The Ministers and Their Family
On 25 May 2014, for the first time in Transylvanian Unitarian history a clergy couple was official installed to serve one congregation, the Korond, Unitarian Church. Following the retirement of the previous minister who served the congregation for twenty-five years, Rev. Levente Lázár and Rev. Erika Demeter (a clergy couple) came to the Unitarian Church in Korond starting in January 2013. (In Hungarian, the family name comes first, so in Transylvania they are the Rev. Lázár Levente and Rev. Demeter Erika.)
Both studied at the seminary in Kolozsvár in the early 1990s. Levente’s father was a Unitarian minister and he follows in his father’s footsteps. Erika loves the challenge of serving as a Unitarian minister in Transylvania, where until recently all ministers were male. They have two children, a son, born in 1999, and a daughter born in 2004. Besides serving the Korond Church, they also serve a village church in the mountains and teach in the public school in the Korond, where Erika teaches Latin. The family spent the year 2010 in Berkeley at Starr King School for the Ministry, where Levente was the Balazs Scholar. As a result every member of the family speaks English.