A number of apologetic seminars were held in Ukraine and Russia. This initiated the idea for a ministry like REALIS.


Sergiy Tymchenko met with Martin Hirshmuller, the President of "Light in the East" mission. This meeting led to the Kiev Christian Research and Educational Center becoming a part of "Light in the East." The function of the center was to be an umbrella for three projects: an Apologetic Center, a Counseling Center, and a Communication Center. The Sociological Department and informational center (a specialized library) were added later.


The German Board of Directors for "Light in the East" decided that the ministry of the Kyiv Christian Research and Educational Center was outside the scope of the ministry of "Light in the East". The result was a partnership with "them. The transition from a division of the mission to a partner of the mission took several years.


The Kiev Christian Research and Educational Center became a temporary extension of the Alliance Theological Seminary. The initial offering was a program for the "Leadership Education." This project continued three more years.


The Kiev Christian Research and Educational Center acquired its current name REALIS (Research, Education and Light Information Service).


REALIS initiated and was responsible for the organization of a Ukrainian-British conference on bioethics. The nature of this conference was not strictly religious, but REALIS wanted to influence the program and the agenda of the conference. Completion of this goal required registration of REALIS as a charitable foundation whose goal was to spread culture and spirituality in Ukraine. Meanwhile, REALIS continued to function as a department of "Light in the East."


In June, REALIS' extension program with Alliance Seminary received official accreditation from ATS (Association of Theological School in the United States and Canada ) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for 10 years. Students, completing this program, received a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies. By 2011 there were 102 graduates - Christian leaders who now serve in various places of the former Soviet Union as well as in many other countries of the world.


30 students graduated from the Masters Level Program (2002-2006) in Clinical Counseling. The program was organized by REALIS with the help of the Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando, Florida).

2011 -2014

REALIS works with Azusa Pacific University (USA) providing education (MA in Global Leadership) for dozens of Christian leaders from Eurasia together with students from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.

2015 – Present

REALIS, in partnership with the Kyiv Dragomanov National Pedagogical University (NPU), has developed a Masters degree program – “Sociopolitical Ethics and Theology” and “Christian Counseling and Chaplain Ministry in Crisis Situations”. Among the lecturers are professors from Oxford University, Princeton University, Yale University, Pepperdine University, Denver Seminary, Pittsburgh Seminary, and Alliance Theological Seminary.

Meat the Team

Sergiy Tymchenko


Ph.D from London School of Theology.; M.Div. from Denver Seminary; B.Eng.–M.Eng. from Moscow Power Engineering Institute

Nataliia Yushchenko

Office and Events Manager

Interregional Academy of Personnel Management, Master of Accounting and Auditing

Andrey Meleshko

The coordinator of educational programs

Master of Theology(MTh) - International Baptist Theological Seminary of EBF, Prague, Czech Republic

Svitlana Kovalova

Finance Administrator

Seminar for accountants and leaders working in English language learning centers (certificate); Seminar for leaders of state and municipal enterprises - Center for Advanced Training (Certificate #77); Lugansk, East-Ukrainian State University, Finance and Credits

Svitlana Khalanska

Bachelor of Theology, Donetsk Christian University; Master of Information, Library and Archival Affairs, Kyiv University of Culture.

Donetsk Christian University, B.A. in Theology

Olena Droschenko

Counselor-Supervisor Volunteer

МА, Reformed Theological Seminary, USA

Iryna Zbrodska


Doctoral student in Psychology from Dragomanov National Pedagogical University (Kyiv); Masters in Clinical Psychology from Interregional Academy of Personal Management (Kyiv); Masters (unaccredited) in Christian Counseling from REALIS Counseling Department

Joseph Terracina

Research Studies

B.A. in Psychology from Colorado Christian University. M.A. in Biblical studies (New Testament emphasis) from Denver Seminary. His area of interests in Biblical studies include New Testament Greek, gospel studies, and narrative criticism of the New Testament

Anya Bondarchuk


Ukrainian Bible Institute Mission of Ukraine for Christ (theology and practical service), РО “Spiritual academic-research center REALIS," Christian psychologist

Sergee Sviechnikov


Certificate from Realis Christian Center "Christian Counseling and Chaplaincy", "Integrated Psychological Counseling", Ukrainian Bible Seminary: a degree in Master of Theology, 2nd level "Murray Method" 2005

Elena Svechnikova


A graduate of Realis Christian Center in Counseling: addiction, child PTSD, consequences of violence, depression, divorce, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, family counseling, adolescents, group psychotherapy, supervision; Master's Level Program from REALIS / Reformed Theological Seminary

Board of Trustees

Sergiy Tymchenko


Jerry Trecek

Director Emeritus Peoria Rescue Ministries USA, Peoria Il.

Valeriy Antonyuk

President of the All-Ukrainian Union of Churches of Evangelical Christian Baptists.

Pastor of the сhurch "Тemple of Peace", Kyiv.

Sergey Debelynsky

President of the "Brotherhood of Independent Baptist Churches and Ministries of Ukraine"

Pastor of the "Awakening Church" in Kyiv

Viktor Tantsyura

Chairman of the Board of the Association of Missionary Churches of Evangelical Christians of Ukraine

Pastor of Evangelical Christian Church in Kyiv

Sergey Shaptala

Pastor of the “Church of Salvation”, Kyiv

Stanislav Gruntkovsky

Head of the Family Service Committee of the All-Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Baptist Churches

Pastor of the Irpin Bible Church