Christian Ministry—Christian Organization
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
Vladmir Raichinov is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the vice president of the Bulgarian Evangelical Society.
When did you trust Christ?
The year was 1990. As a high school student I met a group of international missionaries who shared their faith with me. I joined a Bible study group with them, and several months later made my decision to repent and accept Christ as my Savior.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
After my conversion, I learned that the group I was attending had a very unhealthy theology. I made a choice to look for a church. After a half-year study of different denominations and church traditions, I joined First Baptist Church, Sofia. A defining time for me was that immediately someone started mentoring me. As a result, several years later the church invited me to take over its youth ministry. Getting involved with youth work was probably been the major life changing moment in these past 20-plus years since I became Christ’s follower. It has changed me from introvert to a public speaker, from an insecure youth to a devoted husband and man.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The Forum is an open opportunity for interaction with Christian leaders from all across the continent. I have been blessed on a very practical level in past years. I feel that God is prompting me to continue exploring those opportunities to learn, exchange experiences, and widen our mutual perspective on how He is working on the continent.
What is your ministry?
I serve as pastor at First Baptist Church, Sofia, Bulgaria. I am involved with preaching, worship leading, interpretation, Organisational and logistic responsibilities, and maintenance of the Web and social media platforms of my church, as well as the Bulgarian Baptist Union. Professionally, I am a translator of literature, both Christian and non-Christian. I also serve as an interpreter at conferences, forums and for TV programs. I also am presiding over what we call Bulgarian Evangelical Society, an organization formed by Baptists, Methodists and Congregationalists in Bulgaria. We publish a non-denominational Christian newspaper called “Zornitsa” (“Morning Star”). I am part of the editorial team. I am also the vice president of the Bulgarian Evangelical Society.
What are your past leadership roles?
In my church, at different times, I have been responsible for leading the teenage ministry, worship ministry, youth group, Bible study home groups, and interdenominational activities. On a national level, I have served as youth worker for more than 15 years. Also, for three years between 2002 and 2004, I was Editor in Chief for the national Baptist magazine in Bulgaria, called “Vitania” (“Bethany”).
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Having served as a youth leader and pastor for a decade and a half, I feel I need to make yet another step in my development as a spiritual worker. I am committed to serve God with my life.