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The Adventist Community of Barnaul Celebrates Centennial Milestone

The milestone celebrations highlighted the sense of continuity and community that has characterized the Adventist Church in the region over the century.

Euro-Asia Division News with ANN Staff
The Adventist Community of Barnaul Celebrates Centennial Milestone

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The Seventh-day Adventist community in Barnaul, Russia, marked a historic milestone on June 8, 2024, as they celebrated the 100th anniversary of the church's founding in the city. The event saw not only local church members but also visitors from across Russia and abroad, including Novoaltaisk, Talmenka, Biysk, Novosibirsk, and from as far afield as Germany, come together in a show of unity and faith.

The day's celebrations began with a traditional greeting and prayer led by Ivan Stepanovich, a local church pastor, highlighting the sense of continuity and community that has characterized the Adventist Church over the century. The service also witnessed the participation of the Novosibirsk choir, alongside solo and group contributions from members of Novoaltaisk and Barnaul.

This centennial event not only commemorated the establishment of the first Adventist community in Barnaul 100 years ago but also celebrated the enduring spirit and growth of the church in the region.


In a captivating presentation series, church pastors took attendees on a historical journey from the foundation of the church in 1924 to its current status. Using slides, photographs, archival records, and firsthand narratives, they charted the evolution of the church. Among the highlights were the anecdotes about the Adventist pioneers, pivotal figures in the church's early days in Barnaul.

Archival evidence points to May 30, 1924, as a significant date in the church's history, marking the first documented mention of its existence. This day commemorated the submission of an application prompted by preacher Ilya Gavrilovich Gorelik's arrival, seeking permission for the Barnaul Adventist group to conduct religious gatherings complete with sermons and songs. The Altgubotdel of the OGPU responded by granting Permission No. 381 in 1924, a document that underscores the early recognition of the Seventh-day Adventist Church community in Barnaul. The narrative shared recounted the adversities faced during periods of persecution and celebrated the era of favor that allowed the church to propagate its beliefs across the Altai region.


Members of the church community came together to celebrate the occasion. Moisei Iosifovich Ostrovsky, the president of the East Russian Union Mission, gave a welcoming speech and sermon. Eduard Viktorovich Bulavchik, president of the Central Siberian Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which includes the Barnaul community, extended his congratulations to those gathered.

The building where the church now gathers was recently built, but evangelism took place there long before the building was complete. Currently, there is a Christian center for additional education, a drawing studio called “Drawing Together,” a robotics club named “Young Droid,” the “Klubochek” studio, and a beadwork workshop. In addition, a local pastor provides premarital counseling and Bible classes.

The original article was published on the Euro-Asia Division Russian website.

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