Growing up in Yugoslavia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Croatia made some aspects of life in Texas easy for Bojan Dragicevic. The Texas pride that many natives feel resonated with Dragicevic, who carries a similar sense of pride in being Croatian. The blistering 113-degree wind, however, reminded him that he was far from home.
Dragicevic, now a RUFI campus pastor, hopes his experiences as a foreigner will help him reach the international students at the University of Texas.
Dragicevic spent his first 11 years in communist Yugoslavia. After years of instability, war came to Dragicevic’s region in 1991. Following the war, Dragicevic’s family lived in Bosnia-Herzegovina near the border with Croatia. But Dragicevic left his Catholic region to attend college in the Muslim city of Sarajevo.
There, Dragicevic was often in trouble. One night his dorm room turned into the scene of a brawl, and someone put a gun to Dragicevic’s head. “The day after that I started thinking about myself,” he said. “I wasn’t thinking about God or anything spiritual; I just didn’t want to die … but still a question loomed: What is the purpose of my life.”
In summer 2001, a group of Georgia Tech students with Campus Crusade for Christ came to Dragicevic’s college to evangelize Muslims. The Americans took him out to coffee and shared the gospel with him. Slowly, his heart began to soften.
A few months later another Tech student introduced him to Reformed theology and authors such as Tim Keller.
In 2005 Dragicevic joined the Campus Crusade for Christ staff, and in 2008 he felt called to seminary. When Westminster Theological Seminary (now Redeemer Seminary) accepted him, he set his sights on Dallas.
While he planned to return to Croatia, Dragicevic increasingly felt called to pastoral ministry in the states. In 2012, he accepted a call to join RUFI.
“It was an answer to prayer because I wanted to work with foreigners, and I wanted to be a PCA pastor. I also wanted bring the gospel to the nations,” he said.
Now Dragicevic encounters the nations every day via the 6,500 internationals on the University of Texas campus.