Roma Partnership

Helping Roma Christians through education and economic development

Roma Partnership

CBF Heartland works with Roma Christians on community and education projects in Slovakia and pastor training in Romania. We encourage you to learn about and experience this vital partnership.


September 2013 – a small group worked with Devleskero Kher, providing examples of mentoring and being mentored by others. The group also visited the Vazec community to meet local leaders, build relationships and plan for future engagement. While in the area, they visited the Grand Tatras and a castle in the city of Poprad.

Summer 2012 – Twelve persons focused their work with Devleskero Kher (God’s House), the Roma church in Kosice.  Mornings were spent painting classrooms of the Koptova School.  Afternoons were spent in VBS-type activities with children and recreation with older youth and young adults. The group also visited Auschwitz, where many Roma and Jews were killed by Nazis in World War 2.

Summer 2011 – Eight persons worked alongside Christians in Cinobana.  The team constructed a pavilion at a church/ministry center alongside local workers. Team members led a Bible study and cooking class with local Roma women. Others assisted the teacher with English classes in the local elementary school.

Fall 2010 – Five persons made a scouting visit with Dianne and Shane McNary throughout Slovakia.  The group assisted the McNarys with strengthened local relationships and made plans for future trips.

Pastor Training at Gypsy Smith School — Bucharest

Each January, two Heartland pastors travel to Bucharest, Romania, to serve as guest faculty at the Gypsy Smith School, which helps Roma pastors gain valuable theological training. Participating pastors include:

Tiger Pennington, FBC, North Kansas City 
Chip Handrich, Second Baptist Church, Liberty

Matt Vandagriff, Kirkwood Baptist, St. Louis 
Matthew Broyles, ESIC Baptist Church

Michael McEntyre, FBC, Columbia
Aaron Huffman, FBC, Lee’s Summit

Adam Travis, Third Baptist Church, St. Louis
Tim Schultz, Little Brushy BC, Wappapello

Jordan Dollar, ESIC Baptist Church
Brian Ford, Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church

Gary Dollar, ESIC Baptist Church
Tim Schultz, Little Brushy Baptist Church

Tiger Pennington, FBC North Kansas City
Tyler Tankersley, Second Baptist Liberty

Bruce Gentry, SEMO Baptist Student Center, Cape Girardeau
Josh Stowe, Wyatt Park BC, St Joseph

Terrell Carter, Third Baptist Church St. Louis
Warren Hoffman, Third Baptist Church St. Louis