ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA) – On March 25, "Christ the Savior" Church of Rostov-on-Don celebrated the 25th anniversary. 1,100 people gathered at the church for the celebratory service. Edward Grabovenko, head bishop of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith and Pavel Kolesnichenko, bishop and senior presbyter of Rostov association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith were the special guests of the celebration.
Together with bishop Vladimir Khvalov, senior pastor of "Christ the Savior" Church, they've ordained four ministers for pastorship and four – for deaconship.Bishop Edward Grabovenko preached about the continuity of generations in the ministry to God as exemplified by biblical prophets Elijah and Elisha. Congratulating the church with the anniversary, he mentioned the high significance of the ministry of Vladimir Khvalov, head of the family ministry department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, nationwide.
"I'm honored to minister on one team with people who, in many respects, are wiser and more experienced than me", – said the head bishop.
Bishop Pavel Okara, founder of the "Christ the Savior" Church, sent a video with words of congratulations and blessings.
Pastors and ministers of churches of Rostov-on-Don and the area came to congratulate the church. Many of them have friendly contacts formed in the process of work of a non-profit "Association of Christian churches and Spiritual education organizations" – an organization, which has been headed by Vladimir Khvalov for more than 20 years.
Good wishes, flowers, gifts, decorations of the church building, much music, dances and songs - all that created a warm atmosphere of a family celebration. Each guest was given a specially issued magazine about the "Christ the Savior" Church history. Those who weren't able to come to the celebration watched the online live broadcast on YouTube church channel at youtube.com/hristosonline.
"Christ the Savior" Church media department,