 2015 with a degree in Religion after studying Soren Kierkegaard and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theories on “Religionless Christianity” in light of the “spiritual but not religious” phenomenon. In the summer of 2015 I moved 45 minutes north to St. Paul, Minnesota to study for ordination at Luther Seminary. I have just completed my second year there.
I pray that this will be a year of formation for me as I learn what it means to be a Lutheran minister of the 21st century. I look forward to getting to know you and to learn from each other. Na zdravie! Cheers! to a great 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.
***SPECIAL NOTE - We give thanks for the ministry of Melanie Radoja who has resigned her position on BIC's church council. We also thank Luanne Neumann who will be leaving BIC later this summer and therefore will no longer serve on the BIC council. Given these departures - we are seeking others to serve during this time of transition. If you are interested, please speak with either Jake Slegers, Scott Gallaway or Martin Rapos who will be returning from his time in the US at the end of June.
Your council is a group of representatives that comes together bi-monthly and handles church finances, concerns, requests, and ultimately makes decisions on behalf of the congregation. If you have any questions about what BIC is up to, feel free to ask any of the following council members!