PhD, King’s College, University of London, 1998
MA, Religion, Emphasis in Theology and Ethics, Newbold College, Andrews University, 1988
Post-Graduate Certificate in Marital and Pastoral Counseling and Church Growth, Newbold College, England
BA, Theology, Newbold College, England, 1986
Born in Croatia, Dr. Plantak has taught at universities in England and Croatia before coming to Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) in 1998. He also pastored various congregations in full time ministry in South England Conference mostly in and around London for over ten years. Currently he teaches in the Ethics and Theology in Department of Religion as well as in M.B.A. and Master in Public Service programs and in on-line environment in School of Graduate and Professional programs, He leads and directs graduate degree in Religion. He has published on Ethics, Theology and also Pastoral practice. His book, The Silent Church: Human Rights and Adventist Social Ethics, was published both in the United Kingdom (Macmillan Press) and the USA (St. Martin’s Press/Palgrave). Energy and innovation in academics as well as discipleship and engagement in contemporary culture mark his leadership as Professor of Christian Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Theology. The passion for preaching, teaching, lecturing and holding seminars and evangelistic programs carry Zack around the world. Such efforts took him to Russia, Thailand, Austria, China, East Africa, Northern Ireland, Croatia, and Australia.
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Dr. Plantak has focused his research on Christian ethic and theological implications and underpinning of why we do what we do. Especially he has published in the area of human rights, justice issues, race relations, women equality, health care ethics, environmental ethics, and the concerns for the poor and marginalized from a biblical and theological perspectives. Most recent publications (2013-14) have been on The Meaning of Life (“To Live is to Love”), in eschatological ethics (“Eschatological Living: A Call to Restore God’s Justice”), prophetic ethics (“Occupy Till I Come”), and environmental responsibility and sustainability (“Creation Care in a Careless World”). He presented at numerous academic gatherings including most recently in October 2013 in seven cities scholarly gatherings celebrating the 450th anniversary of the first translation of the New Testament into his native Croatia language. His other major area of interest is in leadership development and ethical standards undergirding such important area of study.