Aleksey helped plant Crossroad Church in 2018 and is the lead pastor of this vibrant community of believers who have a passion for reaching the lost. He has been married to Irina for over 20 years, and together, they have eight children. Aleksey has a passion for the salvation of souls and mentoring couples to have strong, God-centered marriages.
Aleksey has been in ministry for over 20 years and has previously served as an associate pastor for seven years. He immigrated from Ukraine in 1992 and has lived in the Pacific Northwest ever since. Aleksey and his family love the outdoors, traveling, camping, bicycling, and going for walks. Aleksey enjoys meeting new people and hosting in their home. When you see him make sure to say hello!
Yuri studied Bible coursework and environmental sciences at Northwest University. He has served in church ministry for more than 23 years; serving in missions, deaconship, evangelism, youth leadership, and prison outreach. Yuri co-founded Gates of Freedom Ministries in 2009 and has played a big role in leading the Women’s Recovery Center. He has served at Crossroad Church as associate pastor since 2018. Yuri’s motivation for ministry is to be able to empower, equip, and mentor people to be able to do beyond what he does.
Yuri and his wife of ten years have four kids, and he enjoys hiking, fishing, photography, painting, the sciences, and gardening. The more he studies the complex world and science, the more he sees that it points to God. His life’s motto is, “We have one life to live and should live it without regret! One way of not regretting life is reaching people, especially those that are broken.”
Since the age of 18, when God transformed his life, Igor has been eager to seek opportunities to serve God and people. He began serving in Sunday School and youth ministry, and then it grew into evangelism and prison ministry. This experience eventually led Egor to serve those who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions. In 2009, he co-founded Gates of Freedom ministries.
Egor and his wife, Mariya have two daughters. They enjoy traveling, being outside in nature, and spending time together. The love of God that is in Egor motivates him to serve others and be productive in whatever he is doing. He is passionate about seeing people’s relationships with God to be restored. He says, “All the ‘good’ that is in me comes from God.”
Ilya’s life revolves around serving whether it is ministering to youth, hosting home groups, helping at the Gates of Freedom Recovery Center, or travelling overseas for missions. He and his wife, Zoya, have four children and they enjoy doing all sorts of activities together as a family.
With over ten years of ministry experience, Ilya has a passion to raise young disciples who will in turn, raise other disciples. Having served in Ukraine, Guatemala, and Cuba, his desire is to take new missions teams to reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The best advice Ilya has received and lives by is: “Whatever you do and wherever you go, leave it better than when you first got there.”