About us. History of the church

It was the middle of the 1970s. That time many world churches started praying for different regions, cities, and districts of the Soviet Union. A church in the city of Solna in the suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden, started praying for Udmurtia. Although these Christians didn’t know anything about the spiritual background in our country, they blessed both Izhevsk and Udmurtia. This intercession did not go unnoticed by the Supreme God. Something started to change in the spiritual world.  

Nearly at the same time a clear call to missionary ministry sounded in the heart of a future missionary and later senior pastor of “Philadelphia” church Pavel Zhelnovakov. God’s work was revealed at least in two ways: many people prayed for Udmurtia and the heart of the future missionary was formed and trained. God only knew what he would need and what he would have to face with.

Years had passed… The former Soviet Union changed drastically as an answer to the prayers of many saints in Russia and other countries. Thereupon the hearts and minds of many young people awakened. The mighty voice of the Holy Spirit started to talk to them. During Christmas times of 1990 a charity mission “Vozmozhnost” (TN: Russian “opportunity”) started its ministry. And all at once the third way of God’s work was revealed. In His love and by the prayers of the Christians He had prepared a wide field of opportunities to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Lots of men and women, the young and the old, people of different social background were eager to fill the spiritual vacuum and still souls’ hunger.

The truth sown in the people’s hearts started to grow and bring fruit. Neither political crisis, nor shambles, nor emerging occultism and the dirty floods of so called “spiritual enlightenment” could stop it. Missionaries went around the whole Izhevsk, Glazov, several districts of Udmurtia, where the groups of new-converted people started to occur.

There were no plans to start a new church in Izhevsk. The main goal was to support existing small evangelical churches so that they could be strengthened and start their own work. However the situation developed so rapidly that it was impossible to satisfy the spiritual inquiries and hunger of people by the means of few churches.

In April of 1992 an apartment was rented. After repair works had been done, the first group of Christians of 6-7 people gathered there.  These were Bible studying meeting for all comers. Soon this place became quite known and lots of new people came there. They were Russians, Udmurts, and Tatars. They searched for God and found Him. The sincerity and depth of their penance was absolutely doubtless. Later, at the beginning of summer an uncommon service took place at a lake in Izhevsk. Those who decided to live their lives with God, away from sin, prayed and baptized. Later there were a lot of holy services that happened there, when the lake’s waters could hear the following: “Do you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ crucified for your sins and raised for your justification?” – “I do believe!” It was such a joy on Heaven and earth. That is how “Philadelphia” church started its existence.

Since then 71 religious groups including churches were formed in Udmurtia and beyond its borders. All of them are parts of the Association of Churches of Evangelical Faith “Philadelphia”. The members of the Association are about 2200 people. At the moment the largest church is the church of Izhevsk that consists of more than 1300 members.

On January 25-27 the official opening and consecration of Izhevsk church’s building took place in Truda street, 19. 

It was the middle of the 1970s. That time many world churches started praying for different regions, cities, and districts of the Soviet Union. A church in the city of Solna in the suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden, started praying for Udmurtia. Although these Christians didn’t know anything about the spiritual background in our country, they blessed both Izhevsk and Udmurtia. This intercession did not go unnoticed by the Supreme God. Something started to change in the spiritual world.  

Nearly at the same time a clear call to missionary ministry sounded in the heart of a future missionary and later senior pastor of “Philadelphia” church Pavel Zhelnovakov. God’s work was revealed at least in two ways: many people prayed for Udmurtia and the heart of the future missionary was formed and trained. God only knew what he would need and what he would have to face with.

Years had passed… The former Soviet Union changed drastically as an answer to the prayers of many saints in Russia and other countries. Thereupon the hearts and minds of many young people awakened. The mighty voice of the Holy Spirit started to talk to them. During Christmas times of 1990 a charity mission “Vozmozhnost” (TN: Russian “opportunity”) started its ministry. And all at once the third way of God’s work was revealed. In His love and by the prayers of the Christians He had prepared a wide field of opportunities to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Lots of men and women, the young and the old, people of different social background were eager to fill the spiritual vacuum and still souls’ hunger.

The truth sown in the people’s hearts started to grow and bring fruit. Neither political crisis, nor shambles, nor emerging occultism and the dirty floods of so called “spiritual enlightenment” could stop it. Missionaries went around the whole Izhevsk, Glazov, several districts of Udmurtia, where the groups of new-converted people started to occur.

There were no plans to start a new church in Izhevsk. The main goal was to support existing small evangelical churches so that they could be strengthened and start their own work. However the situation developed so rapidly that it was impossible to satisfy the spiritual inquiries and hunger of people by the means of few churches.

In April of 1992 an apartment was rented. After repair works had been done, the first group of Christians of 6-7 people gathered there.  These were Bible studying meeting for all comers. Soon this place became quite known and lots of new people came there. They were Russians, Udmurts, and Tatars. They searched for God and found Him. The sincerity and depth of their penance was absolutely doubtless. Later, at the beginning of summer an uncommon service took place at a lake in Izhevsk. Those who decided to live their lives with God, away from sin, prayed and baptized. Later there were a lot of holy services that happened there, when the lake’s waters could hear the following: “Do you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ crucified for your sins and raised for your justification?” – “I do believe!” It was such a joy on Heaven and earth. That is how “Philadelphia” church started its existence.

Since then 71 religious groups including churches were formed in Udmurtia and beyond its borders. All of them are parts of the Association of Churches of Evangelical Faith “Philadelphia”. The members of the Association are about 2200 people. At the moment the largest church is the church of Izhevsk that consists of more than 1300 members.

On January 25-27 the official opening and consecration of Izhevsk church’s building took place in Truda street, 19.