It is with deep regret and profound sadness we inform you that Oksana Raychynets, deputy dean for academic affairs at the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary, went home to be with the Lord on April 11, 2021.
Tested positive for Covid-19 at the end of March, she spent the last couple of weeks of her life on a lung ventilator, with her health condition gradually deteriorating.
Students, faculty and staff of the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary offer their prayers and heartfelt condolences to her husband Fedir Raychynets, head of the Department of Theology, relatives and friends on their loss.
Oksana has been working at the seminary for the last 14 years, serving each student, each faculty member and staff. Her contribution into training national church leaders from Ukraine, Eastern Europe and Central Asia over the years is enormous. We all have many fond memories of her.
May the Lord bring comfort to all those who grieve Oksana’s earthly departure and rejoice in her heavenly welcome!
In the 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine saw a nation-wide revival, with a great number of new churches planted across the country. That in turn, implied the drastic need for competent worship leaders and teams as well as transformation of the worship paradigm in order to reach out youth.
At the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary, we are committed to helping our students put their knowledge into practice. In classes, faculty teach students practical skills, sharing with them own experiences as teachers, pastors and missionaries. Outside the classroom, students gain supervised ministry experience and internships.