…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.


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).


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.


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.


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.