Kyrgyzstan Mission headquarters, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Photo courtesy of Euro-Asia Division archives.

Kyrgyzstan Mission

By Jón Hjörleifur Stefánsson, and Valeriy N. Nazimko

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

Valeriy N. Nazimko, B.A. in theology (Zaoksky Theological Seminary, Zaoksky, Tula Region, Russia), served as executive secretary of the Southern Union Mission, and then president and executive secretary of the Kyrgyz Mission. At present, he is a retiree.

The Kyrgyzstan Conference was a Central Asian church unit that was organized in 2002 and changed to a Mission in 2010.

Territory and Statistics (2017)1

Territory: Kyrgyzstan

Population: 6,211,000

Membership: 710

Churches: 12

Origin of Seventh-day Adventist Work in the Territory

Adventists arrived to Kyrgyzstan in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. For the origin of Adventist work in the territory, see the article on Kyrgyzstan and the earliest church units the country was a part of.

After being part of the early Russian church units, the territory was part of the Central Asia Mission (1908–1910), Turkestan Mission (1911–25), Central Asian Conference (1926–≥30), and—after not being listed for most of the Communist era—the Kirgizhian District (1978–90), Kirghizian Conference (1990–93), Kyrgyzstan Conference (1993–94), Southern Conference (1994–2000), and the Central Asia Conference (1994–2002).

Organizational History

In 2002, the Central Asia Conference was divided into the Kyrgyzstan Conference, the Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Missions, and the Turkmenistan Field, which all continued to be part of the Southern Union.2 The Kyrgyzstan Conference comprised Kyrgyzstan.

The conference headquarters was located at Magadanskaya Street 63, Bishkek. Membership was 1,524. Initial officers were President Vladimir P. Mikhailov, Secretary Valery N. Nazimko, Treasurer Roman L. Alekseykin, executive committee members Galina S. An, Valentina A. Belikova, Viktor A. Belousov, Uriy Devyatkin, Pavel A. Pogodin, Oleg P. Prokophiev, and Viktor N. Zotov.3

In 2010 the conference was demoted to a mission. Its territory and headquarters remained the same. The first Yearbook report is from 2012, when membership was 903. Officers were President Valery N. Nazimko, Secretary-treasurer Talgat S. Kubegenov, and executive committee members Roman L. Alekseykin, Anastasia S. Ananyeva, Evgeny U. Devyatkin, Viktor Y. Dill, Sergey R. Hametov, Ekaterina V. Kirichenko, Gulyaim Jamankulova, Vasily V. Nikonorov, and Alexander R. Ott.4

Institutions

There is an ADRA office and a SUM media center in Kyrgyzstan. Nasledie Adventist School in Tokmak enrolls over 300 students.5

List of Presidents

Kyrgyzstan Conference: Vladimir P. Mikhailov, 2002–2008; Igor P. Vasilchenko, 2009–2011.

Kyrgyzstan Mission: Valery N. Nazimko, 20126–2015; Rubin R. Ott, 2016–17; Roman L. Alekseykin, 2018–.

Sources

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

Nazimko, Valeriy N. “Kyrgyz Mission.” Manuscript. June 2019.

Notes

  1. “Kyrgyzstan Mission,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (2018), 77.

  2. “Southern Union Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (2004), 92–93.

  3. “Kyrgyzstan Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (2004), 92.

  4. “Kyrgyzstan Mission,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (2012), 99.

  5. See Valeriy N. Nazimko, “Kyrgyz Mission,” manuscript, June 2019.

  6. According to the Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook listing, the Mission started in 2012.

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Stefánsson, Jón Hjörleifur, Valeriy N. Nazimko. "Kyrgyzstan Mission." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Accessed May 13, 2021. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=BDA8.

Stefánsson, Jón Hjörleifur, Valeriy N. Nazimko. "Kyrgyzstan Mission." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Date of access May 13, 2021, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=BDA8.

Stefánsson, Jón Hjörleifur, Valeriy N. Nazimko (2021, April 28). Kyrgyzstan Mission. Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved May 13, 2021, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=BDA8.