From Pulpit to Lecture Hall: Pastor Zivkovic Embarks on a New Journey as a Professor

Posted: June 30th, 2023

After 12 years serving in the Ontario Conference, we bid farewell to Pastor Goran Zivkovic, as he accepts his new position as Associate Professor of Old Testament at Friedensau University in Germany.

Born in Croatia, Pastor Zivkovic completed his Bachelor of Arts in Theology Degree from the Belgrade Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Serbia, and a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages from Lampeter University.

Before his arrival in Canada in 2011, Pastor Zivkovic dedicated seven years to pastoral work and also served as a professor of Biblical languages. Upon joining the Ontario Conference, he served as a pastor of various churches, including the Toronto Yugoslavian Church, Harmony Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the Lindsay company. Throughout his time here, Pastor Zivkovic and his wife, Branka, created a loving home for their two beautiful children, Sarah and Nathan.

In 2022, Pastor Zivkovic earned his Ph.D. degree from McMaster Divinity College in the field of Old Testament studies under the mentorship of the renowned scholar, Dr. Mark J. Boda. Soon after obtaining his degree he was called by and accepted the position of Associate Professor at Friedensau University.

Reflecting on his time in Ontario, Pastor Zivkovic expressed his deep appreciation for the people he served. He stated that he "Cherished the connection and considered the church community as his second family". He also shared that "It is a bittersweet experience leaving Ontario Conference. I loved being part of this great team, and I look forward to staying in touch with everyone."

As Pastor Zivkovic and his family, embark on a new chapter in ministry, the Ontario Conference wishes them well and that their future endeavors be filled with joy, growth, and blessings.