Photo of the Week: Russian actor-turned-pastor publishes a devotional book

Wed, Feb 8, 2012

Estonia, News, Photo of the week, Russia

Rev Oleg Sevastyanov

Rev. Oleg Sevastyanov shows his first published book, a memoir and devotion called Steps in the Desert.

This post was shared by missionary Rev. Matthew Heise

“Missionary Pastor to Estonia for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria (ELCIR), Rev. Oleg Sevastyanov has always been considered a dynamic preacher. From his days as a film actor in the USSR in the 1970s and 80s to his tenure at Holy Trinity Lutheran in Moscow in the 1990s, Sevastyanov has retained his connections to the artistic world, now in the cause of the Gospel. This past month his first book, Steps in the Desert, was published.

“At the presentation of his book in the city library of Narva, Estonia, Sevastyanov said, “I started to write this a long time ago, when I was in Moscow in the 80s and 90s. I saw this icon in the Museum of Atheism called “Steps in the Desert” in what was then Leningrad [ed. note: now St. Petersburg] and the words just came to me and kind of captured me. I didn’t just sit down to a desk and write these. The book is being sold now in the popular Central House of Books on Nevsky Prospekt, right in the heart of St. Petersburg, Russia. It is a book of spiritual reflections, prayers and meditations upon life from a film actor-turned-Lutheran pastor.”

Rev. Sevastyanov is supported in part by project grants from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

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