We are part of the Brethren church, one of the Protestant churches,that is rooted in the Czech Reformation. We want to be a church that responds to the burning questions of faith and life of the contemporary man using contemporary language.
We are part of the Brethren Church, one of the Protestant churches, which is rooted in the Czech Reformation, the Unity of the Brethren and belongs to evangelical churches. It strives for contemporary, practical Christianity in the spirit of The Bible: unity in essential issues, freedom in other matters, and love in everything. It consists of a fellowship of nearly 80 churches with a wealth of different spiritual traditions. The churches are administered by pastors and elders. Church members are led to live out a personal Christian faith, fidelity to God's Word, love for God and people, manifested in everyday life. We share our everyday joys and struggles and strive to be a community open to everyone who comes. It is very important for us that our Christianity is understandable to those who seek their way to God, and we are glad that both believers and seekers find their way among us.
He comes from Ostrava from a partially Catholic family. He studied nuclear physics and also Catholic theology after the Velvet Revolution. Afterwards he became a Catholic clergyman. For eight years he was a priest in various places in Moravian Wallachia, Slovakia, and Ireland. He served on a mission in the Philippines for ten months. After leaving the Catholic Church, he worked for 9 years as a high school mathematics and physics teacher. At that time he was a member of the Apostolic Church for several years. In the year of 2008 he became a member of the Brethren Church in Český Těšín, and in 2014 he was ordained and became the second pastor in the same church. He has a wife and three adult daughters, two of whom are already married.
He comes from Nýdek, where he grew up with three siblings. In his Christian family, he was already the fourth generation of newborn Christians and soon became involved in the service of the Brethren Church in Hrádek. He was trained to be and worked as an automation technician in Třinecké železárny and later in Refrasil. He greatly appreciated the Biblical seminar he could study long-distance from the age of 19. He was a teacher at Sunday school and youth group leader in Hrádek. He worked as a lay pastor in Oldřichovice for eight years, later he became an elder of the church in Český Těšín. In 2010, he was ordained as a pastor in the Brethren Church in Český Těšín. He is married to his wife Lydia, and together they have a son, three daughters and four grandchildren.
The church is led and administered not only by the pastor but also by the elders who are elected every four years by the members of the church. The eldership consists of eight elders, each of whom is in charge of a particular area. On the right, there are the current elders and their responsibilities.
|Béla Karol||mission, evangelization|
|Boszczyk Stanislav||diakonia ministry|
|Czudek Tadeusz||worship, singing|
|Filipek Tadeáš ing.||deputy chairman of the eldership|
|Hlawiczka Marek||children and youth, camp base|
|Rajca David Bc.||communication, youth|
|Ručka Daniel||manager (treasurer)|
|Ručka Jan||building management, the elderly|
One of the main initiators of our missionary community was Karol Kaleta, a pastor of the church in Hrádek. The first service took place on 20 September 1964, and the ceremonial opening of the Český Těšín station of the Ostrava church took place on 11 October 1964. The same building was rented by the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Český Těšín in 1964. In 1972, construction of the church house with a pastor's apartment on Studentská Street (later Fučíková) began. Thanks to the political changes initiated by the Velvet Revolution in 1989, the possibility of acquiring the church building in the possession of our church appeared. After several years of effort, the church building was purchased from the ČCE Na Rozvoji church in 2002. In 2008, the Adventist Church moved to its own premises,and the church building remained only in our possession and use.
The church has always tried to preserve its missionary character and to be open to all. The original sermons were mostly in Polish, the language of the sermons gradually switched to Czech for better clarity. US missionaries who are primarily active among young people have also beeninvited to cooperate.
In 1999, the Civic Association Klub mladých Filadelfia was founded to support missionary activities for children and youth. In 2002, an independent mission station of the Český Těšín church was established in Karviná-Fryštát, under the leadership of Stanislav Czudek.
Currently, there are 250 members in our church and approximately 120 children and youth under 18 years of age.
|1967 - 1983||Stanislav Heczko|
|1983 - 1995||Ernest Welszar|
|1996 - 1999||team leadership of elders (Josef Sliž, Kornel Kotas and Tadeáš Filipek)|
|1999 - 2012||Tadeáš Firla|
|2010 - 2012||Josef Sliž as the second pastor|
|2012 - 2018||Josef Sliž|
|2014 - 2018||Jaroslav Pokorný as the second pastor|
|since 2018||Jaroslav Pokorný as the first pastor, Josef Sliž as the second pastor|