On October 23, 2022, the 19th Sunday after Trinity, ELCIR Bishop Ivan Laptev ordained Roman Sukharev into the Office of Pastor at the Lutheran Church of Vyborg, Leningrad Oblast. Congratulations to Pastor Roman and the congregation on this joyful event!
“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” (1 Pet. 5: 1-4, ESV)