Rev. John Barchuk

September 23, 1903 - March 13,1986


SUNDAY MARCH 23, 1986, No. 12., page 4

The Rev. John Barchuk, Baptist leader

by Alex Harbuziuk, Elmhurst, ILL.

   The Rev. John Barchuk, one of the most prolific writers and preachers among Ukrainian Baptists, died on March 13 of a heart attack in Vineland, N.J.  He was 82.

   A service honoring the Rev. Barchuk and his ministry was held the evening of March 16 in the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Vineland.  The funeral and burial were conducted March 17.

   Participants in the services included the Rev. O.R. Harbuziuk, president of the worldwide All-Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Fellowship; the Rev. Jaroslaw Paprocky, president of the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Convention of Churches in the United States; and many other pastors and Baptist leaders from across the United States and Canada.

   Among persons attending the funeral from the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago were the Rev. John Polischuk, under whom the Rev. Barchuk served as assistant pastor for 14 years, and church council chairman Antin Kocepula.

   The Rev. Barchuk is survived by his wife Pelahia (Pearl), whom he married in 1935, by five children, Lucy Woden in California, Eugene in Florida, Gloria Perekrest in Ohio, Helen Kuzmyn in Illinois, and George in Virginia, many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

   "Pastor Barchuk's departure to eternity is a great loss for the Ukrainian Baptist Church and the entire Ukrainian nation," said the Rev. Harbuziuk.  "We do not have a person who could replace the great Christian life and ministry of Pastor John Barchuk."

   "Pastor Barchuk had a deep faith, he was a great Christian and he was a renowned preacher of the Gospel who preached thousands of radio sermons," the Rev. Harbuziuk said.

   Rev. Barchuk authored some 30 books, including commentaries on the four Gospels and on the Book of Revelation from the Bible.  He wrote a book on homiletics and books on various theological topics.  He also compiled several volumes of sayings and aphorisms.  Several of his books have been translated into the Russian and Spanish languages.

   The Rev. Barchuk was born in a village in Volhynia, Ukraine, on September 23, 1903.  He completed his studies at a Bible Institute in 1930 and served as a missionary in Ukraine before World War II.  When he ended up in Germany in World War II, he evangelized the Ukrainian people there also, until he came to the United States in 1949.

   He served as assistant pastor under the Rev. Harbuziuk at the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago in the early 1950s, became pastor for a couple of years, then served as assistant pastor under the Rev. John Polischuk from 1956 until moving to the Cleveland area in the 1970s.  He had been residing in the Vineland area for about a year.

   The Rev. Barchuk helped found the publishing house Way Of Truth in 1953 and served as its secretary until his death.

   He was a tireless worker for the Lord, preaching on weekly radio programs broadcast into Ukraine over Trans World radio in Monte Carlo, Monaco, since 1966.  His sermons have also been broadcast on dozens of radio stations in the free world countries where Ukrainians reside.

   For many years he was associate editor of the magazine Messenger of Truth.

   He held various offices in church organziations, including terms ass assistant secretary, secretary, vice-president and president of the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Convention of Churches in the United States.

   He traveled widely, preaching in more than 100 churches across the United States, Canada, South Amercia, Australia, and England.      




     The life and works of

     Rev. John Barchuk


     Michael Podworniak

     Published by "Doroha Prawdy"

     (Ukrainian) 1986  90 pages

Another book in Ukrainian which needs to be translated into English.  If you would like to preserve this great pioneer's life in the Ukrainian Baptist work, please email us at or call us at 705-725-8660 (ministry office).


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