Cristian Dumitrescu was born in communist Romania where he experienced what it means to be an Adventist Christian under a dictatorial regime. Following his theological and pastoral training, he began his ministerial activity working with disadvantaged groups and with gypsies, as well as with ethnic minorities. His experience in cross-cultural mission expanded during his MA studies in the UK where he started working with Muslims and became part of a missionary training team. After his return to Romania, he taught at the Romanian Adventist Theological Institute (currently Adventus University). Dr. Dumitrescu’s experience and interest in cross-cultural mission led to his acceptance into the PhD program at Andrews University where he both studied and taught as an adjunct professor in the Religion and Mission departments. In 2012, he was invited to join the faculty of the Applied Theology Department at AIIAS, where he taught and successively led the PhD and the DMiss/DIS programs. Besides teaching, he is currently the editor of the Journal of Asian Adventist Seminary (JAAS) and the pastor of Tagaytay Central Church. He is married to Alina, a professor in the Graduate School and the director of the English Center both at AIIAS. They have two daughters who enjoy living in the Philippines.
Dr. Dumitrescu’s interest in intercultural studies and missiology is reflected in his constant conference presentations and publications on topics related to the contextualization of Scripture to Buddhist, Muslim, animistic, or secular and postmodern cultures. He is regularly presenting at SEANET, the American Society of Missiology (ASM), the Association of Professors of Mission (APM), and various conferences and congresses. His most recent/upcoming publications include a chapter in the compendium on shame and honor (Honor, Shame, & the Gospel: Reframing Our Message for 21st-Century Ministry ) and another chapter in Mission (Im)Possible: The Uniqueness of Christ, the Salvation of All, and Need of Adventist Mission.