…And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds  and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…
 Eps. 4:11-12


Alexey Kolomiytsev

Alexey was born and raised in the family of an Evangelical Christian Baptist (ECB) church minister in the city of Shakhty in the Rostov region (Russia). He came to the Lord at 13 years of age and began to study preaching while still a youth.

He was involved in both the music and youth ministry. In 1991, Alexey was ordained to evangelic ministry at a new church planted in the city of Novorossiysk (Russia).

Since 2002 he has been carrying the ministry of pastor-teacher at Word of Grace Bible Church in Battle Ground, Washington (USA). Alexey is also the head of Word of Grace Ministries, which aims to train leaders and spread biblical preaching on audio cassettes, CDs, DVDs, radio, television, as well as the internet (www.slovo.org and www.islovo.org). He holds a Bachelors degree (B.A.) from Southeastern Bible College, Birmingham, Al, as well as two Master degrees (M. Div. and Th. M.) from The Master’s Seminary, Sun Valley, CA.


Vitali Rozhko

Vitali was born and raised in the family of an Evangelical Christian Baptist (ECB) church minister in the city of Rivne (Ukraine). He came to the Lord at 17 years of age and was involved in the youth and missionary ministries at a local church.

Upon moving to the States in 1991, he continued to work with the youth and was involved in the music ministry at the Slavic Baptist Church in Santa Barbara, California (USA). In 1999 Vitali was ordained to ministry as a pastor of a church in Santa Barbara, and in 2007 he moved to Vancouver, Washington (USA) where he currently serves as assistant pastor of Word of Grace Bible Church. Vitali is married and together with his wife Helen is raising two sons and a daughter.

Vitali holds a Bachelors (B.A.) degree from The Master’s College, Santa Clarity, California (USA) as well as a Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree from the Master’s Seminary, Sun Valey, California (USA).


Sergey Yelchaninov

Sergey Yelchaninov was born and raised in a large Christian family. Sergey’s father was a pastor in an Evangelical Christian Baptist (ECB) church in the city of Mikhailovka (Russia). At 15 years of age, Sergey came to the Lord and after being baptized at 16 years of age he developed zeal to serve the Lord. He became involved in the kids ministry. When he was 19, Sergey moved to the city of Shakhty (Russia) where he continued to serve in the kids and youth ministry.

In 1992 Sergey was called to minister as a pastor in Portland, Oregon (USA). In 1996 he was ordained to ministry and in 1995 he became involved in the general development of Word of Grace Bible Church in Battle Ground, Washington (USA).


Vitaliy Pelikhatyy

Vitaliy was born in Vinnytsia (Ukraine) and in 1997 moved with his family to the States. Eight years later he began attending Word of Grace Bible Church and soon came to Christ. For five years he was actively involved in the youth ministry at the church and in the summer of 2011 was appointed as the youth pastor. Currently, Vitaliy is the dean of Word of Grace Bible Institute.

While not working, he is glad to spend time with his wife, two sons, as well as with a good book.


Benjamin Portanskiy

Benjamin Portanskiy was born and raised in a Christian family in the city of Fergana (Uzbekistan). He turned to Christ and was baptized in 1976 at the age of 15 years and was involved in the youth ministry. He immigrated to the USA in 1991.

In 1997 he was chosen to be the secretary of the Elder’s Board of Word of Grace Bible Church in Vancouver, Washington (USA). Presently he ministers as a pastor-counselor and is a collaborator of Word of Grace Ministries.

YOUTH PASTOR "2:20 Ministry"

Andrey Gorban

Andrey Gorban was born in Moldova in 1988 into a Christian home and, along with his family, immigrated to the United States in 1995. He began attending Word of Grace Bible Church (then called Slavic Bible Church) during his high school years and was saved at the age of 21. Shortly after his conversion, Andrey began to minister in the youth ministry and quickly grew in love for his local church and for ministry.

In 2011, Andrey met his wife-to-be, Katya, and they were married in the summer of 2012. Their young family continued to serve the church's young people together. After pursuing a degree in history with plans of going into the field of education, Andrey shifted his focus in life when, with the help and guidance of his pastors and mature, godly men from the church, he and his wife moved to Los Angeles for him to study at The Master's Seminary in order to be better equipped for the ministry. There, he pursued and is currently completing his MDiv degree.

He and his wife presently have the privilege of ministering to the college students and young adults of WGBC, with him serving as the pastor of the 'TwoTwenty Ministry.' 


Vasiliy Tkachev

Vasiliy Tkachev was born in Murmansk, Russia. In 1998, at the age of 12, his family moved to the United States. At the age of 14, the Lord saved Him and he was baptized. Vasiliy joined the children’s ministry and in 2018 became the leader of the teens ministry.

Vasiliy studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Yana are raising four children.


Nikolay Kolesnik

Nickolay Kolesnik was born in Melitopol (Ukraine), and grew up in the family of an ECB church minister of Novomoskovsk (Ukraine). He became a believer at the age of 18 and became involved in his local church in the music and youth ministries. He graduated from the conducting school in the Logos Institute in Moscow (Russia). Having moved to the USA in 1995, he continued his involvement in the music and youth ministry in various churches around Vancouver, Washington (USA).

In 2004 he became a member of Word of Grace Bible Church and was responsible for the worship ministry. Presently he is involved in the new-members ministry and in counseling.


Pavel Antonyuk

Pavel Antonyuk was born and raised in a baptist family where his father was one of the ministers of the church in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. He came to the Lord at the age of 20. Pavel was involved in the youth and music ministries in Odessa. He graduated from the Odessa College of Music with an emphasis in choral conducting. In 1998, Pavel moved his family to Portland, WA, where he served in the music ministry of a local church. Currently, he is the director of the music ministry at Word of Grace Bible Church 


Joseph Zherebnenko 

Joey Zherebnenko was born and raised in a Christian family in the San Fransisco Bay Area, CA. His father was a choir director and encouraged Joey to sing and be involved in music in the church. In the summer of 2004, Joey's family moved to Battle Ground, WA and soon after began attending Word of Grace Bible Church, where he came to Christ and was baptized in 2007.

After becoming a member, began serving in the music ministry in the worship team and choir. Finishing high school, he began pursuing a career in music education and in 2012, graduated with his bachelor’s degree in music (Concordia University, Portland) and the same summer married his wife Tanya. In 2015, Joey continued his music education and completed the masters program in choral conducting at Portland State University in 2017. 


Alexander Yuhimets

Alex was born in Yalta, Crimea into a family of 17 children. As the second oldest, he had to carry a lot of responsibilities which he enjoyed immensely. Alex became a Christian at 17 and moved to North America the following year.

Alex serves as the director of Next Generation Ministries and also a group leader for one of the home groups. Alex loves the church and is grateful for the opportunities afforded to him at Word of Grace to do this. He is blessed to be a husband to Angelina and a father to three children, Izabella, Isaac, and Victoria.