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Victor Popa

Victor was born in Romania and spent the first 18 years of his life in an orphanage. Children to Love began visiting his orphanage when he was 8 years old and ever since then, he has considered CTL his family. He’s had the opportunity to travel all over the world and make many friends over the years, including meeting the Queen of Netherlands when he was in the orphanage. Victor received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Bucharest and later moved to the States and received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cal Baptist University in Riverside, CA. In Victor’s role as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development he helps connect, liaise and build long-term relationships with churches, colleges and other like-minded individuals who are interested in CTL’s global work. He also directs, coordinates and oversees all CTL trips as well as works with CTL’s President on creating organizational policies and procedures for the overall mission and programs.


Victor has had the privilege of watching CTL grow over the last 30+ years and loves being a part of the ministry because of the impact that it’s had on his life. He has had many different roles at CTL, from an orphan living in a government-run institution, to a volunteer, an intern, a staff member in Romania, a Board Member in the U.S. and now a full-time staff member in the Bakersfield office.


Favorite scripture: “Well, hard to choose only one. But I like the book of Hebrews a lot and two passages that come to mind are Hebrews 2:1 and 13:8. I also love Matthew 7:12, "Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”


We asked Victor, "If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?"

Victor: “I am letting Julie and Linda choose the pasta for me. But I do like ravioli a lot, it’s so yummy, especially with extra garlic.”

Julie and Linda: “Victor would be a bowtie pasta for sure. He is always so well-kept and professional!”

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