Education and/or Training
When did you trust Christ?
I became a Christian in 1991 during the time of Communism in the Soviet Union. I had no Bible to read, no Christian friends, no church to go to, no Christian television or radio to listen to – all of those things were forbidden. But I had a dream. In that dream I got to hell and saw the devil, who was laughing at me. And then I saw someone who looked like Jesus who said to me, “Worship me.” I said “no” because I was frightened and didn’t know what the word ”worship” meant. He repeated again, “Worship me.” Then I woke up knowing that God existed, that He loved me, and that He would forgive my sins. So I repented and asked Jesus to save me.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
In 1999, a team from our church visited an event called “Stoneleigh Bible Week.” The intensive Bible study that week had a big impact on me and led me to realize that my calling in life was to be a teacher.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I expect to be inspired to serve the Lord in my country and to find ways of meeting the challenges in Ukraine. I expect to meet and learn from the other leader’s experiences. I teach at the college level, so it is important for me to see how other Christians are serving in academia.
What is your ministry?
My ministry is to serve as a teacher of ethics and sociology at Dnipropetrovsk Bible College, Kiev Bible Institute, and Kiev Theological Seminary. I am working on my PhD thesis. I am also in charge of all Bible education programs in my church.
What are your past leadership roles?
I previously worked as a pastor’s assistant for my church. My role was to do administrative jobs in church, helping organize church projects and events, and representing church in the local government and agencies.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I am part of a team of leaders who have dedicated their lives to growing a generation of new Christian leaders in Ukraine, deeply rooted in the Bible, in truth, and grace.