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Russia // Kemerovo Christian Center // Pastors Ura & Zhenya Stoliarov

Who are we?

Pastor Yri and his wife Zhenya began pastoring Kemerovo Christian Center (KCC) in 1997. In 1999, KCC opened its first drug rehab center in the village of Zmienka. The church realized they could help minister best to the city of Kemerovo by meeting the needs of the people, thus leading entire families to Christ.

What do we do? 

Pastor Yri has sent out missionaries to nine different cities where they have followed a dual model – opening both rehab center and church simultaneously. The current government does not have a system of rehab centers in place to properly help drug or alcohol addicts. 

Why do we do what we do? 

More than 70,000 people die each year in Russia from drug abuse, about 30,000 of them from heroin. Millions more suffer from dependency, with an estimated 8.5 million drug addicts in 2013.  The rehab centers run by Pastor Yri and his daughter churches have found great success that the Russian government has not been able to find. Today, the church has 10 locations across Russia where all but one of the pastors is an ex-drug addict who went through the recovery program at KCC. Where each new campus is planted, it is always accompanied by at least one rehab center if not multiple. This has been used to not only change the lives of addicts, but also as an outreach to the community and even government. The Christian rehab model is seeing successes the government facilities never could achieve. KCC and their daughter campuses envision themselves as being the catalyst for change across Russia and the spark of a spiritual revolution!

What impact have we had? 

In 2014, during the 20-year anniversary of KCC, the rehab center in Zmienka celebrated 1,000 participants who successfully finished the nine-month program to find true healing and freedom from drug and alcohol abuse. Pastor Yri and his leadership team continue to provide this program at no cost to participants.