Uncivil War

Romanian immigrants are having a hard time finding refuge in their own house of God

Like most worshipers at both churches, the affable Chelmagan is sick of the dissension that marked his last years at Elim.

"I go to church to praise God," he says. "I don't go to church to show how tough I am, or how much power I have, or to be angry at everyone around me."

Chelmagan is asked to point out his parents in the makeshift congregation at the gym. "Oh, they're still going to Elim," he says. "I just needed a fresh start."

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Emanuel Farkas with his wife, Margareta, and daughter Eva at their Glendale home.
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Emanuel Farkas with his wife, Margareta, and daughter Eva at their Glendale home.

Dorin Druhora apparently has told some ex-Elim members that he'd consider coming back to lead the new church. Not likely, says Leo Isfan, who was one of the pastor's most fervent supporters.

"He's not in our picture," Isfan says. "I feel betrayed because Dorin left us. I do regret many things that happened when he was pastor, as I told Pastor Lascau over there. Dorin made mistakes, but he did have a vision that worked for a long time. I think we should just look forward."

He adds, "Maybe one day, the people still at Elim will drive over to our gym church, and say, 'Let's be friends again.' Maybe. But maybe not."

A few months ago, Elim's new board finally hired a new pastor, Petru Lascau. Lascau moved here in October from Chicago, where he'd headed the 1,000-strong Philadelphia Church of God for more than 15 years.

A courteous, articulate man, Lascau says he's well aware of what he stepped into.

"I have come to a church in turmoil," he says. "There still is turmoil in a lot of hearts. Everything I've done was a picnic to what I have here. But when I was called to my church in Chicago, it also was in turmoil. I began to think that God sent for me, from his remodeling department. I realized then, like I do now, that I have to win these people over. People buy you first, then your ideas. To a Romanian, attitude is more important than the words themselves."

Lascau sighs.

"Sometimes, you have to forgive and forget," he says.

Another pause, then a wry chuckle.

"That's easy for me to say."

Editor's note: Some interviews for this story were done through a translator, Nicole Oprea.

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Its so sad that this story still lingers on the internet. I would be curious to see what all those people quoted in the article would say today about what happened that year. What would the Opreas say or the Farcas say? What about Cotan? What would you all say today about what happend? It might not mean a lot to most of you but it's sad that because of this article, people who don't know the facts, random people who were not part of what happened, will never know the truth about Elim and brother Druhora yet each time they will do a google search on "Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church" one of the first things that pops up is this "Uncivil War" article that is filled with lies. So much of the information in here is twisted and 

I was there when all these things happened and SO many people that were there know the truth and can testify to it and its too bad that they don't. It's sad that so many members sat silent in fear of a small group of people. What a shame! I no longer want to sit silent and im sorry that I did for such a long time.

I remember pastor Druhora when people would accuse him or say bad things to him, he would just say 'God is my justice" and surly we can all see that God was his justice. Even if his name is stained by this twisted and biased ariticle, written by someone got got paid well to write this, his character is not stained. 

Please ask yourself and do some reasearch - where are all the trouble makers? what are they saying today? what are they doing, where are they? As for Elim, it's sad that they did with pastor Lascau what they did to Druhora (except Lascau was gutty enough to tell them all off carelessly and Lascau did not get beat up at church as it happened to Druhora). 

I do not want my hands to be smeared with innocent blood so i testify today that the majority of this article is filled with lies. One day, we will all see the truth (if we haven't yet).


I can testify that Druhora is not the one that called the police (there are documents for all those who are really interested...not just empty words or guesses). Second of all, what the so called "Mr. Pop" declares, is a lie. It has been established in the court of law in Romania that all Mr. Pop said was a lie. I would be very careful to make such unlawful allegations (for which he almost went to jail if it wasn't for Mr. Druhora pleading with the judge). It's a HUGE thing to accuse someone of such things and I'm struck by the fact that Phoenix New Times keeps this article up. In a way I'm not surprised because many people today don't check their facts before posting something. Please people, check before you make statements that can stain someone's name for a long time...or more than that, that can harm the Church!!!


I agree with Noprea and the other two below as well. So much of what is written in this article is untrue!!! But there will be a judgment day one day and all the truth will be revealed. I was there and saw what happened to Druhora and it's quite a different story than what is written in this article. I wonder how much Paul Rubin got paid to write this or where exactly he received this information.


Unde sunt cei care au luptat impotriva lui Druhora ; Basa, Gimon, Tavi, Cotan, Ciurdar,Goman, Olariu, etc.??????????????????????. -Sa ma fereasca D-zeu sa ma ating dwuasul D-lui. About YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


As I do not know the details of the allegation against Dorin, nor do I have the capacity to investigate them, I can not add any meaningful support or defense against or for the allegations.

However, what I will say is that I have had long talks with Dorin and gotten to know his family personally in the past. I have found him to be an outstanding person with character, sound mind, balance and wisdom. He is able to understand both the Romanian culture and the American culture. If he has intentionally done harm, it would be the greatest surprise of my life. We all do make mistakes, and I'm sure he has as well, but I would be extremely hard pressed to believe that he had done intentional personal, physical, political or financial harm to anyone.

I hope that all the churches and members are doing well.

mircea volosen
mircea volosen

Druhora Dorin was a clasmate in high school .He came from a well educated family .His father was a scool superintendent .I took Dorin to a penticostal church in Timisoara and God changed his life forever . He was persecuted by the school , secret police, communist party and his family. He was expeled from the school because he became a christian . His name was all over the romanian newspaper and given as an example of somebody who lost his mind becaming a penticostal . It is so sad to see all this lies . Dorin is my hero . 6825570686

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