Pasha and Tatiana Koryakin
Pavel and Tatiana Koryakin have been married since 2004 and have two sons—Yegor and Fyodor. Pavel, a native to the city of Kemerovo in Siberia, came to Christ in 2001. That same year, he was given a fatal diagnosis by doctors, but God miraculously healed him!
In the ministry since 2002, Pavel’s focus has been on youth ministry, working with leaders, team building, evangelism in modern youth culture and helping churches in developing effective youth ministry. He served as coordinator of youth ministry for 10 years in the West Siberian Regional Association of Churches and 6 years in the Siberian Federal District of the Union of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith.
Tatiana came to God in 1993 as a 15-year-old teenager at one of the first meetings of a new church started by US missionaries. She’s been in ministry since 1995 and since 2000 she served as full-time youth pastor of the Kemerovo Church. Her strengths include counseling, leadership, team building, and helping others discover their gifts and potential. In addition, she has honed her communication skills having achieved a master’s degree in journalism. She also received specialized training in education, which she used for 2 years as a teacher.
In 2016, God called the family into a full-time ministry, and they moved to Kaliningrad. The main motivation for such a difficult decision was the understanding that today more than ever, the younger generation needs Jesus. In recent years, God has greatly increased the ministry of Pavel and Tatiana, blessing them with opportunity and privilege to impact and influence youth leaders throughout the country.
Currently, they are head of the School of Youth Ministry (JFYM), which encompasses 16 regions of Russia. Already, more than 500 youth leaders in 50 churches have gone through the training, and more than 50 leaders with rich experience in successful, practical youth ministry have been trained as teachers. Every year these numbers continue to grow. Finally, in the city of Kaliningrad, they’ve kept busy with the practical, boots-on-the ground work of youth ministry – organizing outreach to non-believing teens and students, developing evangelistic soccer clubs for children, and heading up short-term teen mission trips to the Balkan countries.