Pastor Cristi Murgu
(Associate Pastor, Carnforth, Lancashire)
I was born in Timisoara, Romania – a city famous as the starting place of the country’s 1989 anti-communist Revolution. An only child, I was brought up in a very moral environment, strongly influenced by the Eastern Orthodox faith.
Through the grace of God, I began to grasp the Good News about Jesus at the age of nine and soon began to attend a local Baptist church where I experienced revival first hand, seeing many lives radically transformed by the love of Jesus.
By the age of 14 I was preaching in small rural satellite churches and I became involved with the youth work of the church as well as acting as interpreter for various foreign visitors. Although I trained to become a nurse and then planned to study Law at the local university, an amazing and miraculous set of ‘God-incidences’ occurred and I felt called to go to Bible College. In 1993 I arrived in the UK and studied theology for five years at Birmingham Bible Institute.
In October 1998 I started working as a volunteer Church Worker for Carnforth Free Methodist Church. In January 2001 I was recognised as Assistant Pastor in Carnforth and in May 2005 I was ordained (Reverend), and am currently part of the team of three pastors here at CFM, serving full-time as Associate Pastor.
During this time I have helped to establish the Youth Ministry and Small Groups Ministry at CFMC; I speak at local Universities, lecture at Capernwray Bible School, and I set up a local inter-church youth event, as well as serving short-term cross-culturally in Romania, India, Germany and Italy.
I am passionate about communication and community, longing to see the local church become a hub of radical discipleship. I am a coffee snob, a book lover and enjoy eclectic (but mostly acoustic) music and indie movies.
‘Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for You; Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.’ Isaiah 26:8