All-Ukrainian Union of Churches of Evangelical Christian Baptists

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All-Ukrainian Union of Churches of Evangelical Christian Baptists (AUC ECB)
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"House of Gospel", the central church of the Union (Kiev)
ClassificationEvangelicalism
OrientationBaptist
TheologyArminianism (mainly), Calvinism, Fundamentalism
GovernanceCongregational
AssociationsEuropean Baptist Federation Baptist World Alliance
RegionUkraine Ukraine
Origin25–27 January 1990
Branched fromAll-Union Council of Evangelical Christian Baptists (Soviet Union)
SeparationsEvangelical Pentecostals Union of Ukraine
Congregations2,800
Membersc. 300,000
Official websitebaptyst.com

Evangelical Baptist Union of Ukraine or All-Ukrainian Union of Churches of Evangelical Christian Baptists (AUC ECB); (Ukrainian: Всеукраїнський союз церков євангельських християн-баптистів (ВСЦ ЕХБ); Russian: Всеукраинский союз церквей евангельских христиан-баптистов (ВСЦ ЕХБ)) is a union of Baptists in Ukraine. It is the largest protestant union in Ukraine.

History[edit]

The union was declared self-governed in 1990 at the 21st Convention of the ECB of Ukraine soon after fall of the All-Union Council of Evangelical Christian-Baptists. From the Union split Pentecostals who in the Soviet Union were registered as baptists.

Today, it includes 3 seminaries, 2 universities and 15 Bible colleges, and is estimated to have 150,000 believers, and about 300,000 people that attend church services in more than 2,800 churches, with 3,160 clergy members. The union is engaged in publishing activity and has an extended mass media network. The AUС EСB is governed by a council composed of senior presbyters (bishops) of regional associations headed by the president of the council. In 1990–2006 the council was headed by Hryhorii Komendant. From May 2006 it has been headed by Viacheslav Nesteruk. The union closely cooperates with Ukrainian Baptists in the diaspora. The AUС EСB is a member of the European Baptist Federation and the Baptist World Alliance.[citation needed]

Leaders[edit]

  • 1994 - 2006 Hryhoriy Komendant
  • 2006 - 2014 Vyacheslav Nesteruk
  • 2014–present Valeriy Antonyuk

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