Slavic Gospel Association

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From our founding in 1934 through today, SGA has been working with churches in Russia, the former Soviet countries of Eastern Europe, and Central Asia to share the Gospel, help train leaders for the church, and to help the hurting and forgotten in the name of Jesus.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Slavic Gospel Association
6151 Commonwealth Dr.
Loves Park, IL 61111-9907


Phone: (815) 282-8900

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 362428314

CEO/President: Michael Johnson

Chairman: Dr. Rick Goertzen

Board size: 11

Founder: Rev. Peter Deyneka

Ruling year: 1950

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Sharing the Gospel - SGA connects North American Christians - like you - with individual Russian church-planting missionaries, and helps to send them out to live, work, and proclaim the Gospel. You can have an exciting part in this life-changing fulfillment of the Great Commission!

Equipping the Church - Preparing faithful pastors, teachers, youth leaders, and children's workers for lifetimes of ministry is vital for evangelical churches across Russia and her neighboring countries. Our schools provide doctrinally sound, biblical training in pastoral ministry, evangelism, and Christian education.

Helping the Forgotten - Across the lands of Russia, more than 700,000 children living in state-run orphanages or children's homes. Their physical and spiritual needs are enormous. Most of these kids will never be adopted into a loving family. Without Christ, they face a dismal future.

Mission statement

Slavic Gospel Association uses the following to communicate its mission:

To serve evangelical churches, helping make disciples of the people in the lands of Russia for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through prayer, strategic ministry, and financial assistance.

Statement of faith

Slavic Gospel Association uses the following to communicate its faith:

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. (Luke 24:27,44; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Acts 5:3-4)

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Luke 1:26-38; John 1:14; 14:6-11; Hebrews 1:1-8)

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word and deed. (Romans 3:10-26; 1 Thessalonians 1:7-9: Jeremiah 17:9)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. (1 Corinthians 15:1-10; 1 John 1:7; 2:1-2; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 3:24-25)

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate. (1 Corinthians 15:1-10; Hebrew 10:12-22; 1 John 2:1-2)

We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, premillennial and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 1:5-8; Acts 1:8-12; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, thereby receiving eternal life and thus becoming children of God. (John 1:12; 3:3-16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; John 10:27-29)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost. (Matthew 25:46; Daniel 12:2-3; Revelation 20:4-6, 10-15)

We believe in the spreading of the gospel as Jesus said... Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating850 of 1024104 of 126
Fund acquisition rating1003 of 1027121 of 126
Resource allocation rating898 of 1027112 of 126
Asset utilization rating256 of 102438 of 126

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$67,305$74,092$80,687$74,793$72,464
Short-term investments$109,205$461,694$916,119$889,041$1,856
Other current assets$12,327$37,482$28,573$84,233$81,934
Total current assets$3,213,583$2,822,107$3,637,728$4,028,798$2,562,563
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$547,720$604,275$581,505$580,456$604,799
Other long-term assets$657,784$531,697$521,300$277,214$206,393
Total long-term assets$1,205,504$1,135,972$1,102,805$857,670$811,192
Total assets$4,419,087$3,958,079$4,740,533$4,886,468$3,373,755
Payables and accrued expenses$251,531$313,412$290,913$258,832$377,531
Other current liabilities$170,061$39,362$45,686$49,859$45,042
Total current liabilities$421,592$352,774$336,599$308,691$422,573
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$305,637$298,424$319,506$380,524$410,630
Total long-term liabilities$471,452$298,424$319,506$380,524$410,630
Total liabilities$893,044$651,198$656,105$689,215$833,203
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$2,212,315$2,144,494$2,480,944$2,799,368$1,933,617
With donor restrictions$1,313,728$1,162,387$1,603,484$1,397,885$606,935
Net assets$3,526,043$3,306,881$4,084,428$4,197,253$2,540,552
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Total contributions$7,805,440$7,098,687$7,563,506$8,004,565$6,401,406
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$43,873$90,460$29,524$50,515$13,591
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$43,873$90,460$29,524$50,515$13,591
Total revenue$7,849,313$7,189,147$7,593,030$8,055,080$6,414,997
Program services$5,611,820$5,938,121$5,723,467$4,994,485$5,391,987
Management and general$710,770$698,816$758,153$715,242$766,674
Total expenses$7,630,151$7,966,694$7,705,855$6,398,379$6,839,334
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$219,162($777,547)($112,825)$1,656,701($424,337)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$219,162($777,547)($112,825)$1,656,701($424,337)


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Slavic Gospel Association traces its founders vision and history to the 1920s and 30s and the city of Chicago, where we were founded by Rev. Peter Deyneka, a refugee from Belarus (now an independent nation, but then a part of the Soviet Union). In the 1920s Peter traveled throughout the Soviet Union to share the gospel and encourage Bible-believing churches.

When Soviet dictator Josef Stalin intensified persecution of the churches in the early 1930s, it prevented Peter from traveling to his homeland to share the Gospel. Convinced that there were ways to help the churches from here, he and a small group of Chicago-area businessmen met in the back of Hedstrom's Shoe Store and founded the Russian Gospel Association in 1934. It was later renamed the Slavic Gospel Association (SGA).

For many decades, SGA covertly distributed millions of Bibles and Christian books under the Iron Curtain into the hands of believers throughout the Soviet Union, while producing and broadcasting thousands of Christian radio programs over the Iron Curtain.

The first Russian language Bible institutes in the world were established to train the Russian immigrants in Toronto, Canada, Temperley, Argentina, and other parts of the world. The mission also had an extensive ministry to Russian-speaking refugees and immigrants living in various countries throughout the world.

Then, in 1989 - just two years after his passing - the Lord answered Rev. Deyneka's lifetime prayers and brought the Iron Curtain crashing down - surprising the entire world. SGA leaders and missionaries immediately began to seize the unprecedented new opportunities for reaching the people of the former Soviet Union for the glory of Christ.

SGA has grown to become an international ministry with autonomous offices in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and England.

Today, our mission works primarily in the former Soviet nations of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. In addition, we sponsor Bible training for Russian churches in Israel, and assist there with training initiatives, conferences, and Russian-language publications.

We provide Russian-language Bibles and Christian literature, provision of solid Bible training for pastors, church planters and church workers, sponsorship of church-planting missionaries, and sponsorship of youth and children's ministries including outreach to orphans. SGA partners also help provide funds to help churches purchase occasional humanitarian aid on an as-needed basis.

Today we continue to faithfully share the Gospel, equip the church, and help the forgotten in Jesus' name.

Rev. Peter Deyneka, our visionary founder, came to the United States from the former Soviet republic of Belarus at the age of 15. A few years later, Peter repented of his sins and trusted in Christ as Savior during a worship service at Chicago's historic Moody Church during the pastorate of Dr. Paul Rader.

After his salvation and graduation from St. Paul Bible School in Minnesota, Peter returned to Chicago with an overwhelming burden to see his people won to Christ. In 1925, he went back to his homeland and began a lifetime of extensive ministry travels, sharing the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Throughout the Cold War era, Peter Deyneka traveled the globe holding prayer meetings, often overnight, encouraging the Lord's people to pray for the opening of the Soviet Union for the preaching of the Gospel. His motto became, "Much prayer, much power. Little prayer, little power. No prayer, no power!"

It's easy to understand why Rev. Deyneka's powerful preaching earned him the nickname, "Peter Dynamite."

Having poured out his life in service to the Lord, Peter Deyneka was called to his heavenly reward in 1987.

Program accomplishments

SGA's ministry reaches across 8.5 million square miles to bring the light of the Gospel to millions of people of all ages and economic conditions.


Jesus never hesitated to demonstrate His tender, loving concern for little ones, and He commanded us to do the same. You can positively affect the children in your community as well as those half a world away with Kid to Kid: Helping the Children of Russia, SGA's missions program for kids.

KID TO KID is an educational, adaptable, biblically sound outreach opportunity with many applications. The program kit contains several elements.

a five-part video comparing the lives of children in America and the CIS
an audiocassette featuring a five-part radio drama
transparencies and audio-tapes with Bible memory verses and songs in English and Russian
special coloring and game sheets
a color-in Bible chart and other helpful materials.
This outreach can be adapted for VBS programs, Sunday schools, Christian camps, midweek children's Bible clubs, and more! It makes it easy for your kids to impact the lives of other children living halfway around the world by providing them with Russian-language Bibles. Your children will have the joy of knowing they helped make it possible.

Through an exciting video series and other useful elements, your children will be able to learn about how Russian kids live, what foods they eat, how they play, and what challenges they face as they grow up. They can listen to the riveting story of Misha and the Truthteller, and rejoice as Misha is led to saving faith in Jesus Christ. They can enjoy singing Christian songs and memorizing Bible verses -- in English and Russian! But most importantly of all, they'll develop a heart for missions as they discover how they can be a part of bringing a Russian child to Christ.

Your Kids Can Help make a difference in precious young lives in the CIS by giving special offerings that will provide Russian-language Bibles -- and there are so many who need the Word of God! Lonely forgotten orphans living in run-down state orphanages, kids liv-ing on the street because their parents have abandoned them, young boys and girls in juvenile detention on their way to a life of crime, and count-less other kids who've never heard of the Saviors love. To receive your free kit of materials for this popular program, you may call SGA at 1-800-BIBLE-50 or sign up online at www. We only ask that you send your Bible offerings to SGA as soon as possible after your program is concluded, so that we may put your gifts to immediate use among children in the CIS.

Throughout the lands of Russia, hundreds of believers are ready and eager to fulfill the Lord's command to take the Gospel to their own nation, to make disciples, to plant churches. But these church planters need our support because their devastated economies make it virtually impossible for national churches to support missionaries.

Across Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine, our Christian brothers and sisters have unprecedented opportunities to reach their nations for Christ, and we in the West have been blessed with unprecedented levels of material resources to help them.

SGA encourages churches and believers in North America to sponsor national church planters for a minimum of two years. Two years of sponsorship means hundreds -- perhaps thousands of men, women, boys and girls will hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, most of them for the first time. It means a local body of believers will begin to meet and another church will be planted. If you are unable to support a church planter by yourself, SGA can team you with others. Monthly support is delivered every quarter directly to the church planters. You will receive his name and address, as well as the names of his wife and children, and if available, a family picture. The church planter is encouraged to periodically write to his sponsor and share items of praise regarding ministry progress, as well as personal and ministry prayer needs or concerns.

The church planter is accountable to his sending church, his regional pastor, and to the Director of Missions and Church-planting for the Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists. In addition, SGA representatives meet with church planters from time to time to encourage them and report their activities in SGA's monthly publication InSight. If you'd like more information, just call 1-800-BIBLE-50 and we'll be happy to answer all your questions.