In 1990 after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Lord opened a door to bring the saving Gospel to those who had long been under the sway of atheistic governments. The first missionaries were placed in Novosibirsk in 1992.
The first Christian Information Center was opened in Akademgorodok, a region of Novosibirsk, where free Bibles were distributed and a video instruction course was offered. Regular Sunday worship and Sunday school were also begun. By God’s grace, four adults and six children were baptized and 12 adults confirmed by the end of 1994. This was the official beginning of the confessional Lutheran church in Russia. In 1995, the congregation was registered with the government under the name of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church.
One year later, a second Christian Information Center was opened in Iskitim. During this same year, the church there was also received into fellowship with the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church. The following year, the Bible Institute-Seminary was opened in Novosibirsk. In 1999, exploratory works began in Omsk and Tomsk.
Today the mission headquarters are located in Akademgorodok. The congregation in Akademgorodok offers regular worship services, advanced classes, and Bible information classes. Bibles and other sound Christian literature are offered and humanitarian aid is distributed. A deaconess teaches Bible lessons to a local school for children with special needs. Missionaries conduct ESL outreach. Akademgorodok is the home of the seminary program.
There is one congregation in Novosibirsk and another in Iskitim, 50 kilometers south of Novosibirsk. Both congregations have regular worship services, advanced Bible classes, Bible information classes, and ESL outreach. Iskitim has an especially active Sunday school and children’s program. Deaconesses travel to a village south of Iskitim to teach children’s Bible lessons there as well. The mission conducts weekly Bible classes at the Iskitim Deaf Club, and the Sunday worship services are signed for the deaf.
The fourth small congregation is located in Tomsk, four hours north of Novosibirsk. Missionaries travel to Tomsk once a week to conduct outreach, Bible classes, and worship services.
The Russian church has a Christian Information Center in Berdsk, a city located right between Akademgorodok and Iskitim. Here a deaconess conducts outreach and distributes Christian literature. The Berdsk Deaf Club meets for weekly Bible class at the CIC.
Church Body Statistics
Seminary Students: 3
Bible Institute Students: 2
633010 Berdsk RUSSIA
Phone from US: 011-7-38341-53609