Lazar Sretenovic was born in Zemun, Serbia, to Seventh-day Adventist parents a few years after the end of the Second World War. Since the age of fifteen he is a fair dinkum Aussie, albeit with an accent. 

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Theology) in 1978 from Avondale College, Cooranbong, New South Wales and worked as a minister for three and a half years in the Victorian Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As a matter of conscience, he resigned from the ministry in 1982 over the Investigative Judgement teaching. 

A turbulent journey through the Evangelical and Charismatic churches followed, including a period of staring down the precipice of atheism. Eventually, no longer motivated by threats, he decided to know no one Mt17:8 except Jesus Christ and Him crucified 1C2:2. — Now, constrained by the inescapable love of God, he believes in the living God, Who is the Saviour of all mankind, especially of believers 1Ti4:10. He has embraced Christian Universalism—as he supposes was taught by the early church—and fellowships with all acclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord Ph2:11, especially with the merciful to all Ro11:32.

He is a father of three boys and a grandfather of three, including the youngest one in the photo. He lives in the hinterland Sunshine Coast, Queensland, and enjoys  gardening, chess and table tennis among other things.