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Alexander Kharitonov

Alex Kharitonov
Person Details
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  • Russia
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Disciple-Making Leaders (Foundational) Network


  • Christian Organisation

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I am the president of Christian Camping International in Russia. Our vision is to be a highly effective and valuable ministry tool throughout the world, supporting a growing alliance of internally strong, sustainable, and growth-focused associations of Christian camps, conference centers, outdoor activity providers, and leaders. I am responsible for leading the CCI in fulfilling its mission in Russia. I provide leadership on behalf of the board, serve the association membership, and directly supervise the team of CCI Russia. I teach, speak, write, edit, lead, listen, listen, and listen.

When did you trust Christ?

I met Jesus Christ in June 1993 as a result of deep exposure to the truth of the Bible through reading and fellowship with Christians, catalyzed by a serious internal crisis and apparent lack of purpose in my life. My actual decision was made on the night of June 25, 1993.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

My grandmother's prayers, the only Christian in my family for 49 years (from the time my grandfather was killed in World War 2 until my conversion in 1993). My marriage to a woman from a Christian family; followed by my pursuit of an academic career and my defense of my Ph.D. thesis. Also, working as a translator for Christian publishers and as a tutor for Western missionaries to Russia; and lastly, my first visit to a Christian camp in 1993 was the first faith community that I experienced.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I feel blessed to be part of the Forum's fellowship of evangelical believers from all corners of Europe. I have learned the best practices of other ministries and am eager to apply some great new ideas that will further the kingdom of God in Russia. I have learned much about fundraising, pastoral care, and organizational leadership.

What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?

I have been the president of CCI Russia since 1994. I have previously been the president of Narnia Publishing House and a board member of various Christian organizations.  

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Getting people to retreat in nature away from their busy lives is an effective tool to share the gospel and reach people's hearts.