The present Leadership of HMI is comprised of gifted Evangelical Christians, including two attorneys, two CPAs and a retired bishop of the Hungarian Reformed Church.
But first, we would like to honor the departed ones who are with the Lord now.
Harold Barrington – (First) Chairman of the Board
(He was also Board Member of the Protestant Media Foundation)
HAROLD BARRINGTON has served on the board of Hungarian Ministries International since it’s founding, and as its chairman for several of those years. He has served as pastor of two non-denominational Arizona churches before becoming a pastor-at-large to the resort and retirement communities in Mesa. He was also the dean and a lecturer at the Center for Biblical Training during the 70’s and 80’s.
The ministry was a “second career” for him. Prior to 1976 he was in the business world as an executive with a large nation-wide firm. His heavy involvement with ministry as a layman finally led to his resignation to give all his time to pastoral ministry and Bible teaching, at home and abroad. Experience in the workaday world has given a practical relevance to his pulpit preaching. He has spent time in ten of the past summers in Eastern Europe, before and after the Iron Curtain, at the invitation of Hungarian churches in Hungary and Romania.
He was born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in a Christian home. In 1952, with his wife and baby daughter, he moved to California, and became a citizen of the U.S. in 1957, and of Mesa, Arizona in 1974.
Dr. Larry Ward – Board Member
(He was also Cofounder of Protestant Media Foundation)
DR. LARRY WARD – the cofounder of Protestant Media
Foundation and one of the directors of Hungarian Ministries International – has
served Christ through various means over the years. He was managing editor for
Christian Life and Christianity Today magazines in the formative years for
those publications. He was for eight years executive secretary of the
Evangelical Press Association and director of its E.P. News Service. As
Director of International Services and later Vice President/Overseas Director
for World Vision he helped build what is today the largest Christian relief
organization. In 1970 he started the work of Food for the Hungry International
to focus his own ministry on the needs of the poorest of the poor, the hungry,
hurting and homeless people of our world.
He has been recognized the world over for his great achievements and compassionate heart. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan named Larry Ambassador to a Hungry World. In 1986 he received the Presidential End Hunger Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 1979 His Royal Highness Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark bestowed upon Larry the Order of Merit on behalf of the Ancient and Royal Order of St. John. He received several honorary doctorate and honorable Keys to the Cities from around the world, from Florida to Japan. In 1998 the 27 million members National Association of Evangelicals named Larry the recipient of its most prestigious award, the J. Elwyn Wright Award, “for outstanding service in the cause of evangelical cooperation.” (Dr. Larry Ward memorial page)
Larry was a graduate of
the Wheaton College and after completing much of his ministry, in 1985 earned
both an M.A. in International Studies and a Ph.D. in International Administration
from Columbia Pacific University.
James L. Edward – (Second) Chairman of the Board
(He was also Board Member of the Protestant Media Foundation)
I recall with gratitude JAMES EDWARD's participation in the activity of Hungarian Ministries International – his devotion, his professional help and his leadership. He was a board member of this organization for ten years and for seven years he served as the Chairman of the board. Jim visited Hungary many times, helped many of our projects on the site and played an important role in the establishment and activity of the Protestant Media Foundation.
Jim received his education from the University of Arizona and earned his engineering degree in the Military. After more than twenty years of service he retired as Lt. Col. from the USAF and was a commercial pilot with Southwest Airlines.
On a more personal level, allow me to reveal what my friendship with Jim meant to me. It started, when once his Sunday-school class invited me to give a report on the Concordance project. After I finished my report they did not let me come down from the pulpit but pulled away the curtain behind me and there was a table with a computer system set on it. This was their gift, with which I was able to continue the editing work of the Concordance. In the following years, Jim provided me with the most updated computers and operating systems and taught me how to maintain these modern marvels. During those countless hours, I recognized what a selfless and generous man Jim was. He gave of himself above and beyond expectations, demonstrating Christ's love not only in word but also in deed. His character revealed a man who could be trusted as a true friend, one who could share in the ups and downs of personal life, the joys and the sorrows, successes and failures. He always gave godly counsel and support and proved his steadfastness and authentic faith. Friendships of this depth are rare. I cherish the friendship God granted me in Jim and I will miss him greatly.
JOSEPH BARANYI – Founder and President
He is also President of Protestant Media Foundation, and CEO of Veritas Publishing House, Hungary since its foundation. Hungarian program producer for Trans World Radio between 1972 and 1992. Prior to that worked as a geologist in Hungary for five years.
Produced more than 5000 radio programs, including magazine and youth programs, essays, sermons, Bible expositions, lectures, reports, translations of English and German programs as well as other writings.
Published many writings in Christian papers. Edited and published a quarterly paper, Antenna, for four years. Translated a number of books, including university study books like Samuel J. Schultz’ The Old Testament Speaks and Old Testament Survey. Edited and published the first and only Exhaustive Concordance to the Hungarian Karoli Bible in 1995. Published the Hungarian edition of the NIV Study Bible in 2001, was the Chief-editor of the revision of the Hungarian Karoli Bible, and written several of his own books.
Experienced conference speaker. Traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe numerous times over 40 years, making several hundreds of presentations at various conferences, rallies and church gatherings.
Awarded Masters Degree in 1967 in the Eotvos Lorand University of Science, Hungary and continued his education in Germany, the Netherlands and the United States.
In 2002 the Hungarian government’s Minister of National Cultural Heritage awarded him with the prestigious Gaspar Karoli Award. Since 1996, the government awards those who distinguished themselves through extraordinary achievements in the field of biblical communication with the Gaspar Karoli Award. (Gaspar Karoli was the translator of the Hungarian Bible in 1590.)
DAVID B. GOOD, MBA CPA CVA – Chairman Emeritus
Professional Designations: 1962 Certified Public Accountant, 1974 Admitted to Practice before the U.S. Tax Court, 1996 Certified Valuation Analyst
Professional Organizations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, Pittsburgh Tax Club, National Society of Tax Practitioners
Personal: Birth date July 17, 1935; Married to the former Nancy E. Connor (1963); Six Children; Church Elder and Lay Minister; Board Member of and Consultant to Numerous Charitable Organizations; Published Author – ”A View of Genesis From the Rumble Seat of a Two Humped Camel”, a devotional commentary for young adults, published by Steel Publishing Partners, Pittsburgh, PA 2000.
VINCENT M. MURRIETTA CPA – Treasurer
An Arizona native, Vince has practiced in the financial services industry for 21 years, with his specialty being income tax planning/preparation for individuals and business owner's. Vince and Integrated Financial Concepts, Inc. has been associated with New England Securities since 1995 and is a registered representative. He is a member of the Arizona and the National Society of Certified Public Accountants. He currently sits on the Board and is acting Treasurer for several local non-profit organizations, like the Powerhouse Youth Community Center, Church of Nazarene, Glendale.
His experience as an employee of a CPA firm and current owner of his own firm, has allowed him to serve the needs of individuals and business owners in all areas of taxation, tax compliance filings, business planning, financial statement preparation, and estate planning.
He is married and has 4 adult children. Their oldest daughter graduated from Phoenix Theological Seminary.
ANNEMARIA BARANYI-ATKINSON – Secretary
Annemaria Baranyi completed her undergraduate work at Arizona State University and at the Sorbonne University, Paris. After studying one year at Karoli Gaspar University, Budapest and working as a multi-lingual translator for a year in Hungary, Annemaria studied at Rutgers School of Law, receiving her Juris Doctorate. Upon graduating, she acted as judicial clerk to a Criminal Judge, writing opinions, mediating settlements and managing the Chambers. For seven years she worked in Washington, D.C. as an independent consultant in international law. Recently she was relocated to Elijay, Georgia where she works with her husband in the Law Offices of Atkinson & Associates LLC. Annemaria also serves on the Board of Directors for Protestant Media Foundation, Hungary.
Bishop ANDREW DEMETER – Board Member
Bishop Andrew Demeter received his education at the Protestant Theological Institute of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, which gave university training for Reformed, Lutheran and Unitarian ministers in Transylvania in Hungarian language.
After serving several years as a pastor of a Reform Church in Transylvania, his family moved to the United States and he became of the pastor of the Reformed Church in Phoenix and in 1990 he was elected to become the President Bishop of the Hungarian Reformed Churches in the United States and Canada.
Dr. MARTIN FEKETE, D.H.Sc., MBA, CSP, SPHR. – President & CEO of Divergent Health, LLC. and Vice President, Risk Management for National PEO.
Dr. Fekete brings knowledge and management leadership experience in various industries, along with his thorough knowledge in regulatory compliance, legal, human resources, healthcare, biotechnology, occupational health and safety, engineering, construction, ISO/QS standards and manufacturing operations. He recently served with Amazon senior management in the Phoenix area. Prior to joining Amazon he was Sr. Consultant at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station and former President and founder of Phase One Environmental Consultants. He has over thirty years’ experience with Fortune 500 companies ranging from Motorola, AMD and Amazon and McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company.
Martin is a Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a practicing epidemiologist and member of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) and the Association of Interdisciplinary Doctors of Health Science (AIDHS).
He is married to his beautiful wife Leona and they have one daughter Kierra. Martin was baptized a Catholic and over the years became acquainted with his good friend Marshal and Mark, who introduced him to Christ several years ago. Marty was re-baptized on Easter Sunday 2016 as a new Christian and has dedicated the remainder of his life working to promote God’s word and our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.
MICHAEL D. GOOD – Legal Adviser
Michael Good earned his undergraduate degrees at Wharton School of Business and University of Pennsylvania respectively, and then continued his education at Pepperdine University School of Law in California, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1994.
Mr. Good devotes his practice to the representation of businesses and individuals for all aspects of insolvency, bankruptcy and debtor/creditor relationships. Mr. Good has written and published numerous articles and presentations on the subject of tax liabilities in bankruptcy. Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1994, Mr. Good is a member of State Bar of California, Section of Business Law American Bankruptcy Institute, Los Angeles Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association and Orange County Bankruptcy Forum.
Rev. TAMAS J. GYORI – Executive Vice President
Other professional education, training, courses:
Working on the Hungarian version of NIV Study Bible (Veritas Publishing House), the Life Application Study Bible (International Bible Society), editing the NIV Student Bible (Harmat & Veritas Publishing House), working on pamphlets and prepress work. Since 2000 editor and later on project manager of the publishing and distribution of the revised Károli Bible. Presently, one of the managers of the Hungarian edition of the ESV Study Bible. 2010 to present: Teacher (Introduction to Theology) in the EKE's (Lutherans Fellowship for the Gospel) Bible School (Budapest). Curator of the Apologia Foundation (the Hungarian branch of The Centers For Apologetics Research (CFAR)). 2008–2012: voluntary work for the Radio Maria (Hungary), Europa Radio and Civil Radio: editor and radio program host. 1994–2002: voluntary work for the Zacchaeus Media Centre (Protestant Media Foundation): technician, cameraman. 1998 to present: connection with the Association of Christian Professionals and Business People (KEVE, the Hungarian partner organization of CBMC International). 1995 to present: Participating in the Lutheran and Reformed youth work (organizing Bible camps, supervising different Lutheran youth groups, conference lectures etc.). 1999: organizing a Christian music festival (Jubal)
Married since 2000 with Virag Katalin Gyori. Father‐of‐three: Hanga Kata (2004), Kinga Panna (2006), Mira Greta (2012)
VIRAG GYORI – Editor-in-Chef of Family Magazine
Honors & Awards:
Married to Tamas J. Gyori (2000). Mother-of-three: Hanga Kata (2004), Kinga Panna (2006), Mira Greta (2012)
Rev. JANOS S. GYORI – Secretary of Protestant Media Foundation since its foundation.
Education, working experiences: Graduated of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Budapest in 1973. After graduation, because he was politically unreliable for the Communist, they place him to remote area of the country. He served as an assistant pastor in Kiskoros and Bekescsaba in 1973–1981. He served as a pastor in Osagard (1981–1991) and in Pesterzsebet Lutheran Church in Budapest (1991–Present).
Founder and Leader the first Contemporary Christian Music Group in Hungary in 1965. Produces his first Documentary film in 1972. Initiates the Apocalypses production in 1973. Started and still organizes the Ancestors and Jubal annual Christian Music Festival in 1987. Founder and Director of the Zakeus Media Center of the Hungarian Lutheran Church. Published several papers mostly in field of media and communication.
Prof. JENO BARATOSSY Co-founder of Protestant Media Foundation
Education, working experiences: He earned an M.A. in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Budapest in 1951. After graduation he worked there, as an Assistant Professor. However, as politically unreliable for the Communist, they removed him from office in 1953 but rehabilitated forty years later, in 1993. Nominated to the position of a University Professor and helped to establish numerous Collages and Universities in Hungary.
Leader of the Soli deo Gloria Reformed Youth
Organization (1940–1944). Presbyter of the Szabadsagter Reformed Church (1957–1998) and the Pozsonyi ut Reformed Church (1999–Present). Founding Provost
of the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University (1993–1998) Co-founder and first
president of the Hungarian partner organization of CBMC International.
Presidium member of the INICIATIE Protestant Business Association. Board Member
in the American-Hungarian International Health Service organization.