Dawn of Life Full Gospel Church (Khmelnitsky)

1. General information:

Name: The religious community Dawn of Life Full Gospel Church
Pastor: Rostislav Kudin 
Location: Khmelnitsky, Ukraine


2. A brief history of the origin and development:

The Dawn of Life Full Gospel Church in the city of Khmelnitsky is historically connected with the existing Light of the World Church of Evangelical Christians which until 1991 was the spiritual home of the founder and senior pastor of the first church Valentina Melnik.

At the national level from 1997 to 2013 the church was a part of the association of Ukrainian Christian Evangelical Church. At the international level, in 2009 the church "Dawn of Life" joined the International Church of the Holy Pentecost (International Pentecostal Holiness Church - IPHC), and is a part of it until now.

The Church was born during the collapse of communism and the USSR period that was characterized by ideological crisis and spiritual vacuum. Active preaching of the Gospel provided the answer to the great spiritual need of the people. Since 1991 Dawn of Life Church openly preached the Word of God in the streets and in various halls of Khmelnitsky. Many people were saved, found forgiveness, healing, deliverance from unclean spirits, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Through the ministry of the gospel, for the first 8 years (1991-1999), the church has grown from 15 to 450 people! At the same time, the church has developed a lot of leaders that would later become active and key ministers. In the spring of 1992, after the end of his military service Rostislav Kudin joined the church and later became a senior pastor of the church.


3. The vision of the church:

  1. To help each person in the church to become a disciple of Jesus Christ and fulfill the global and individual will of God.
  2. Reach the following sectors of society with the Kingdom of God: personal surrounding of every Christian; children; teenagers and youth; families; orphans and street children; addicts and imprisoned; businessmen.
  3. The church accomplishes its main internal and external purposes using small groups.
  4. While serving God and people all the ministries and programs of the church are based and carried out according to the following principles:
  • Praise and worship God in all things.
  • Win people for God.
  • Love one another through fellowship, caring and serving one another using God-given gifts. (1Peter 4:10; Hebrews 10:25; Philippians 2:4; Romans 15:2).
  • Maturing believers in Christ (Ephesians 4:12-13; Colossians  1:28).
  • Equipping saints for work of service to fulfill their calling in life (Ephesians 4:12,13).


4. Ministry and church programs:

From the very beginning, the church has been actively developing ministries in different directions, having the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as the basis of its vision. It identified key priorities for ministry: evangelism, social work, pastoral care, discipleship, spiritual formation and mission work. From the beginning, the church has focused on studying the Word of God, fasting and prayer, and ministry by the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Current ministries include:

- The ministry of small groups.
- Children.
- Teenagers.
- Youth.
- Age of Wisdom (serving the elderly).
- Family.
- Drama.
- Dance.
- Praise and Worship.
- Education.
- Men.
- Women.
- Prison.
- Rehabilitation.
- Serving soldiers and churches in the east of the country.
- Mercy ministry to families with many children and dysfunctional families.
- Ministry to Roma community.


5. Today's challenges and needs of the church, including financial:

There is a great need for financial support of the ministry of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation center of the church is 12 km away from the city. In average about 15-20 people go through rehabilitation process on a daily basis. In addition to feeding, clothing, providing detergents, paying bills for rehabilitants; we regularly take them out to the city for different ministries.

We are also planning to open a women's rehab center in near future, but we are lacking finances to complete the renovation of premises and provide necessary furniture and equipment.

There is also a need for financial aid to the east of the country. The soldiers need food, clothing, medicine, funds for fuel;

There is a financial need for the ministry to Roma community who live in a garbage dump. They need clothes, food, etc; Also ministry to dysfunctional families. They need fuel, clothing, food, and finances for treatment.