SAINT-PETERSBURG (RUSSIA) – The electoral conference took place on October, 28 in North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. Representatives of all registered churches and church communities of Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad area met together to elect a senior presbyter and plan their common work in the region for the next six years.
The association unites 60 churches and religious groups in Saint-Petersburg and cities of Leningrad area, situated in 85,3 square kilometers, which is compared to the territory of Austria. The population size is 6 900 000 people.
Alexander Tsvetkov, serving as Senior Presbyter for the North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, was elected for the next term by the majority vote.
Alexander Tsvetkov has been a pastor for 20 years, during the last 10 years he has been a pastor of the New Testament Church in Saint-Petersburg. With his wife Valeria they have five children. In his program for the next six years Pastor Alexander noted the most important directions the association is going to move in:
• “One Year for Jesus” project;
• Developing an informational platform;
• Work with youth, teenagers and children;
• Providing support in starting new churches;
• Developing the spiritual education structure;
• Cooperation with representatives of the legislative power and the executive power;
• The inter-confessional relationships development.
The Board of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith was represented at the electoral conference by the First deputy of the Head bishop Nikolai Zalutski. He finished his speech by the message on the importance to dedicate oneself to the ministry to God, and to be at peace with each other. Representatives of churches of the regional association broke the bread together and prayed the blessing prayer.
The Senior Presbyter Alexander Tsvetkov addressed to the participants of the conference: “Dear brothers, pastors and ministers. I thank God for you and for the confidence that you have in me – to become a senior presbyter for the region. Four years have passed fast, and during that time, resting upon the rich legacy of the past achievements of the brotherhood, we moved further and achieved certain results in every direction of the vision that, I trust, I received from God and presented to you. Each one of us made certain sacrifice for the changes, for reaching the goals set, and I’m sure the sacrifice is not in vain, because the unity of the brotherhood is evident. I believe that the unity will take us to even more results and fulfillment of the will of our Lord Jesus Christ in Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad area. After the electoral conference we will move forward and make further steps to developing the presented vision. The core of the vision, formulated as one single goal, can be expressed as: “To provide every local church of our brotherhood an opportunity to dwell in an atmosphere that allows it to be filled with the Holy Spirit and multiply in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith