On April 5, 2022, Aleksei Lozhkin, coworker of the ELCIR Children & Youth Department, intramural ELCIR Theological Institute student, was ordained into the Office of Deacon during a student worship service at the Lutheran Church of Koltushi, Leningrad Oblast. The rite of ordination was performed by ELCIR Bishop Ivan Laptev assisted by ELCIR St. Petersburg Region Dean Ivan Hutter and Missionary Pastor Leif Camp.
Deacon Aleksei continues to serve the Children & Youth Department and will do his vicarage at the Lutheran Church of Kondopoga, Karelia, all summer long.
God’s richest blessings on Deacon Aleksei!
“For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Tim. 4:10-12, ESV)