Dr. Peter Mitskevich
Russia has changed a lot since Peter Mitskevich’s grandfather, Arthur, established correspondent Bible courses in the Soviet era amidst communist persecution and spent more than 10 years in prison for his Christian faith. Peter’s father, Valter, was fired from his job as a dentist after committing his life to the Lord and went on to serve as academic dean of this early Bible school. Yet during this emergence from nearly a century of secularized culture, the need for trained Christian leaders in Russia is greater than ever.
After having worked as a medical doctor, teacher, academic dean and ordained pastor, Peter became president of Moscow Theological Seminary (MTS) in 2007. With a master’s of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and a long history of Christian ministry, he has flourished in this role. Peter has brought a calm spirit, godly vision and a fierce passion for training Christian leaders to MTS.
Peter leads professors and students in establishing a new legacy of trained church leaders previously unseen in Russia. He says, “It’s exciting to serve and equip the next generation of church leaders for the 21st Century.” MTS is truly grateful to have such a competent, passionate leader with a long legacy of impacting Russia with the gospel.
Fellowship Bible Church has been thrilled to pray for Dr. Peter Mitskevich and MTS since 2010.
(information comes from the RLM website)
Peter began his spiritual pilgrimage at age 14 when he put his faith in Christ, fully aware of the dangers of making such a decision under Soviet rule. Years later, he became a medical doctor, but his professional life changed when he assisted the Gideon International Bible distribution ministry. People who received the Bible would ask Peter to help them understand Scripture, but he was not equipped to do so.
This motivated Peter to study at the Moscow Bible Institute, where he graduated in 1989. Sensing a need for deeper theological understanding, Peter and his wife, Tatiana, moved with their children to the United States so that he could study at Dallas Theological Seminary. He received his Master of Theology degree in 1997. “My dream for Russia,” Peter says, “is that each town will have its own evangelical church, that each pastor will be theologically educated, that each church will have its own place of worship, and that each citizen of Russia will receive the Good News.”
(information comes from RLM site: Insight for Living: Russia)
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Funds for Center of Church Planting
It is estimated that 90 percent of the towns and villages across Russia are still without a Bible-teaching church. The vision of the Center for Church Planting (CCP) is to train, inspire, and equip church planters to establish 50 new churches in central Russia and then across the nation, pursuing the Great Commission and seeking the transformation of this nation with so few believers today.
Funds for North Caucasus Bible Institute
Develop and equip future church leaders and existing pastors through North Caucasus Bible Institute (NCBI).
Funds for Moscow Theological Seminary
Moscow Theological Seminary and its nine regional learning centers, directed by Dr. Peter Mitskevich, are working to train and equip nearly 1,000 church and ministry leaders each year across Russia’s nine time zones. In a nation where less than one percent of the people are evangelical believers, there is a critical need to prepare workers for this great field of opportunity.