Paul E. Toms

Dr. Paul E. Toms

Address130 Essex Street
South Hamilton, MA 1982

Eva B. and Paul E. Toms Distinguished Professor of World Missions and European Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

B.A., Southern California College,
M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School,
M.Th., University of Zagreb,
Dr.Theol., University of Zagreb,

Been with Gordon-Conwell since 1993. A native of Slovenia and a citizen of Croatia in former Yugoslavia, he is the foremost evangelical scholar in Eastern Europe and is considered an authority on the subject of Christian response to Marxism and on Christian ministry in post-Communist contexts. Throughout his career of more than 30 years, he has established a reputation for combining academic excellence with compassionate humanitarian care, evangelism and sustained reconciliation efforts in his war-torn country.

In addition to his career at Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Kuzmič has extensive educational and ecclesiastical experience elsewhere. He is the co-founder and director of Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia, founded in 1972. The seminary was the first evangelical theological school in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He is also the founder of Timisoara Theological Institute, a Romanian school affiliated with ETS. In the United States, his teaching experience has included numerous adjunct professorships and lectureships at a variety of theological schools, including Fuller Theological Seminary, Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

In 1991, in response to the devastating effects of the Balkan conflict, Dr. Kuzmič founded Agape, a humanitarian relief organization dedicated to ministering in the Balkans. That organization, along with New Europe Vision, which he also founded, minister to both the physical and spiritual needs of those in the Balkans. Among Agape’s ministries, for example, has been the distribution of more than 5 million hot meals and more than half a million illustrated Bibles and the start of programs to promote reconciliation and forgiveness among the people of the Balkan states.

A leader in reconciliation efforts during the Balkan wars, Dr. Kuzmič was influential in bringing about the Dayton Peace Awards. He has also served as an advisor on reconciliation for national leaders in the Balkans, the United Nations and the U.S. State Department. More recently, he has met with the Croatian president to advocate against legislation in Croatia that discriminates against Protestants.

Dr. Kuzmič is in great demand as a speaker. His global platform has included plenary addresses at Lausanne II in Manila (1989), Urbana (1990), the European Leadership Consultation (1992), the National Association of
Evangelicals Fiftieth Anniversary (1992) and other international gatherings. He has ministered in more than 60 nations on every continent.

Dr. Kuzmič is a member of numerous boards, organizations and societies. These include the editorial boards of several professional journals, such as the European Journal of Theology. He is also a member of the Lausanne Committee of World Evangelization, the International Advisory Board of National Religious Broadcasters and the International Council of World Vision International. An ordained minister, he co-founded and chairs the Council of the Evangelical Christians of (former) Yugoslavia and is president of the Protestant Evangelical Council of Croatia.

Dr. Kuzmič has also received many recognitions and awards for his work. He is in Who’s Who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology. He has received the Merrill C. Tenney Award for New Testament Scholarship and an honorary D.D. from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is an honorary member of the Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights and has received the Presidential Award of Croatia. Most recently, he was given the Helsinki Award for Human Rights and Religious Liberty in recognition of his work in promoting inter-religious dialogue.

An award-winning writer, Dr. Kuzmič has authored various articles and books, including a major study on the influence of Slavic Bible translations upon Slavic literature, language and culture. He has also authored two textbooks and has contributed to numerous compendiums, handbooks and encyclopedias. A columnist for several religious and secular newspapers, he also founded and serves as the editor of Izvori, a Christian monthly journal in the Croatian language.

Dr. Kuzmic enjoys reading, keeping up with the news and collecting old Bibles. He and his wife, Vlasta, have three daughters: Tatiana, Kristina and Petra. They also have three grandchildren: Luka, Matea and Enoh. Petra’s husband, Jeremy Bohall, graduated from Gordon-Conwell, and he and Petra are currently missionaries in Croatia.

A Sampling of Dr. Peter Kuzmič ‘s Publications

• The Gospel of John (college textbook, ICI, 1974)
Translated into German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian
• Hrvatska izdania Biblije, a study of Croatian Bible translations (Zagreb, 1979)
• Hermeneutik (German edition, ICI, 1989), (English edition, ICI, 1991)
• Predgovor (Biblijsko drustvo u Repuglici Hrvatskoi, 1997)
• Corrie Ten Boom (In Croatian, Logos, 2000)

Dr. Kuzmič has written hundreds of articles in dozens of journals and magazines both American and Croatian. These have included publications such as the Pentecostal Evangel, Izvori, the Ecumenical Review, the International Review of Mission, the Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, World Evangelization, Journal of Pentecostal Theology, the Evangelical Review of Theology, and the Evangelical Dictionary of World Mission.

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