Steven Tir, a Slovak born in Croatia, emigrated at age 12 with his family to Canada. After graduating from Apostolic Bible Institute, he worked and studied business in Ontario before serving in Slovakia under the Associates in Missions program from 1992 to 2000. Steven met Jean, a graduate of Gateway College, while they were both AIM workers in Kosice, Slovakia.
The Tir’s received their appointment as UPCI missionaries to Slovakia in September, 2000. After establishing opportunities for ministry with Slovak churches in Serbia, the Tir’s were appointed in 2007 to represent the nation of Serbia, also. As the superintendent of the UPC works in Slovakia and Serbia, Steven oversees established churches, outreach points, and Bible schools. Jean is actively involved in women’s ministry in both nations. In January, 2014, the Tir’s were pleased to launch a new evangelistic ministry: an internet radio station in Serbia, which will reach out to Serbian and Slovak-speaking people around the world.