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Kiev Conference

By Jón Hjörleifur Stefánsson, and Roman A. Prodanyuk

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Jón Hjörleifur Stefánsson, M.A., is a Ph.D. candidate, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Roman A. Prodanyuk, D.Min. in leadership (Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan), was ordained to pastoral ministry in 1994. Since 2014 Prodanyuk has been serving as president of the Kiev Conference/UUC.

Kyiv Conference is a Ukrainian church unit that comprises the city of Kyiv (Kiev). It has been operating since 2008, first under the name "Kiev Conference," and since 2016 under its current name.

Territory and Statistics1

Period: 2008-present

Territory: City of Kiev

Population: 2,742,790

Membership: 4,006

Churches: 25

Origin of Seventh-day Adventist Work in the Territory

Kiev (Kyiv) first appeared in a quarterly report on the Middle Russian Mission in early 1903.2 Since then the city has been in various church units. For the origin of the work in the city, see the article on the Middle Russian Mission.

Organizational History

In 2002 the city of Kiev was removed from the Central Ukrainian Conference and the Kiev Mission was organized. The headquarters was located at the Seventh-day Adventist Church building, Avrora Park, Mykytenko Street—listed simply as I. Mykytenko Street 20-A from 2008 and onward.3 Membership in 2003 was 4,823. Initial officers were Vladimir V. Prolinsky (president), Lvov P. Vertylo (secretary), and Vladimir P. Shulga (treasurer).4

In 2008 the Kiev Mission was officially reorganized into the Kiev Conference at the first plenary session of the first KC UUC constituency meeting held June 9, 2008. This reorganization was preceded by the respective action of the executive committee of the Ukrainian Union Conference. The territory and headquarters remained the same. The Kiev Conference consisted of 25 churches with 5,478 members. Membership in 2009 was 5,441. Initial officers were Leonid T. Voloschuk (president), Igor I. Koreschuk (secretary), Anatoliy I. Antonyk (treasurer), Anatoly A. Buturlin, Oleg V. Harlamov, Valentina Ischuk, Andrew D. Kolodiy, Alexandr A. Pedchenko, Roman A. Prodanyuk, Vasiliy G. Skripkar, and Sergey V. Stepanyuk.5

In 2016 the name was changed to the Ukrainian name of the city: Kyiv Conference.6 Membership peaked at 5,739 in 2010, but has been decreasing since then.7

Institutions

In 2015 a building was purchased to accommodate the Dosvitnya Zorya secondary school and the churches of the Borshchagovsky district of the city.8 The conference also runs an English language school.9

List of Presidents

Kiev Mission: Vladimir V. Prolinsky (2002-2008).

Kiev Conference: Leonid T. Voloschuk (2009-2010); nobody listed (2011); Oleg V. Kharlamov (2012-2015).

Kiyv Conference: Roman A. Prodanyuk (2016-present).

Sources

“Annual Charts and Statistics” for “Kiev Mission (2002-2007),” “Kiev Conference (2008-2016),” and “Kiev Conference (2016-present).” Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research, http://adventiststatistics.org/view_Summary.asp?FieldInstID=123184, http://adventiststatistics.org/view_Summary.asp?FieldInstID=123027, http://adventiststatistics.org/view_Summary.asp?FieldInstID=123185. All accessed July 2, 2019.

Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook. Various years. https://www.adventistyearbook.org/.

“Vierteljahrsbericht der deutschen Union-Konferenz vom 1. April bis 30. Juni 1903.” Zions-Wächter, July 20, 1903, 124-127.

Notes

  1. All the information, except the period, from “Kiev Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (2018), 80.

  2. “Vierteljahrsbericht der deutschen Union-Konferenz vom 1. April bis 30. Juni 1903,” Zions-Wächter, July 20, 1903, 127.

  3. “Kiev Mission,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Silver Spring, MD: Office of Archives and Statistics, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 2008), 100.

  4. For information on the mission at its commencement, see “Kiev Mission,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (2003), 99.

  5. For information on the conference at its commencement, see “Kiev Mission,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (2009), 101.

  6. “Kiev Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (2017), 91.

  7. “Annual Charts and Statistics” for “Kiev Mission (2002-2007),” “Kiev Conference (2008-2016),” and “Kiev Conference (2016-present),” Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research, http://adventiststatistics.org/view_Summary.asp?FieldInstID=123184, http://adventiststatistics.org/view_Summary.asp?FieldInstID=123027, http://adventiststatistics.org/view_Summary.asp?FieldInstID=123185, all accessed July 2, 2019.

  8. See Prodanyuk “Kiev Conference” Manuscript, July 2019.

  9. Ibid.

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Stefánsson, Jón Hjörleifur, Roman A. Prodanyuk. "Kiev Conference." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. October 15, 2020. Accessed October 21, 2020. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=4D9S.

Stefánsson, Jón Hjörleifur, Roman A. Prodanyuk. "Kiev Conference." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. October 15, 2020. Date of access October 21, 2020, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=4D9S.

Stefánsson, Jón Hjörleifur, Roman A. Prodanyuk (2020, October 15). Kiev Conference. Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved October 21, 2020, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=4D9S.