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Edward A. Grabovenko

Senior bishop of Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

Edward A. Grabovenko was born in 7 July, 1969, in Krivoy Rog (Ukraine).

Edward A. GrabovenkoIn 1987, one day was a turning point in the life of Edward. He realized that his future depends not on the opinion of others, but only on his own attitude to life. On the first Sunday Edward came towards to the altar and knelt, wept and asked God for forgiveness. That day there was his personal encounter with God which changed his life.

The fall of 1987 Edward was called up for military service. In 1989, after returning from the army, he was baptized and decided to devote his life to God. He took an active part in the youth ministry. In his spare time, together with the youth of the church he went through the city with Bibles and Christian literature, organizing libraries, telling people about God.

In October 1990, Edward got married. He met his future wife, Larissa, at the church. They sang together in the choir, participated in youth ministry.

In December 1990, Edward went to Bible school in Jelgava (Latvia). "I remember very well the time when I was in Bible school. I prayed and planned to serve in a different city, more attractive to me than Perm. But when I prayed about it, the Holy Spirit convicted me. I asked myself, "What am I looking for?" And I realized that I am looking for my own, not God's. Then I decided that I would go to that city, where no one wants to go to."

In 1991, Edward, with a team of ministers arrived in Perm to establish a church. The first worship of the church "New Testament" in Perm was on 26 June 1991, there were some converts.

In 1994, Edward graduated from International Bible Institute in Canada. In 1997 he was ordained a bishop.

Currently, Edward is the senior pastor of "New Testament" in Perm. From the very beginning all the ministry of the church was aimed at the gospel; during this time more than 250 affiliated churches were opened in Perm region, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Komi Republic, in Chelyabinsk, Voronezh, Ulyanovsk, St. Petersburg.

Social activities: In December 2009, he was elected as a senior bishop of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith.

Family: Married, has four sons.

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