Taras Dyatlik was born into an Evangelical family with eleven children in the western Ukrainian city of Rivne. Taras graduated from Donetsk Christian University(Donbass region) in 1997 with Bachelor of Theology degree and earned his Master of Theology from the Evangelical Theological Faculty(Leuven, Belgium) in the area of New Testament textual criticism. Currently he is pursuing his PhD degree.
Taras has more than 20 years of experience in teaching theology and New Testament in Eastern Europe. He has served as Teaching Assistant, Librarian, Professor and Academic Dean of Donetsk Christian University, as Coordinator of the Slavic Research and Resource Centerand then as Director of Educational Development at the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association. He is also a member of the Public Council of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, of the board of International Council for Evangelical Theological Educationand serves as Advisory Board member for Theologians Without Borders. Taras is also involved in ministry at the “Rock” Evangelical Church of Rivne as a preacher, a counselor and Bible teacher.
Taras Dyatlyk joined Overseas Council Int.in 2011 as the Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia serving our partners in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Central Asia. His passion is to provide mission-minded theological education to fulfill the mission of God in the world.
Academic interests: New Testament Greek, New Testament Exegesis, New Testament Textual Criticism, New Testament Theology, Existential Theology, Early Church Fathers, Homiletics, Educational Philosophy
Skills: educational project management, curriculum development, educational standards for theology development, accreditation visits, assessment methodologies, educational and organizational strategy development, program development, faculty development, leadership development, speaking, presentation, and online communication skills
2002-2005 » Master of Theology and Religious Studies (magna cum laude) from theEvangelische Theologische Faculteit(Leuven, Belgium). Thesis: “The phenomenon of conflation in the textual witnesses of the New Testament: a tentative search for conflation in the Epistle to Galatians” (part of the research project at the ETF) under supervision of Prof. Dr. Gie Vleugels.
1994-1997 » Bachelor of Theology from Donetsk Christian University(Donetsk, Ukraine). Diploma paper: “The importance of using New Testament Greek in church ministry.”
2011-present » Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Overseas Council Int.
2012-present » a member of the Board of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education.
2012-present » a member of the Public Council for Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
2016-2019 » A member of the Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukrainefor recognition of higher education diplomas issued by higher religious educational institutions.
2016-2019 » A member of the Subcommittee (041) for developing the standards for theology of Scientific-Methodological Commissions of Higher Education Scientific and Methodological Council of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
2016-2017 » a Chair of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education.
2011-2019 » Director of Educational Development at Euro-Asian Accrediting Association of Evangelical Schools.
2008-2011 » Director of Slavic Research and Resource Centerof Euro-Asian Accrediting Association of Evangelical Schools.
2006-2008 » Academic Dean at Donetsk Christian University.
2005-2009 » Associate professor of New Testament at Donetsk Christian University.
1998-2002 » Chief librarian at Donetsk Christian University. Teaching assistant (Old Testament Introduction, History of Missions, New Testament Greek, Homiletics). Member of the editorial board of DCU’s journal “Dialog”. Coordinator of DCU’s satellite program “Basics of Theology and Missions” in Mariupol (Ukraine).
1997-1998 » Academic dean at Rivne Regional Bible College(Rivne, Ukraine). Teacher of Comparative Theology and Old Testament Introduction. Member of the editorial board of “Svychnyk” (a magazine of Rivne Regional Union of Baptist Churches).
- “The Conflation in The Epistle to Galatians 4:7”. Gileya 134/7 (2018): 216-220. Print.
- “Research Methodology of the Conflation in the Epistle to Galatians”. The East 3/155 (2018): 72-75. Print
- “Assurance in Salvation: a comparison of the concepts of evangelical Christians and Eastern Orthodoxy”.Scientific Bulletin of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine 280 (2018): 147-159. (http://journals.nubip.edu.ua/index.php/Gumanitarni/issue/view/429)
- “The value of biblical Greek in theology and exegesis of Martin Luther”. Gileya 133/6 (2018): 174-178. Print.
- “Theological-Exegetical Analysis of the Theme of Judgement in the Lord’s Supper”. PracticalPhilosophy68 (2018): 103-110. Print.
- “Does He Who Has Been Born of God τηρει εαυτον or τηρει αυτον?” Theological Reflections 11 (2010): 20-29. Print.
- “What Expectations Do Pastors and Local Churches in the Former Soviet Union Have of Higher Theological Education at the Beginning of the 21st Century?” Theological Reflections 10 (2009): 97-119. Print.