OUR STAFF

…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


PASTOR/TEACHER

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.


ASSOCIATE PASTOR

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).


PASTORAL CARE

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.


MUSIC MINISTRY

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. 


DIRECTOR of NEXT GENERATION MINISTRIES 

Alexander Yukhimets

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.

WGBC PASTORAL MINISTRY CANDIDATES


PASTOR OF HIGH SCHOOL "UPSTREAM MINISTRY"

Vasiliy Tkachev

Vasiliy Tkachev was born in Murmansk, Russia in 1986. At the age of 12, his family moved to the United States and shortly after the Lord saved Him and he was baptized. Vasiliy served the church in many forms during the years, including being a Sunday school teacher, and accompanist for a choir. In WGBC he has led Middle school ministry, High school ministry, Grace kids and is now helping oversee the English ministry. He is currently studying at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Yanna are raising four children.
Vasiliy is a candidate for pastoral ministry at WGBC.


CANDIDATE FOR WGBC PASTORAL MINISTRY

Roman Tyslyuk

Roman was born in the city of Ismail (Ukraine) in 1983. When he was 11, his family moved far north to Noviy Urengoy (Russia), where his father ministered as a pastor. In 2001, along with his parents, he immigrated to the United States to the city of Sacramento, California. It was here that he came to faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized. Following this, Roman became an active part in the life of Bible Baptist Church, where for more than 10 years he served as a preacher, youth leader, and participated in the organization of children’s and youth camps. Soon after this, God gave him one of the most precious gifts: his wife Irina. They were married in 2007. In 2015, Roman and his family moved to Word of Grace Bible Church, where for the last several years he served as one of our home group leaders. Roman works in the IT sphere. He and his wife Irina are raising four children.
Roman is a candidate for pastoral ministry at WGBC.


CANDIDATE FOR PASTORAL-MISSIONARY MINISTRY IN BELARUS

Andrey Gorban

Andrey Gorban was born in Balti, Moldova in 1988, and together with his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Born into a Christian family, he heard the Gospel at a young age but, having chosen a worldly lifestyle, fell deep into sin and ran from God. God brought Andrew to WGBC at the end of 2004 where he heard the truth and built friendships. He came to saving faith only at the age of 21. 
In 2010 Andrew began to help with the Youth Ministry. In 2012 he got married. Together with his wife Katya, they have been praying about missions and for God to open doors for them to go serve overseas. After attending The Master’s Seminary and being equipped for ministry, Andrew served as the college and young adult pastor at WGBC for three years, while also being involved in the church’s English ministry.
Andrey is a candidate for pastoral-missionary ministry in Belarus.