RCH Mourns Passing of its Chief Elder

Dr. Gusztáv Adorjáni, Lay President of the Transtibiscan Church District (Debrecen) and General Director of the Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Hospitals and University Teaching Hospital returned to his Creator in the early morning of 21th October. He passed away at the age of 66 years. He has lived his whole life by the motto “Orando et laborando”, praying and working. The Presidium of the General Convent of the Hungarian Reformed Church mourns him.


Those who are believers have to make feel others that there is a hold whom you can grab in everyday work. This ‘handhold’ is God, Dr. Adorjáni confessed publicly right after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with his colleagues, he did everything in his might for the recovery and dignified treatment of his patients. It is poignant and distressing that his died due to the coronavirus.

The Presidium of the General Convent, the governing body of the Hungarian Reformed Church in the Carpathian Basin, was shocked to receive the news of the death of our brother Gusztáv Adorjáni, but we accepted it without grumbling against our heavenly Father. May God comfort the grieving family and the whole community of our Church.

Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. (Rev. 2,10)

Gusztáv Adorjáni was born in 1954 in the village of Kérsemjén, where his father served as a minister. He graduated from the Secondary School of the Reformed College in Debrecen. First he wasn’t admitted to University due to his connection with the church. He finished his studies and received his MA as medical doctor in 1980. He started working in the County Hospital in Nyíregyháza as Obstetrician and gnyecologist and became later chief physician.

In 2010 he was appointed as the Director of the Jósa András Education Hospital, in 2015 he became the Director General of the Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Hospitals and University Teaching Hospital. A year later he received the honorary (representative) citizenship of the city of Nyíregyháza. He was a committed medical doctor, respected for his professional preparedness countrywide. He was member of a number of associations and foundations and was active in public and church life. He worked for his city as representative of the local municipality and in the last years he was head of the Fidesz party group of the city.

Dr. Adorjáni played an active role in the life of our church. He served for 18 years as elder of the local church council (kirk session) in Nyíregyháza. In 2015 he was elected as the Chief Elder – Lay President of the Transtibican Church District of RCH, with headquarters in Debrecen.