Grigory Tropets, senior pastor of Grace Church in Kaluga
26.04.2013 07:46

Grigory Tropets, senior pastor of Grace Church in Kaluga, bishop of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, Deputy of the Head Bishop in the Central Federal District. Grigory Tropets was born on February 4, 1968 in the village Vikorovichi of Brest region, Belarus. In 1985 he graduated from high school.

From 1986 to 1988 he served in the Soviet Army. From 1985 to 1991 he studied at the Agricultural Institute in Grodno. In 1989 he came to believe in God and in 1992 he made a commitment to serve God. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of Moscow State Institute of Economy, Graduate School of the Russian Academy of State Service of the Russian President and the theological faculty of Moscow Theological Academy. Honorary Doctor of Divinity. Since 1995 Grigory Tropets has served as a pastor of Grace Church in Kaluga.

In 1996 he was ordained the bishop of the Russian Church of Evangelical Christians in Kaluga region. Since 2005 served the bishop in Central Federal District. Married, lives in Kaluga with his wife Olga, and five sons: Vladimir, Alexander, Sergei, Andrei and Dmitry.

 

Grigory Tropets shares about himself:

"Since my childhood, I believed that God existed, and like many, even prayed when in a difficult situation. I sincerely repented and turned to God only as a college student. However, I continued to live ordinary worldly life. But one day something happened that I did not expect. After a party I was sitting on the windowsill, smoking. Suddenly, my hand slipped, and I, having no chance to hold on, fell down ... from the 4th floor. It was a moment when I first realized God's mercy to me. As result of a fall, I had broken the fifth cervical vertebra. Doctors said I was "born in a shirt," because if a nerve had been touched, I could have died on the spot or have been paralyzed. It was at that moment when I was in the hospital, in sincere prayer, I turned to God. "Lord, – I said. –If You preserve my health, I will serve You the rest of my life". The Lord heard me, and since then I dedicated my life to serving Him.

God has blessed me with a beautiful wife. Together we serve Him. My wife, Olga – a psychologist, she graduated from Russian State Pedagogical University named after Herzen and Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity). She is a wonderful wife and a caring mother, and, furthermore, is actively involved in church ministry. Every day we pray to God as a family. Our children attend Children's Sunday school at our church.

My life has been transformed dramatically since my conversion to Christ. I'm happy to see changes in other people’s lives under the power of God. It is wonderful when people quit alcohol, drugs and other sins, when the families are being restored. I sincerely wish and pray to bring the Gospel to all people of the city of Kaluga and Kaluga region. Seeing everywhere suffering, pain and problems, I want to do more good for people, so everyone can find joy and peace in life. It is also a purpose of Grace Church in Kaluga.