A couple of days ago we heard the sad news from one of our most faithful pastor/seminary students, Sergei Sukharev, that his father had passed away suddenly and tragically at only 60 years of age.
Sergei has finished his course work and writing his dissertation hoping to graduate during the intensive course in St. Petersburg at the end of September.
Sergei is unique in many ways, he is the pastor of a downtown Presbyterian church, just a few blocks from the Czar's Winter Palace. But more than that, Sergei is literally the only student in our seminary who was raised by a believing father. His father, Ivan, was an evangelical pastor during Soviet times, loving Christ and outspoken about his faith .
His father, Ivan was the Bishop of the Augsburg Lutherans, and was attending a conference in South Korea. On his return home to St. Petersburg, he suffered a heart attack in Beijing, and died.