Articles by "William Yoder, Ph.D."

A Church Fellowship with Endangered Future

After the departure of five of approximately eight total bishops during the past 20 months, Moscow's "Evangelical-Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession" appears to be on its last legs.

Reasons for Hope in Eastern Ukraine

During a meeting with Moscow Baptist pastor Vitaly Vlasenko on 14 December, Lugansk Metropolitan Mitrofan stressed that "Evangelical-Christians, Baptists and Pentecostals belong to the traditional confessions within our region".

“It Was God’s Calling”: Willy Peters, Mennonite Pastor Who Knew How to Serve

Willy Peter’s devotion to his church, his solidarity and sense of duty in illness and adversity, the refusal to abandon the remnants of a church, remain the lasting testimony of his life.

America in the Russian Far East: Remarkable Humanitarian Efforts of Alexander Kaiser

The Pentecostal lay preacher Alexander Kaiser launches a rehabilitation centre that helps marginalized groups.

A Partisan Exit from the Cheese Dome: Ukrainian Baptists since 2014

Russian-born Mikhail Cherenkov, a leading theologian among Ukrainian Baptists, is among those calling for the development of a "modern" and open Ukrainian Protestant movement.

Baptist Umbrella Organisations Clarify Their Geopolitical Preferences

A new Cold War is approaching and the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) with its European Baptist Federation (EBF) are making their geopolitical preferences clear.

The World’s Largest Territorial Lutheran Church Must Make Do with Very Few People

Vladivostok - Even in the Russian Far East it can be the state that keeps a Protestant congregation from throwing in the towel. A Lutheran house church had already received a green light from church leadership to close its doors. Yet when the city informed them that deregistration would cost 60.000 roubles (1.800 euros at the time), the congregation changed its mind.

Peter Mitskevich, New President of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists

At the national, Moscow convention of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (RUECB), Peter Valterovich Mitskevich was elected its president, probably the best-educated Russian Baptist president ever.

No Longer in Limbo: The "Euro-Asian Federation of Unions of Evangelical Christians-Baptists“ Is Back in Business

After four years in limbo, the "Euro-Asian Federation of Unions of Evangelical Christians-Baptists" (EAF) appears to have roared back into existence.

Protestant Developments in Russia during 2017

In their own quiet way, Russia's Protestant denominations are continuing to evangelize.