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Ministry Insights: Evangelical Training in Moscow


A church in Moscow Russia

“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38 (NIV).

The need for Pastors and Christian leaders in Russia is huge. Due to the large population and the lack of a theological training school, the Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary (MECS) exists in a vital time and place.


Ex KGB Agent Sasha Tsutserov, and his wife Natasha, founded the MECS in 1993. They have a passion for training pastors and leaders in Russia, so that Russians are able to minister to their own people. If students leave Russia to study abroad, statistics show that many do not return.


Since the birth of MECS, well over 3000 people have studied and graduated with a theology degree. The majority of those graduates have gone on to plant churches and start ministries, bringing hope back to Russia after decades of communism.


This evangelical training in Moscow is an incredible project to support. Please share this with your friends and family, and consider supporting prayerfully and financially. The cost of training a student minister at the seminary is NZ$1,950 per year. This is an amazing investment in someone’s life as it costs 40 times less to train a minister in Russia than in the United States, and 80 times less than sending a missionary from the US to Russia.


Investing in a student studying at the MECS is also important as statistics show that 9 out of 10 Russian students who go to the US to study do not return to their homeland to minister.


Sasha Tsutserov often sends out updates and testimonies of students who are studying at the MECS. To hear of the amazing work God is doing in the lives of Russians and those studying at the MECS, you are welcome to be included in Sasha’s support mailing list. Send us a message if you’d like to know more!


Originally written 17 June 2019.

Revised March 2024.

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