Mariusz (Max) Bartkowski is serving as pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Bydgoszcz. He is a graduate of the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw, University of marketing and management, and Warsaw Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to entering full-time ministry in 2011, Max worked as a Trade Marketing Manager at T-Mobile, Poland. He and his wife Agnes, have two children, John, and Adam. Max has served in Polish Baptist Union churches for four years. In 2015, he moved with the family to Dublin (Ireland) to support his mother-in-law who was diagnosed with cancer and was going through chemotherapy. He stayed there for one year and was trying to reach Polish emigrants in cooperation with the local church. As he was planning to come back to Poland he was praying and seeking guidance from the Lord on how they could best serve Him. Max came to the conviction that he must plant an independent, biblical church in Poland. As he had never planted a church before, he needed to seek training. God, in His provision connected him with Grace Baptist Partnership and he moved with the family to Edinburgh (Scotland) to learn from Pastor Ali McLachlan. He was trained and sent with his family as a missionary by Grace Baptist Church, Edinburgh to Bydgoszcz in July 2017. Grace Baptist Church Bydgoszcz was constituted in November 2019.
Update from Pastor Bartkowski (October 2022):
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Thank you for your prayers for Grace Baptist Church Bydgoszcz and our family. The last few months were busy and blessed in many ways. Please find the Grace Baptist in Europe material with the summary (attached). I want to add a couple news to that.
God added to us Grzegorz and Aleksandra who became BBC Bydgoszcz member on Sunday 2 nd of October. Grzegorz and Aleksandra were visiting our church from October 2021. They have a terrible experience with two different churches, and we prayed to be the spiritual SPA for them. They went through the church membership course and decided to join the church. We are glad to have them as a part of our fellowship.
Another good news is that an elderly women Kateryna and her disabled son Victor – the refugees from Sumy (Ukraine) were reunited with their family in Canada. They have spent with us few months and we love them both. As some of you know Kateryna had a stroke two months ago. She was diagnosed with blood cancer (polycythaemia) and diabetes when she was at the hospital. Please pray for her and her son Victor – both are unbelievers. Their family goes to Grace Baptist Church Selkirk Manitoba pastored by brother Blake Kenaum. We pray for them to repent and be saved by the Lord.
The Grace Baptist Partnership is going to organize the tutorials for likeminded brothers who are church planters or have a desire to plant the church in Poland. I was greatly helped by the training I received from Ali McLachlan in Edinburgh, and we want to help others to learn from Barry King, Ryan King and Ali McLachlan. We trust the Lord will use it for His glory and use young man to reach Poles in different parts of Poland.
Please continue to pray for us and our ministry in Poland.
Yours in Christ!
Mariusz Max Bartkowski