Rev. Vitaly Kalinovsky was born and grew up in Bishkek, Kirgizstan, in a nonbelieving family. At the age of 14 he was the first of his family to come to faith in Messiah. When he was 18 he realized that the Lord had called him to preach the gospel and he attended Immanuel Theological Institute in Bishkek, where he earned first a bachelor’s degree, followed by a Master of Divinity from its seminary program affiliated with Covenant Theological Seminary. In 2005, he was ordained as a pastor and for five years served as Associate Pastor at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Bishkek. From 2000 on, he prayed for the opportunity to share the gospel among the Russian-speaking immigrants in Philadelphia. He visited Philadelphia for the first time in 2010, where he met Fred Klett and learned of the ministry of Rock of Israel. Shortly afterward he was invited to join the Rock of Israel team. In 2012, Vitaly along with his wife Marina and his two children Anna and Peter came to Philadelphia to work with Rock of Israel and share the news of Messiah with the Russian-speaking community in northeastern Philadelphia.

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