At the end of the summer, a new head of the central church office of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ÚCK) took up the post. The current General Secretary, Jaromír Plíšek, a former diplomat who had led the office since January 2017, was replaced on Monday, September 20, by his former deputy, Martin Balcar.
Martin grew up in a congregation in Strašnice, Prague, and studied social work at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. Already during his studies, he led the Divoké Husy Foundation for seven years, followed by the Safety Helpline, and then he anchored at the ECCB Diakonia headquarters as the Head of Communication and External Relations. Prior to joining ECCB’s central church office in March 2020, he worked for seven years as a Campaign Manager for the Czech branch of Amnesty International.
„I accept the work of the General Secretary with great humility. I see a large number of activities that take place in churches and throughout the church, which fills me with optimism and joy. I would like to run an office that serves the ECCB and helps it with the fundamentals, namely, to preach Christ. And I know the most important thing is happening at the church community level. Therefore, I want to focus on the effectiveness of activities and be open to the necessary changes. I would like to lead the ECCB in a way that we can fulfil our duty and do what the ECCB wants and where it is heading. At the same time, I look forward to working with excellent colleagues in the office as well as in the church,“ says Martin Balcar.