The Areopagus Center for Christian Studies
and Contemporary Culture

The Regional Center for Social Integration and Human Development - CRISDU





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Permanent staff

Alex Neagoe (CV)
President of the Areopagus Centre and CRISDU Areopagus Association

Alex is co-founder of the Areopagus Centre and president of the Areopagus and CRISDU Areopagus Associations. Alex studied theology at Brunel University, London, Great Britain, where he obtained the degree of Doctor of Theology, in 1998.

At Areopagus Alex coordinates the Master Degree Program "The Practice of Spiritually Oriented Social Work", in collaboration with the West University of Timisoara.

He is a senior lecturer in the Social Work Department at the same university.

His most important publication is "The Trial of the Gospel: An Apologetic Reading of Luke's Trial Narratives", published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002. Alex is one of the pastors of Bethel Baptist Church in Timisoara, where he is in charge of the educational department. He is married to Nuti and they have two children, Tania Carmina and Elias Cadmiel. He likes sports, tourism and playing the guitar.

Silviu Rogobete (PhD, Brunel, UK) (CV)
Founding Member and President of General Assembly of Areopagus Centre and CRISDU Areopagus Association

Silviu Eugen Rogobete holds a tenured Professorship at West University of Timisoara, following a seven-years posting as Consul General of Romania in South Africa. He joined the Diplomatic Corps of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in October 2006. Prior to that he was already an Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Politics of the Faculty of Political Science, Philosophy and Communication at the West University of Timisoara, where he taught courses on Foundations and the Practice of Human Rights, Philosophical and Political Anthropology, Religion and Politics. In 1987 he received his first degree in science at Traian Vuia Polytechnic University of Timisoara. Following the fall of the communist regime in 1989, Silviu moved to study in Great Britain, obtaining a second degree in theology (BA, Brunel University, 1994) and a PhD with a thesis in theological and philosophical anthropology (PhD, Brunel University, 1998). In the summers of 2000 and 2001 he benefited of postdoctoral instruction in the area of Human Rights under Professor David Robertson at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University, where he was also admitted as an Associate Member of the Senior Common Room. His list of publications includes: Human Rights. Origins and Practice, Timisoara: Ed. de Vest, 2015); An Ontology of Love (Iasi: Polirom, 2005); coeditor of Ethnic and Religious Diversity in Europe (Amsterdam: ECPM, 2006).

Together with a group of friends, in 1997 Silviu established the Areopagus Center for Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture in Timisoara and in 2001 they established the Regional Center for Social Integration and Human Development. Upon his return from his diplomatic appointment in South Africa, Silviu also established the Ubuntu Center for African Studies, a center for research which he directs as part of the West University of Timisoara. Since September 2013, Professor Rogobete supervises PhD students in Political Science at the West University of Timisoara, recently being appointed as Director of its Doctoral School of Philosophy, Sociology and Political Science.

Silviu E. Rogobete is a member of distinguished academic associations such as: American Political Science Association, Tyndale Fellowship – Cambridge, Langham Scholars Fellowship – London.

In 2016, Professor Rogobete received the honouring title of Associate Professor Extraordinary of Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Ileana Rogobete, PhD (University of Cape Town) (CV)
Director of the Areopagus Institute of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

Ileana Rogobete is a founding member of the Areopagus Center for Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture, being part of its staff from the beginning in 1997. In the department of language and culture that she coordinated, Ileana organized Romanian cultural awareness courses and taught Romanian to foreigners. Later in 2000, she started working with disadvantaged youth in group therapy, with families and couples and also with teenagers and young adults. She coordinated for three years the department of counseling and psychotherapy at CRISDU Areopagus, as well as the project for the HIV positive youngsters and their families. In 2006, Ileana had a significant role in the establishment and accreditation of the Areopagus Institute of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, where she currently is acting as a director and family therapist, clinical trainer and supervisor. In 2011, she received her PhD from the University of Cape Town with a thesis on political trauma and recovery. Living for six years in South Africa, she had the opportunity to develop a multicultural clinical experience by working as a lecturer, researcher and family therapist with people from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. She is married to Silviu and they have two children: Andrei (24 years) and Ralph (20 years).

Adelina Rasadea (CV)  

Adelina Rasadea has been the accountant of the Areopagus Centre since the beginning of its functioning. She graduated in 1997 from the Faculty of Economic Sciences, specializing in Foreign Trade. Adelina was married to Victor in the spring of 2000 and they have three children. Adelina likes working in a team and she is a very dynamic person. Her hobbies are skiing, swimming and traveling. Right now she is on mathenity leave for their third child.

Emma Goldiș (CV)
Office Manager, Coordinator of Language Department

Emma has been a part of the Areopagus team since November 2003. She started as a Romanian Language teacher and Public Relations Officer. At present she is the Office Manager of the Areopagus Center and she coordinates the Romanian Language and Culture Department. In the summer of 2003, Emma obtained a degree in English and Public Relations from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and then completed a one-year post-graduate course at the West University of Timisoara specializing in Organizational Psychology. Emma took a training in Systemic Family Psychotherapy at the Areopagus Institute of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. In September 2003 she married Eugen Goldis. They have two children, Filip Alexandru and Ana Raisa. She is a very sociable and dynamic person. Emma is interested in cross-cultural counseling, family counseling, music, literature and traveling.

Gabriela Povian (CV)
Social Department Coordinator

Gabriela joined Areopagus in the autumn of 2014 as a social worker. She obtained a degree in social work from the Faculty of Sociology and Psychology, West University of Timişoara, the MA program - Values Centered Social Work Practice - of the same faculty and a PhD in sociology, topics: family counseling.

Gabriela coordinates the social department of the Areopagus Regional Center for Social Integration and Human Development  (CRIS-DU Areopagus).

Gabriela is a sociable, cheerful and optimistic person, passionate of literary composition, music and travel. She is married to Sorin and they have a daughter Andrada.

Elena Negoe
Coordinator of Biblical Counseling Department

Florin Vidu (CV) 
IT Support

Florin joined the Areopagus team in December 2001. He teaches computers, administers the computers network and offers IT support. Florin is married and has two children. His interests are technology, reading and classical music.


Emil Bartoş

Radu Gheorghiţă

Andrew LaBreche (CV)

Pamela LaBreche (CV)

Daniel Gheorghe Oprean

Paulian Petric (CV)

Ernest Valea

English Romana