ALBÍN MASARIK is an associate professor in the Department of Evangelical Theology and Mission, Pedagogical Faculty of Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, where he has taught since 1993. He holds a PhD in New Testament Studies and Practical Theology from Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. Dr Masarik has also worked for nearly 10 years as a Baptist pastor in Poprad, Slovakia. Albín is passionate about the personal and educational development in his village community and beyond, but also enjoys playing the piano and working with wood. He is married to Erika and they have two married sons and four grandchildren.