Announcing the 2016 Deyneka Award Recipient

Dr. Alexander Negrov

For the past 25 years, Mission Eurasia (formerly Peter Deyneka Russian Ministries) has made its mission to train and equip Next Generation Christian leaders in Eurasia to reach their countries for Christ.

The Deyneka Award—named in honor of our founders, the Rev. Peter Deyneka Jr. and his wife, Anita—is a monetary prize of $5,000 awarded every other year to evangelical Christian leaders working on projects that reflect the mission and vision of Mission Eurasia and contribute to the increased impact of the gospel and growth of the national church in Eurasia. The purpose of the Deyneka Award is to encourage ongoing excellence and innovation in missions while honoring the legacy of our founders.

Mission Eurasia is very pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 Deyneka Award: Dr. Alexander Negrov.

Dr. Negrov was selected for his excellent work to produce a leadership handbook for use in faith-based substance abuse rehabilitation centers in Eurasia. Alcohol and drug abuse is a growing problem in the countries of Eurasia, and many churches have opened faith-based rehabilitation centers to address this escalating crisis. Dr. Negrov’s handbook will be designed specifically for these Christian rehabilitation centers to “explain the key principles of effective organizational leadership; provide practical recommendations on various aspects of leadership and management relevant to rehabilitation center activities; and highlight the key principles of Christian leadership formation to be followed in the processes of in-house leadership development programs.”

Born in Ukraine, Dr. Negrov is now a naturalized US citizen who lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia with his wife, Zena. He is the CEO and founder of the Hodos Institute, which is dedicated to researching and developing leadership training materials for leaders in Eurasia to help them connect ethics with best leadership practice across all sectors of society.

Dr. Negrov also served as the president of St. Petersburg Christian University in Russia from 2005-2012. He has two master’s degrees in both New Testament and Old Testament from Briercrest Biblical Seminary in Canada and a Ph.D. from the University of Pretoria in the Republic of South Africa. Currently, he serves as an Affiliated Scholar at John Jay Institute in Pennsylvania and the Dean of the Graduate School of Leadership at St. Petersburg Christian University.

We warmly congratulate Dr. Alexander Negrov on this award, and we look forward to his future contributions to missions in Eurasia.

Mission Eurasia Announces:

The Deyneka Award


Honoring Our Past While Investing in Our Future

Since our founding in 1991, Mission Eurasia (formerly Peter Deyneka Russian Ministries) has focused on preparing the Next Generation of Christians in the former Soviet Union/Eurasia to reach their countries for Christ in innovative and effective ways.

That’s why Mission Eurasia is pleased to announce the establishment of the Deyneka Award that will encourage ongoing excellence and innovation in missions while honoring the legacy of our founders, Rev. Peter Deyneka, Jr. and his wife, Anita.

As many of you know, our late founder, Rev. Peter Deyneka, Jr. was a beloved missions statesman who devoted his entire life to spreading the gospel throughout the former Soviet Union. He served with his father, Peter Deyneka, Sr., at the Slavic Gospel Association (SGA)—a mission that his father founded in 1932—and succeeded him as president of SGA in 1975. Peter, Jr. served as president of SGA until 1991, when he and Anita founded Peter Deyneka Russian Ministries (PDRM) to react quickly and decisively to new, unprecedented opportunities for missions following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Peter, Jr. served as President of PDRM (now Mission Eurasia) until his death in 2000. Anita later served as President from 2002-2010. We thank God for the exemplary service of the Deynekas, and we are honored to offer this award in their name.

Deyneka Award Guidelines

The Deyneka Award is a monetary prize of $5,000 that will be awarded every other year, beginning in November 2016. Here are guidelines for the award:

Nominees for the Deyneka Award must be evangelical Christians, and can be from within or from outside of the Mission Eurasia network.

  • Preference will be given to emerging national leaders working in the territories of Eurasia/former Soviet Union.
  • The Deyneka Award will be given for projects that reflect the mission and vision of Mission Eurasia, contributing to the increased impact of the gospel and growth of the national church in the territories of Eurasia/former Soviet Union.
  • Areas of ministry that qualify for the Deyneka Award include (but are not limited to): leadership training, evangelism, church-planting, pastoral ministries, research, publishing, family ministries, orphan ministries, humanitarian outreach, and others.
  • Applications are accepted through September 30, 2016, with the award decision made in November 2016.
  • Nominations can be made by the person seeking the award or by another individual.
  • Applications can be submitted online or by mail.
  • Award recipients may be requested to provide a brief update on how the award money is used.

If you or someone you know would be interested in applying for the Deyneka Award, visit: and click on the Deyneka Award button at the bottom of the Home Page or click here. Then complete and submit the online application. If you have any questions, please contact our office at: 630-462-1739 or The deadline for application submission is September 30, 2016.

We are excited about this opportunity to award strategic mission projects for Eurasia/former Soviet Union and to honor the legacy of the Deynekas.

Gratefully in Him,


Sergey Rakhuba