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Lubomir Martin Ondrasek
Noema Bradnanska Ondrasek











 
Lubomir Martin Ondrasek, President and Co-Founder

EDUCATION

D.Min. (Boston University) - expected in 2019
A.M.R.S. (University of Chicago)
Th.M. (Harvard University)
M.Div. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
B.B. (Northpoint Bible College)

PROFILE

Born and raised in Czechoslovakia when Europe was still divided by the Iron Curtain, Lubomir Martin Ondrasek converted from atheism to Christianity in his late teens. In order to prepare for effective Christian service, he arrived in the United States in 1995. After completing his undergraduate studies with high honors at Northpoint Bible College (formerly known as Zion Bible Institute) in 1999, he received his M.Div. in 2003 from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, graduating summa cum laude at the top of his class. He subsequently earned his Th.M. in Christianity and Culture at Harvard University in 2005. From 2005-2013, Ondrasek pursued doctoral studies in ethics (political, theological, philosophical, war and peace) at the University of Chicago under the supervision of the late Professor Jean Bethke Elshtain. He received his A.M.R.S. from the University of Chicago in 2014. Currently he is pursuing his D.Min. in Transformational Leadership at Boston University. In the course of his academic studies, he has been honored with numerous awards, including the nomination-based Rumsfeld Graduate Fellowship, which is awarded to candidates of "outstanding intellectual ability, integrity, moral character and leadership potential" who are interested in public service.

From 1999-2005, Ondrasek served as a minister in two New England churches. He has also worked as an adjunct professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, teaching courses in the area of Christian Social Ethics and the Public Ministry of the Church. In 2008, he was a recipient of the University of Chicago's Human Rights Internship, which enabled him to explore the issue of religious freedom in Slovakia. In recent years, he has closely cooperated with the Institute for State-Church Relations and Institute for Legal Aspects of Religious Freedom in Slovakia and provided expert advice to the Department of Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic. In 2011, he was recognized for his contribution to state-church relations by the Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic.

Ondrasek is the author of the groundbreaking book Neocharizmatické hnutie na Slovensku (Neocharismatic Movement in Slovakia) and co-editor of the books Church and Society: Towards Responsible Engagement/Cirkev a spoločnosť: Smerom k zodpovednej angažovanosti and Pentekostalizmus v náboženskom a spoločenskom kontexte (Pentecostalism in Contemporary Religious and Social Context). He has also written numerous chapters, articles and reviews published in Slovak and English. He publishes, presents and provides consultations in the areas of Religion, Ethics and Public Life, Church and State, Public Ministry of the Church and New Religious Movements (Pentecostalism).

He lives with his wife, Dr. Noema Bradnanska Ondrasek, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Their daughter Daniela is a senior at Wellesley College majoring in Economics and Russian Area Studies. He is a cancer survivor.

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