VITALY and NADEZHDA MAKSIMYUK
Senior Pastors Covenant Church Novosibirsk, Russia
Pastor Vitaly was born into a Christian family in Rovno, Ukraine. In 1991 he graduated from Calvary Missionary school in Riga, Latvia; then in 2010 – from Russian Christian Humanitarian Academy, majoring in Religious Studies. In the summer of 1991, Pastor Vitaly and his wife Nadezhda moved to Novosibirsk, Russia. They arrived with a small, but dedicated, missionary team to preach the Gospel and plant a church, that was successfully built just a few months later, in December. It was the first Evangelical Church to open in Siberia after the Soviet Union had collapsed. Currently it is one of the biggest Evangelical Churches beyond the Ural Mountains with over a thousand members. For 25 years Covenant Church of Novosibirsk has been actively involved in street evangelism, ministering to addicts, people in prisons, human trafficking victims; supporting orphanages and home churches; holding regional conferences and partnering with the Christian satellite TV channel TBN-Russia to preach the Word and bring the Good News to the Russian-speaking audience in over 180 countries.
Pastor Vitaly’s greatest desire has always been preaching the Gospel to the lost and equipping men and women to be sent out into the mission field. So when in 2011 God called him, and Nadezhda, who serves alongside her husband, and their children to lead an apostolic ministry in Odessa, Ukraine, they have answered His call and started working to build churches, create disciples and reach the lost in this area of the world. As of 2016, the newly planted church in Odessa has over 70 members, dozens of orphans have found care and compassion in the House of Hope, where they reside and grow in their relationship with God. Pastor Vitaly’s and Nadezhda’s biggest dream is to open more houses just like that one, to minister to the orphans and help them grow into future leaders, spearheading the wave of Revival everywhere they go.