At our Sunday evening worship service on November 11, we will welcome Rev. Dr. Eduard Khegay, bishop of the United Methodist Church of Eurasia. We welcome his unique perspective of Evangelical Christianity in his native Russia.
Khegay was born in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, and is the first United Methodist bishop from the former Soviet Union. Khegay says that his “mission is to inspire people to become Christ-like and [to] develop into full God-given potential to serve God and people.”
He has been the pastor of the Raduga United Methodist Church in Moscow and, prior to his election as bishop in 2014, was assistant to to the previous bishop. He has also held a wide range of positions within the Russian United Methodist Church through the years.
Methodism had existed in in the St. Petersburg area and in Siberia prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Suppressed there and in Soviet-dependent states for decades, it reemerged when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
At the time of the collapse, Khegay was a student in hydraulic engineering at Bauman Moscow State Technical University, graduating in 1993. That same year, he began to study at the Moscow United Methodist Theological Seminary. He would go on to receive a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2010 from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. He was ordained as a United Methodist elder in 2001.