Dr. Roman Dechtiarenko

Director of Discipleship
Slavic Gospel Association

Roman Dechtiarenko was born to a Russian mother and Ukranian father in a concentration camp during WW2.  At the end of the war the family settled in Liege, Belgium for six years and then immigrated to Canada.  He grew up in Montreal, Quebec Canada speaking Russian, English and French.

Roman was baptized as an infant in the Russian-Orthodox Church but during his childhood his parents became disenchanted with the Orthodox faith and he and his sister were basically un-churched.  When Roman was seventeen years old his father died of diabetic shock as a result of alcohol.  His death placed the fear of dying and the uncertainty concerning life after death in Roman’s heart.  He started searching for meaning in life and for God.  Shortly after his father’s death Roman was introduced to the Gospel and received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.  Both Roman and his sister accepted the Lord at the same time.  Their mother accepted the Lord a few years later and passed away knowing her Savior.

After finishing one year of college majoring in accounting, Roman felt the Lord calling him to go to Bible College.  He attended Toronto Bible College for two years and later transferred to Philadelphia College of Bible.  During his college years Roman served as pastor of the Russian Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church in Philadelphia.  He also met Luba, a Russian-speaking young lady with a passion and heart for ministry, in 1969 and they married ten months later.  He graduated from PCB in 1971, received his Masters degree in Missions from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and together with his wife and infant daughter began their ministry at the Russian Bible Institute in Argentina where they served for eight years.  Roman was the director of the Institute.

In 1981 Roman and Luba moved from Argentina to Wheaton,  IL where they began preparing to minister to the Soviet Union.  Roman attended Wheaton Graduate School and received a Masters Degree in Cross-Cultural Communications and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his Doctorate of Ministry degree.

Roman is currently the Director of Discipleship for Slavic Gospel Association.  He has been a missionary of Slavic Gospel Association since 1972.  He is heavily involved in training pastors in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.  He travels extensively throughout the former-Soviet Republics training pastors and speaking at pastor conferences.

For the past eight years Roman has also been teaching Russian-speaking men in the Land of Israel.  This is a new ministry for Slavic Gospel but with over 1.3 million Russian Jews in that land it is critical to train young pastors and missionaries and evangelize the masses that need salvation.  He has authored many books in Russian for pastors and missionaries, and many of his teaching sessions are available on CD or the internet.

On Oct. 3, 2014 in Netanya, Israel the Israel College of the Bible will initiate the first semester of classes in the Russian language.  Roman will be teaching “Systematic Theology” until December 2013.

The Dechtiarenko’s have two grown children, and six grandchildren.  Their daughter Sandi and her family (husband Scott, son Steven (17), daughter Madalyn (15) and daughter Rebecca (13)  live in Red Deer, Alberta Canada.  Their son Joe and his family (wife Naomi, daughter Kianna (7), son Mason (5) and daughter Aliyah (2) live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada).