Volodymyr and Oksana Kostyshyn

Volodymyr and Oksana Kostyshyn

Volodymyr (Volodia) pastors the Grace Church (Baptist) in Ternopil, Western Ukraine. He also teaches in the Ternopil Biblical Seminary. Volodia is married to Oksana.

Volodia was born into a Ukrainian Orthodox family in Ternopil, western Ukraine. He heard the Gospel through the witness of a newly converted friend, when he was nineteen, and began reading the Bible so he could disprove its truth. God spoke to him through his Word, and Volodia became a Christian. He completed his training as a mechanical engineer, then studied theology in Budapest. Hearing about EMF, he joined EMF’s School of Biblical Studies in the UK.

Volodia married Oksana in the autumn of 2003. They have two sons, Zechariah, who has severe health problems and Oleksii.

Ternopil has a population of around 215,000. Many people belong to the Ukrainian Orthodox or Eastern Catholic church; there is little biblical Christianity. When Volodia returned to the Ukraine in 2000, he took pastoral charge of the newly formed Druzhba Baptist church. Church life is encouraging. The Lord has prospered the work and added to numbers. Volodia’s wider ministry includes teaching in the Ternopil Biblical Seminary and at a mission school, aiming to equip Christians in the Islamic world. 

In 2011, the church built its own building on the outskirts of Ternopil. The fellowship then changed its name to Grace Church, calling its building the House of Grace. As well as being a place for worship, the building is well used for ministry to children with disabilities and their families. It also provides a home for Volodia and his family who live on the first floor.

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EMF Christmas Appeal 2022: Bible and Blankets for Ukraine

November 24, 2022
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In this short video, we explain the great need in Ukraine for winter supplies, and why we are launching this Christmas appeal. With input from front-line workers in Ukraine Volodymyr Kostyshyn, Ivan Hontar and Liudmyla Mariash.
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Ukraine Update 6th May 2022

May 6, 2022
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2 Christians on the front line of supporting refugees and displaces people in Ukraine describe the recent situation, from their perspective
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EMF Webinar: UKRAINE: 46 Days of Human Suffering and God's Sovereignty

April 11, 2022
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Hearing the testimonies of EMF missionaries and fellow workers on the front line caring for refugees in Ukraine, Moldova, Poland and Romania.
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Prayer requests from Sasha (Chernivtsi) and Volodia (Ternopil)

April 1, 2022
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Martin Tatham talks to Sasha Diankov from the evangelical church in Chernivtsi, and Volodia Kostyshyn from the Grace Church in Ternopil, about how we can pray for them.
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Update and prayer requests from Volodia Kostyshyn

March 24, 2022
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Volodia Kostyshyn, pastor of Grace Church, Ternopil in the West of Ukraine, and EMF missionary, describes the situation in Ternopil, the refugees coming from the East, and how to pray for them in Ukraine.
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Update and prayer requests from Volodia Kostyshyn

March 15, 2022
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Volodia Kostyshyn, pastor of Grace Church, Ternopil in the West of Ukraine, and EMF missionary, describes the situation in Ternopil, the refugees coming from the East, and how to pray for them in Ukraine.
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How can we pray for Ukraine following the invasion?

February 26, 2022
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Just 2 days after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Volodia Kostyshyn, pastor of Grace Church, Ternopil in the West of Ukraine, and EMF missionary, describes the situation in Ternopil, the refugees coming from the East, and how to pray for them in Ukraine.
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Volodia Kostyshyn: How we can pray for Ukraine

February 26, 2022
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Volodia Kostyshyn, pastor of Grace Church, Ternopil in the West of Ukraine, and EMF missionary, describes the situation in Ternopil, the refugees coming from the East, and how to pray for them in Ukraine.
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Meet our Missionaries: Volodymyr & Oksana Kostyshyn

October 28, 2021
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Brief introduction to Volodymyr and Oksana Kostyshyn, EMF missionaries in Ternopil, Western Ukraine ...
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Help for Happy Wheels

January 31, 2021
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4 years ago, Volodia & Oksana Kostyshyn, EMF missionaries in Ternopil, Western Ukraine, set up the Happy Wheels initiative to give transportation to people with disabilities.
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