By Jamie Hoffman
The year was 1986. Romania was a socialist country run by a communist government. Atheism was heavily promoted. Opportunities for Christians were limited. Unbelievers called them “repenters” and mocked their beliefs. It was a harsh world for a 15-year-old like Tiberius Rata.
Fast forward more than two decades. Rata no longer lives in danger because of his belief in Jesus Christ. In fact, he talks about his faith every day as a professor of Old Testament studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary (Winona Lake, Ind.).
Last September Rata, a faculty member since 2005, was named chair of the biblical studies department. The department is now joined with the seminary to make up Grace’s School of Ministry Studies.