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Kornel & Tanja Crnkovic
Kornel grew up in northeastern Croatia. He went to church as a child, but only his mom is a believer. In 1987 he trusted Christ as his Lord and Savior. During the most recent war in Croatia, Kornel’s village was surrounded by Serbs, and Kornel became a part of the Croatian army defending his city. He was wounded during the siege and was discharged from the military because of a permanent injury to his foot.
Tanja’s parents were Croatian missionaries to the Croats living in Austria. Saved at the age of seven, Tanja eventually attended Bob Jones University to pursue a music degree. During that time her parents moved back to Croatia to establish a church. Following graduation she returned to Croatia to help her parents.
Kornel and Tanja, both in charge of youth groups at different churches, met during a youth rally. They married a little over a year later. They felt the Lord’s call for them to begin a church in Split, a city of about 200,000 people along the Dalmatian Coast. They started a church in Split and ministered there for sixteen years. In 2010 the Lord called them to help in a church in Koprivnica, in Croatia’s far north. Kornel is the pastor of Koprivnica Baptist Church, assisted by his brother-in-law.
The Crnkovićs have four children: Andrea, Kristina, Marko, and Natanael.
If you would like to know more about the Crnkovics and their ministry, contact the Home Office and request to receive their update letters.