- ABOUT US
The Institute of Theology and Christian Ministry was founded in 2004 by American and Russian Christians.
ITCM is a part of the American and Russian Restoration movement. The founders, board members, administration, professors and teachers are members of the churches of Christ.
We acknowledge one God, the Creator of heaven and earth, revealed in the Old and New Testaments as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the uniqueness and finality of God's revelation in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and in the ultimate triumph of his kingdom. We practice baptism of adults by immersion for the forgiveness of sins and reception of the Holy Spirit. We await the resurrection of the dead and life in the world to come.
We believe that the risen Christ continues his ministry to the world through his Spirit in the church; we believe that participation in the life of the church nurtures Christian faith, is essential to Christian growth, and is necessary for salvation.
We acknowledge the Bible as the only rule for Christian faith and practice. We maintain the centrality and importance of Christian preaching to the mission of the church. In continuity with the American and Russian Restoration tradition of Christian faith and practice, in matters of faith we seek unity; in matters of opinion, liberty; in all things, love.
Founders: David Worley, Chuck Whittle, Oleg Yakimenko, Joel Petty, Alexander Kaladze and Vychelsav Zaharchenko.
Board of trustees:
The founders and trustees of the Institute are men who have served many years in various roles in education and ministry in the U.S.A. and in Russia. They are involved in and committed to Christian education and to the training of Christian ministers and leaders. Their collective experience in church leadership and education is almost one hundred fifty years or an average of thirty seven years.
David Worley, Ph.D
Dr. Worley received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He currently serves as an elder of the Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin, Texas. Since 1991, Dr. Worley has done commercial and religious broadcasting in Russia and has been the primary organizer of Russian Bible School, a Bible correspondence ministry in St. Petersburg, which responds to radio listeners across Russia. He was previously president and now is chancellor of the Austin Graduate School of Theology. Dr. Worley serves as Chairman of the Institute.
Charles received his MBA from New York University and his undergraduate degree in management from Georgia Institute of Technology. He retired from a career in senior management of a Fortune 500 retail organization. Charles previously served as chairman of World Christian Broadcasting and chairman of Keston College, USA. Before going as a missionary in 1992 to St. Petersburg, Russia where he lived and served until 2006, Charles served as an elder in the Natick Church of Christ, Natick, Massachusetts.
Thomas Olbricht, Ph.D
Dr. Olbricht received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He is retired Chairman of the Religion Division, Pepperdine University and is professor emeritus. Previously Tom served as a professor, chairman of Graduate Studies in Bible and Dean of Liberal Arts at Abilene Christian University. Dr. Olbricht has taught extensively in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Ukraine and around the world. Tom was the first professor of ITCM in January, 2005. He was an elder in the Minter Lane Church of Christ, Abilene, Texas.
Robert H. Jones
Robert H. Jones, MD graduated from Harding University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and currently is an elder with a focus on foreign missions for the Cole Mill road church of Christ. Dr. Jones is distinguished professor of surgery at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Over the past 30 years Robert has traveled internationally extensively. Thanks to his friendships with medical colleagues and worship experiences with churches of Christ in many countries Robert has a global perspective on international evangelism efforts of the churches of Christ esp. in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Lynn is professor emeritus of engineering at Oklahoma Christian University where he participated in founding the engineering department and headed the Electrical Engineering Dept. . Lynn served on the original board of directors of Let's Start Talking and was Regional Representative for teams in Russia in the 1990’s. In 1994 Lynn served with LST in St. Petersburg. Lynn has taught seminars and the gospel in many countries. Lynn is also an avid supporter of missions in Central and South America.
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