Tihomir and Christine Kukolja
Tihomir, a native Croatian, and Christine, a native Texan who grew up at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, lead a dynamic ministry based in Croatia called Renewing Our Minds (ROM).
The primary focus of ROM is reconciliation and leadership development. They began their work with ROM in 2002 and ROM’s mission is to develop leaders of integrity who are committed to reconciliation and peace-building in the Balkans and throughout the world. ROM’s leadership development conferences are held every summer in Croatia and participants come from the Balkans, the Middle East, as well as other parts of the world. The participants come from different backgrounds, including: Muslims, Orthodox, atheists, and secularists. The conferences equip these young leaders to transform their constituencies, communities and countries through the model of servant leadership they learn by studying the character, life and teachings of Jesus. It is amazing to see the transformation that takes place in these leaders as they encounter the person of Jesus and learn from his life and teachings. After the conferences, the Kukoljas and their team members follow up with the participants and provide ongoing mentoring and discipleship.
Tihomir and Christine met while Christine was serving in Croatia as a short-term missionary. The Kukoljas have one child, Matthew. Tihomir completed his BA in Theology and Communications at Newbold College in the UK, and Christine is a practicing physical therapist (she completed her MS in Physical Therapy at Texas Tech University).
The Kukoljas are in the midst of a ministry transition. Together with their Board of Directors, the Kukoljas helped found the Forum for Leadership and Reconciliation (FLR) in 2012. FLR is a non-profit corporation which will serve as an “umbrella” organization for ROM and the other initiatives related to ROM. The FLR Board is focusing on consolidating and strengthening the existing ROM community, while at the same time setting the stage for the further growth of ROM in the Balkans and beyond. Though the Kukoljas are currently based in the US, they will be moving back to Croatia in the near future.
To donate by check to the Kukolja’s support:
Make checks payable to The Antioch Partners, write “Kukolja Support” on memo line and mail to:
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