Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
When did you trust Christ?
I was born in a Roman Catholic family, but my parents did not visit the church because during the time of Communist rule in Minsk there was no Catholic church. In 1993 I met a group of young people in Catholic Holy Trinity Church in Minsk who studied the Bible every week. The leader of that group was a student from Poland named Jaroslaw Lukasik. In 1994 I was born again.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
In 1999, the Catholic cardinal of Minsk said that we must disband our congregation as we were more Protestant than Catholic. We became evangelicals at John the Forerunner Pentecostal Church. Since 1997, I have been working towards publishing the Bible in Belarusian, because although the first Bible in Belarusian was printed in 1517, to this day there is no commonly used text of Holy Scripture in Belarusian. I wrote the book “The Golden Age of Belarus” in 2001. This book is an analysis of the religious history of Belarus in the 16th century. I am also one of the organizers of the East European Leadership Forum, which is held annually in Kiev, Ukraine.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
In Belarus we need to communicate with Christian leaders from abroad, especially from Europe, to learn from them and to share what the Lord has revealed to us. The Forum increases my skills in apologetics and is a good opportunity to get inspired by Christian leaders from all over Europe.
What is your ministry?
I am a pastor of a 100 member Pentecostal congregation in Minsk, Belarus – John the Forerunner Church. Our church works among students, intellectuals, and political activists. I took over the leadership in 2007 when the co-pastor Jaroslaw Lukasik was deported. Each year we serve about 500 students and young people from different universities. Our children’s ministry serves more than 2,000 children each year. Also this year our church organized 35 apologetics discussion clubs for students and 30 street evangelization events.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
In the age of Reformation the main part of the Belarusian elite were Protestant. But in the 17th century the “treason” of Reformation by the Belarusian elite caused a state of permanent crisis, from which the Belarusian nation has not recovered. In present times, evangelicals are the most dynamic and organized group in Belarusian society. But the great weakness of the church is a lack of educated Christian leaders because under Communist rule Christians were prohibited from attending university. A key problem for Belarusians is a lack of national identity. If the church provides a solution to this problem, the Christians can impact the making of the Belarusian nation.