«Slavic Pentecostal church»
With the new wave of immigration, thousands of Christians of Evangelical Faith came to the United States from the former Soviet Union. The small town of Utica, New York, has become one of the major centers of refugees on the eastern coast of America. Among the temporary difficulties as an unfamiliar language, new laws and different culture – for new arrivals it was mainly a question of the Church. Christians wanted to attend worship and hear the word of God in their native language.
In the late 1980s, the local Calvary Gospel Church led by Pastor Bernard Evans, began to take the first believers. Since September of 1990, immigrants from Slavic countries began their own ministry. At that time, the meetings had a little more than 100 people. For five years, the Church rented buildings for worship. During that time, the address of meetings changed several times. At first, Christians met in the building of the 7th day Adventist Church on the Herkimer Road, and then held service in the United Methodist Church on Court Street.
The number of parishioners grew – and in 1995, the Church purchased their own building at 2191 State Route 5, Utica NY. After the reconstruction in 1996, the Slavic Pentecostal Church held worship for the first time at this location. The Church continued to grow and in 2006 began construction of a new building. This event was completed with the opening of “House of Prayer” in 2009.
Today Slavic Pentecostal Church is the largest Slavic community on the east coast of the United States. The congregation has more than 2,000 people including children and adolescents. The Church has various ministries: five choirs, musical band, musical groups, Sunday school and Missionary Department. In addition, a lot of attention is paid to the youth, teen and children’s ministry. Conducted school classes and camps for younger Christians. The church operates a Christian General Education School and the department of the Russian language.
Since the founding of the Church and currently, Nikolay Myalik is the senior pastor. Today in the pastoral ministry, he has help from pastors Mikhail Verenich, Vasiliy Zhushma, Igor Zhuk and Sergey Selyuzhitskiy. Together with the deacons and youth leaders, our great Christian family spreads the gospel in the local community, supports missionaries and sends missionary groups regularly to other countries.