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Rector
Mykhnevych Pavel
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Mykhnevych Pavel

Service:
Missionary is 13 years old.
The pastor of the church is 4 years old.
Conductor of the church choir – 4 years.
Teacher of the music school – 8 years.
Head of the Department of Education of the Association of Churches of the HVEP of the Poltava region – 9 years.
Director of Poltava Theological Seminary – 10 years.
Education:
Bachelor of Arts – Rivne State Musical College.
Master of Arts – Rivne State Humanitarian University.
Bachelor of Service – Rivne Spiritual Seminary and Academy.
Master of Theology – Evangelical Theological Seminary (ETS), Kiev.
Master of Religious Studies – a student of the Institute of Retraining at the National Scientific and Technical University. NP Dragomanova.
Postgraduate student of the NPU im. NP Dragomanova Department of Culturology.
Master of Arts – Rivne State Humanitarian University.
Bachelor of Service – Rivne Spiritual Seminary and Academy.
Master of Arts – Rivne State Humanitarian University.
Bachelor of Service – Rivne Spiritual Seminary and Academy.

Vice-rector
Skrypnichenko Igor
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Skrypnichenko Igor

Igor Skrypnichenko was born on August 21, 1993, in Poltava. He studied in his native city and grew up in a Christian family. In 2008, Igor sensed the call to the preaching ministry and got baptized.
Since 2014 Igor has been working as a vice-president in the academic sphere and a professor at the Poltava Theological Seminary. He took part in founding departments of the Modern Pastorship and Church Planting, Youth Pastoral Ministry, and Christian Counseling.
Since 2013, he has been mentoring students of the Modern Pastoral Ministry and Church Planting, helping them to develop the Protestant theology, plant new churches, and edify existing ones. Since 2013, Igor has constantly been teaching in Seminary’s Bible schools the local congregations in Kropyvnytskyi, Poltava, Kharkiv, Balakliya, Piryatyn, Orzhitsa, Chernivtsi, Odessa, and Mykolaiv. Thus, he performs the ministry, following the example of one of the respected Protestant theologians, Kevin Vanhuser, who said that to serve means “to return the mind of Jesus Christ to the Body of Jesus Christ.”
In 2014, Igor founded a theological research center at the Poltava Theological Seminary. While teaching hermeneutics and Christian worldview formation courses, Igor Skripnichenko began writing his book on hermeneutics, called “Revival of Discipleship.” He also started preparing lectures on Christian influence fostering revival.
Igor Skrypnichenko is married to Tatiana. They are raising their daughter Solomiya together.
His catchphrase is: “God gave a sword and a trowel into the hands of a servant of Jesus Christ. A sword to destroy everything that does not align with His plan. A trowel for building His Kingdom on earth as in heaven, until the glorious coming of Jesus Christ.”
Education:
Igor began his theological education in 2008 at the Bible school at the Poltava Theological Seminary while still being a high school student. Having graduated from high school, he entered the Poltava Theological Seminary and received a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education. In 2016 he got enrolled the integrated program for writing a doctoral dissertation in theology on the topic “Theological hermeneutics of Kevin Vanhuser.” At the same time, he pursued a master’s degree in political theology at Drahomanov National Pedagogical University.
At the moment, Igor continues the biblical studies at the Evangelical Reformed Seminary of Ukraine.

Dean of the Music Department
Mykhnevych Larisa
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Mykhnevych Larisa

Dean of the Department of Christian Education
Alexandra Mykhnevych
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Dean of the Department of Christian Education of the Poltava Theological Seminary
Alexandra Mykhnevych

Education:
BA of Legal Studies, Poltava Law Institute of the National Law University named after Yaroslav the Wise, 2018.
MEd, Calvin University (Grand Rapids, MI), 2019.
Graduate student pursuing the Master’s degree in Educational Ministries at Trinity International University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, (Deerfield, IL).

Teacher
Gerard D. (George) de Vuyst
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Gerard D. (George) de Vuyst

Rev. Gerard D. (George) de Vuyst graduated from the Philosophy Department of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA (www.calvin.edu) in 1993. Received a Master of Divinity degree (magister divinitatis; MDiv) from the Calvin Theological Seminary in 1998 (www.calvinseminary.edu). Certified Master Trainer at the Timothy Discipleship Institute since 2012. Certified Trainer of Trainers at the International School of Reconciliation since 2015. Since his first visit of the Soviet Union in 1988, Rev. de Vuyst was deeply interested in the Soviet Union and the countries of eastern Europe. He came to Ukraine for the first time on January 1, 1992, to study at the Shevchenko University on a special department of the Russian language and Ukrainian history and culture for foreigners. Spent a whole year in Ukraine, he collaborated with the SEND International mission and with the ECB Union. From June to August of 1994 de Vuyst served as a volunteer in the Transcarpathian region, in Hungary and in Romania serving in the summer camps of the Hungarian Reformed Church. In
August 1995, he returned in Transcarpathia for a year to fulfill the requirement of practical ministry for receiving the master’s degree. He served next to Rev. Lazlo Gorkai, pastor of the Transcarpathian Reformed Church in the village of Velikyi Dobron. Rev. de Vuyst was engaged in ministry among youth and the Roma people there. Since 1998 de Vuyst serves with the mission of his denomination, Resonate
Global Mission (formerly Christian Reformed World Missions), in Ukraine. From 1998 to 2013, he lived in Mukachevo and trained missionaries for the Carpathian Reformed Church, he founded the Christian Reformed Church in Mukachevo, and began to develop the ministry of Timothy Discipleship Institute in Ukraine. In 2013 Rev. de Vuyst moved to Kiev to continue developing the Timothy’s program in Ukraine and to begin new trainings in pedagogy, as well as the healing and reconciliation ministry “Healing Hearts, Transforming Nations”. Rev. De Vuyst is married and has three children.

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Matt Frazer
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Matt Frazer

Canadian, who had experiences of ministry in different contexts and cultures. After pursuing the Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Master’s Dergee in Religion, he became a pastor in Canada, a mentor in Zambia. Currently, he is serving in Ukraine, teaching the Bible and developing Gospel-centered churches. He is an author of “Jesus and redemption narrative in the Scripture”. He also speaks at numerous seminars in Canada and Ukraine that help Christians to read the Bible focusing on Christ. He desires to see salvation and transformation made by the power of the Gospel through discipleship. The question he always asks is: “If the Gospel is really true, what will glorify God the most in this situation?”.

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Johannes Justus
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Johannes Justus

Pastor Johaness Justus was born in 1957. He is a President of The Federation of Free Pentecostal Churches of Germany (BFP) and at the same time leading pastor of the Christian Church Elim in Hannover, Germany. He actively serves in his native country and also overseas as a trainer, church couтselor, and speaker at international conferences.
Johannes is married to Irene Justus since 1976. They have 6 own children, 1 adopted kid, and 14 grandchildren. Johannes was born in Kluchi (Kazakh SSR) where he attended the baptist church from a young age. He had pursued special education in the fields of electrical and aviation engineering in Kazakhstan before he and his family immigrated to Germany in November 1988. There, he started working as an engineer and the project manager at the engineering company. Pursuing the second education, Johannes started learning theology at BFP and was ordained on the pastoral ministry in 2000. Serving at the Free Christian church in Nienburg (Freie Christengemeinde Nienburg), Johannes also worked as an educational ministry leader at BFP in the Weser-Ems region. In 2009 Johanness became the pastor of Christian Church Elim in Hannover. In the process of professional skills improvement, Johannes studied at the University of Leibniz in Hannover. From 2010 to 2012 he was a regional leader of BFP churches in the Niedersachsen Ost area. Johaness Justus is the President of the Federation of Free Pentecostal Churches of Germany (BFP) since September 2012.
Johaness is passionate about planting and supporting strong and growing churches. He strives for the establishment of God’s Kingdom on all levels and people’s reconciliation with God. He makes a major contribution to the partnership among the churches, in particular, as a member of the Evangelical Alliance Presidium of Germany ( Evangelische Allianz Deutschland).
Johaness enjoys supporting and developing gifted individuals, especially ordained ministers, in the process of their ministry and growth of their talents. Meanwhile, he draws a special attention to the work of the Holy Spirit and maintains the openness to the supernatural power of God among the Christians. From time to time he writes about this on his website www.johannes-justus.de.
He likes to spend his leisure time with wife Irene outdoors or traveling. Additionaly to his program of professional skills development he also finds time for doing sports and taking pictures.

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Rudy Duke
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Rudy Duke

Rudy Duke was born in Kazakhstan in 1968 in the Christian family. In 1979 his family immigrated to Germany. In February 1980 Rudy decided to dedicate his life to God. After completion of the theological education, he founded the “International Christian Camps” mission. As a result, thousands of teenagers and young people came to the living faith in Jesus Christ.
After graduation from the Academy for Christian Leaders, he founded the Institute of Leadership and Administration for the Russian-speaking leaders from Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Mongolia, China, and the USA. Besides being a leader of the missionary organization, Rudy is the pastor of «Schöne Aussicht Church. Rudy Duke is married to Olga Duke. They have three own children and a married ward.
His motto is: “The one who teaches others changes their lives forever”.

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Sergey Vituykov
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Sergey Vituykov

Pastor and teacher Sergey Vityukov was born in the city of Saint Petersburg in the Christian family. He came to God at the age of 12. He has been participating in church ministry since the age of 24. Since 1988 Sergey has served as pastor and teacher. He pursued his Master’s degree in Theology at Vision International University. Sergey spent his childhood in Ukraine. He founded the “Renewal Ministries” mission in 1998. This mission is aimed at spreading the Word of God, helping Christians in their spiritual formation, family counseling, and preparation of leaders for the harmonic building of the body of Christ in the USA and CIS countries. Hundreds of students became ministers and leaders after completion of these programs. Sergey Vityukov and his wife raise three children – Valeria, Avenir, and Avel.

Ministry
Sergey Vituykov – founder and leader of the “Renewal Ministries” mission, Doctor of Divinity, author of numerous educational programs on counseling, personal development, leadership training, and church ministry. Sergey has been a pastor, teacher, and speaker at different seminars in the USA, Europe, and CIS countries. Together with his wife Violetta, 3 own children, and one adopted daughter they live in Sacramento, CA.

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Yaroslav Lukasik
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Yaroslav Lukasik

Yaroslav Lukasik has been a director of the Eastern European Leadership Forum since 2011. He is also a founder of the church called “John the Baptist” (Minsk, Belarus) and has been a senior pastor there for many years. In 2001 he initiated the movement of the New Reformation in Belarus that consolidated many churches of different denominations for the spreading of the Christian worldview in Belarus society. Yaroslav runs the “School of Society Reformation”. At the end of 2010, Yaroslav and the team of young Christians started the “Podolsky club”, the project called to “help believers to thinks, and thinkers to believe”. Yaroslav, his wife Natalia, and their four children have been living in Kyiv since 2008.

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Denis Serdichenko
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Denis Serdichenko

Denis Serdichenko was born on March 20, 1979, in Izmail.
Nationality – Ukrainian. Married and has three children.
2000 – graduated from Kyiv Bible Institute with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology.
2001 – was ordained for the fervent ministry at the “Central Church” in the city of Odessa.
2008 – was elected to be a senior pastor at the “Central Church” in the city of Odessa.
2009 – graduated from Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Arts in the sphere of Christian studies.
In childhood, Denis absorbed spiritual, moral, and ethical values in the family of his father Serdichenko Peter who was a bishop, and his mother Tatiana Serdichenko who was a deacon. The Christian traditions of parenting, the example of love, faithfulness, and mercy prevailed in their family and then, have been passed on all of their nine children. As a result, all of them are involved in the ministry.
Knowledge in Theology and Psychology were gained at Kyiv Bible Institute in 2000. Additional theological knowledge Denis gained at Evangelical Theological Seminary he graduated in 2009.
Rewards and tittles conferred to Denis Serdichenko:
2010 – the honorary reward of the city mayor “Podyaka” for the active social work.
2010 – memorial order “Victory 65 years” for the annual, fruitful charitable work done for veterans.
2010 – memorial medal “Victory 65 years”
2010 – reward “For the Resilience” by the public organization “Order of the rehabilitation for the persons with disabilities and veterans” for the long-term and fruitful charitable work done for persons with disabilities and veterans.
2008 – Certificate of Merit from the mayor of the city of Odessa.
2012 – the honorary reward of the mayor of the city of Odessa “For the service to the community”.
2015 – reward “Podyaka” of Odessa regional authority.
2016 – medal “25 Years of the Independence of Ukraine”.

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Vasiliy Novakovets
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Vasiliy Novakovets

Vasiliy Novakovets was born in 1975 in Korosten, Zhytomyrska oblast’ in the nominal orthodox family. Having studied at vocational training school he heard the Gospel from his peers. Vasiliy decided to dedicate his life to God in Fall, 1992. He was baptized in the local Baptist church in Summer, 1993. Vasiliy gradually pursues theological education.
1994-1996 – studying at the Bible College of Saint Jacob in Kyiv.
1996-1997, 1997-2001 – studies at Odessa Theological Seminary; graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology.
2007-2012 – studying at Talbot School of Theology (branch in Kyiv); Mater’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies.
Currently, Vasiliy is pursuing his second Master’s degree (concentration – administration of the higher educational institutions) at South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University in Odesa.
Vasiliy has been working in the field of theological education since 2001.
2001- 2003 – secretary/assistant at the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association.
2003- 2015 – Vasiliy was working at Odessa Theological Seminary starting his career as a teacher’s assistant and ending up as an academic dean.
Since 2015 he has been coordinating the extramural program at Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary in Lviv.
Vasiliy teaches homiletics, hermeneutics, Old and New Testaments overview at different theological schools; takes interest in the history of the Evangelical Baptist movement in Ukraine; speaks at different events on the relevant topics. Vasiliy is an author of more than 30 theological, historical, and pedagogical publications, including 2 articles in professional-pedagogical editions.
Since 2000 Vasiliy has been participating in publication projects, in particular, as a coordinator of the series “National Evangelical Authors”(2008-2015) and “Ukrainian training Bible”(since 2015).
In 2000 Vasiliy got married to Anastasia. They live in Odessa and have three children.
Vasiliy Nakovets desires theological education in Ukraine to meet educational standards and requirements, be modern in pedagogical tactics, conservative in the content, and useful for the local churches and society.

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Sudakov Serhii
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Sudakov Serhii
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Douglas Bratt
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Douglas Bratt

Education

Calvin Theological Seminary
1984-1987
M.Div.

Calvin College
1976-1980
B.A.

Work Experience

Silver Spring (MD) Christian Reformed Church
Pastor
1998-present

Fruitport (MI) Christian Reformed Church
Pastor
1992-1998

Lincoln Center (IA) Christian Reformed Church
Pastor
1987-1992

Kincardine (Ontario, Canada) Christian Reformed Church
1986
 Summer Pastoral Intern

Bethel (Edgerton, MN) Christian Reformed Church
1985
 Summer Pastoral Intern

Immanuel (Salt Lake City, UT_ Christian Reformed Church
1982-1984
 Pastoral intern after church’s pastor left

Publications

Beyond Blame: Worship in Holy Week, Reformed Worship, December 2011
Character References: Meeting People in Literature, Reformed Worship, September,
2011
Heaven’s ‘Great Multitude’ in My Heart I Offer (Calvin College Alumni Association,
2000)
Psalm, Old Testament and Epistle Lectionary Sermon Starters, Calvin
Theological Seminary Center for Excellence in Preaching, 2012-present

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David L. Nelson
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David L. Nelson

Ministry:
Pastor – 23 years.
South Dakota State District Superintendent – 15 years.
Appointed missionary with the Assemblies of God (USA) – 11 years (since 2001).
President of the Evangelical Theological Seminary, Kiev, Ukraine – 6 years.
Ministry of teaching, conducting seminars, church ministry.
Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies, North Central University, USA.
Master of Arts in Biblical Literature, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, USA.
Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Trinity Bible College, USA.

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Mykola Savchuk
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Mykola Savchuk

Mykola Savchuk is a bishop, pastor of the Church of Salvation in Vyshneve (Kyiv region). He was born into a family of nonbelievers, but at the age of 10 he converted to the Lord as a result of a miraculous healing from bone tuberculosis. He graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. In his ministry he pays special attention to the development of the system of home groups, mass and personal evangelism, mentoring, working with the younger generation. Author of the books “Survive in the Storm” and “Аccessible about God and the Bible”. He and his wife Dina raise their daughter Jana and son Svyatoslav.

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Vitaliy Klodnytsky
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Vitaliy Klodnytsky

Vitaliy Klodnytsky is a teacher of theological disciplines, co-founder of the InstalGod studio, coordinator of departments at the local church of Emmanuel in Chernivtsi. Born into a family of believers, his father is a minister. As a teenager, he realized his calling is ministry and entered the Bible Seminary, then graduated from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Kyiv. He specializes in Christian leadership, church administration and the development of Christian institutions. He and his wife Yulia are married and raise their son Reuben.

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Rob Toornstra
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Rob Toornstra

EDUCATION
Covenant Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry 2015
Dissertation: “Sermons That Go to Work: How Preachers Apply Sermons to the Workplace”

Calvin Theological Seminary
Master’s of Divinity 2006

Reformed Bible College (now known as Kuyper College)
Bachelor of Science 2002
Majors: Pre-Seminary Studies; Biblical/Theological Studies

AWARDS
Oregon Christian Writers Book of the Year Runner up 2015
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
International Theological Education Ministries
Instructor: 2015-present
Assisted with curriculum development for “Christ-Centered Preaching” modules for use in multi-cultural settings; taught curriculum in seminar settings in 5 different countries
Adjunct instructor: Christ-Centered preaching from Hebrews
Taught a week-long class on Christ-centered preaching at Kiev Regional Bible College, Kiev, Ukraine
Minister of Word & Sacrament, Christian Reformed Church 2006-present
Provided regular preaching, teaching, and pastoral care to a congregation of approximately 225 members.
PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS
“Naked and Unashamed: How the Good News of Jesus Transforms Intimacy”
Book: Doulos Christian Resources 2014
“Holy God, Holy Lives”
Journal Article: Reformed Worship December, 2018
“Fulfilled: A Worship Series on Leviticus “
Journal Article: Reformed Worship December, 2012
“God And Your Work”
Daily Devotional: Today Devotionals February, 2016

“The Sermon on the Mount”
Daily Devotional: Today Devotionals October 2013

“In Minor Key”
Daily Devotional: Today Devotionals August, 2011

Various articles: Published over 50 articles related to marriage, sex, and family
Online media ministry: ReFrame Media May, 2014-present
LANGUAGES
English– native language

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Oleg Tsymbalyuk
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Oleg Tsymbalyuk

1988 – 1992 – leader of the youth ministry at Cornerstone Church (Kyiv, Ukraine) and sharing the Gospel at educational institutions in Kyiv.
1993 to 1999 – founder and senior pastor at Kyiv Evangelical Church ‘Alpha and Omega’, the President of the International Association of the Christians of Evangelical Faith ‘Alpha and Omega’ (Kyiv).
Currently, Oleg Tsymbalyuk serves as a senior pastor of the Evangelical Church ‘Alpha and Omega’ in Chicago (USA).
Oleg Tsymbaluyk is married and has four wonderful children and grandchildren.
Oleg Tsymbaluyk was ordained for pastoral ministry by the bishops Parfen Vashchilo and Peter Pavlyshyn by approval of Viktor Belykh and Nikolay Levchenko, the senior bishops of the United Church of the Christians of Evangelical Faith (Kyiv, Ukraine).
Author of books, research publications, and study guides for the preachers and pastors.
Education: BA: Information Science and Personal Management, DeVry University. Master of Divinity and Biblical Studies, Wheaton College Graduate School. Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, National Pedagogical Dragomanov University, Ukraine.