Rev. Dr. John Kovalchuk

June 23, 1939 - December 19, 2017

Ukrainian Bible Institute - Argentina, S.A.

Graduating Class November 27, 1966

Faculty Professor John Kovalchuk in first row.

[Article and picture in Evangelical Star, Ukrainian Baptist Magazine, South America, Vol. XV, No. 57, January-March 1967]

Ordination of Rev. John Kovalchuk, May 17, 1970

[Article in Ukrainian and picture in The Messenger of Truth, July - August 1970, Vol. XLIV, No. 7-8, pages 28-29. English translation needed]  

The Kovalchuk family, 1974, on their way to Canada.

[Popular Printers Newsletter, May 1974, No. 2., pg 2]



Born June 23, 1939 - Argentina

Born Again August 19, 1957

Baptized January 6, 1958

Attended Ukrainian Bible Institute, Argentina 1961 - 1964

Appointed missionary to youth in South America - January 1964

Married September 26, 1964 - to Zenia Chripczuk

Pastored Ukrainian Baptist Churches in Fram & Encarnacion, Paraguay, 1964-1974

Professor Ukrainian Bible Institute Obera,Misiones, Argentina, 1966-1968

Ordained May 17, 1970, Paraguay

1974 - Immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

1974-1977 Assistant Pastor Ukrainian Baptist Church Winnipeg and worked at Popular Printers with Michael Podworniak

1977-1983 Family moved to Crum Lynne, PA and pastored Ukrainian Baptist Church, Crum Lynne

1983-1994 Pastor & Assistant Pastor Ukrainian Baptist Churches in Philadelphia.  

1989-1996 Worked with the Greater Philadelphia Baptist Association, as Language Missionary

1995 - Elected Vice President All-Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist


1996 - 2009 Director of Ethnic Ministries Pennsylvania & New Jersey, Southern Baptist Convention

June 10, 1999 - Received Doctor of Ministry degree, Ukraine

September 1999 - Elected President of the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Convention, USA

[Details taken from Ukrainian biography in Dr. V. Domashovetz's book, UKRAINIAN MISSIONARY AND BIBLE SOCIETY - UKRAINIAN EVANGELICAL BAPTIST CONVENTION, Morris Plains, NJ. 2000., pages 111-112]

Past positions also include Secretary Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Convention, South America, President, Editor & Co-ordinator AUEBYF

In 1988, Rev. Kovalchuk co-led efforts to unite the two Ukrainian churches in Philadelphia and co-pastored the First Ukrainian Baptist Church of Philadelphia until 1994.

President All-Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Fellowship

Editor-in-Chief, Messenger of Truth, December 2008 - 2011, Editor 1998 - 2008 

Peter Tymciw and his wife, Nadia, had the privilege of attending Rev. Dr. Kovalchuk's funeral on December 29, 2017, in PA., and participating in the Memorial Service on December 28, 2017, on behalf of Ukrainian Evangelical Baptists in Canada. 

His life exemplified that of a tireless servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Well done Rev. Dr. John Kovalchuk, well done! Matthew 25:21



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