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READ Welcomes its First Ukrainian Board Member!

It is a joy to announce the addition of the first Ukrainian to READ's Board of Directors!  

In April, our brother Vladimir Degtyaryov visited in Minnesota and Nebraska at the invitation of READ.  After attending a directors meeting in April, Vladimir was wholeheartedly invited to join READ's leadership team.  And he has enthusiastically accepted-for which we are grateful and praise the Lord!

Here is some biographical information about our newest board member:

Vladimir and his wife, Inga, live in Zaporozhye, Ukraine and have two adult children.

They became Christians in Soviet times and were baptized in 1983. In 1992 Vladimir was appointed, later ordained, to pastoral ministry in a Baptist church in Zaporozhye.

In 2001 he became a full -time teacher of Systematic Theology at Zaporozhye Bible College and Seminary (ZBCS). From May 2006 till now, Vladimir has been President of ZBCS.

Vladimir is a graduate of Zaporozhye Bible College, Ukraine (BA), Columbia International University, SC (MA in Bible), and Summit University (Baptist Bible Seminary), PA (D.Min.).  He is also on the board of the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association of Evangelical Schools (EAAA).

Listen to Vladimir speak about his school's partnership with READ: