Dear Friends and Visitors,
Greetings to all of you, I am Dr. Gábor Lassu, the pastor of the Vienna Community Church. First, let me begin with praise to our Heavenly Father for all His love, mercy and grace upon us. Also, I would like to thank all the church members here in Vienna for their commitment to witnessing faithfully to our Lord Jesus Christ in the community, and for their enthusiasm and love as they serve this wonderful community. Glory to God alone!
Let me share with you a few words about my ministry and future vision for the VCC. I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, in a loving and caring Christian family. My father was a mechanical engineer, who designed the world’s first articulated bus in service. As a teenager, I turned towards jazz music, and after finishing the Bartók Conservatorium, I became a musician. However, one day in a Christian youth group, I was saved and the Lord changed my heart. My ministry begin “underground” helping wayward and drug addict teenagers. In 1979, I received the call from the Holy Spirit to serve the Lord. Several years later, I earned my M.Div. degree at the Reformed Academy of Theology, Budapest and began my ministry as a pastor of the Reformed Church in Hungary, a member of the WCC. Ever since my personal motivation has been to fulfill what God wants to do with my life.
In 1993, I was called and elected to serve in the United States as a missionary pastor in Detroit, Michigan. Continuing my ministry, the Lord transferred me to be a senior pastor in San Jose, California. Later, I earned my Ph.D. in Theology at the prestigious Károli University, Budapest. My dissertation topic was “Sustainability – Environmental Theology from the Perspective of Creation, Ecology and Eschatology”. As an Adjunct Professor, I taught Systematic Theology at the Simpson University, Redding, CA and as a lecturer of Applied Theology at the Károli University, Budapest. Meanwhile, I returned to Hungary, served as interim pastor, held continuing education courses for pastors, lay leaders, and became a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
During my ministry, I have served in cooperation with many denominations, organizations and international ministries. I have traveled to, served, and taught in 22 European and North American countries. My life journey has always helped me to live with a gift of acceptance from the Lord and bring diverse people together in unity. The Lord granted me an integrated and synthesized European and American perspective and global ministry experience and I trust that this will provide a powerful intercultural and multilingual facet to the VCC.
I believe that it is important to understand where we come from, where we are going, how society is changing around us, what trends and directions apply to us and where the people are whom we would like to reach. Above all the most vital thing is to understand what exactly the Lord wants us to do and what His vision for us is, because “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1a) Nevertheless, the VCC is one, loving family! This is our primary strength and we can build upon this great value! I have no doubt that our Lord’s abundant grace is with us!
I invite you to come and visit us! We are a Bible-based, English-speaking, international, interdenominational, ecumenical, friendly and welcoming community. Here at the church we recognize your values, we listen to you with interest because you are important to us and we would like to care about you. Come as you are, with your “sweat and small stuff” and we would be delighted to welcome you and get to know you. “YOU MATTER” and the Lord has the power to change lives and the world for the better! I very much hope to get to know you and your family in person!
See you soon!