Leonid was born and grew up in Ukraine. He came to the United States in 1989 as a religious refugee. After graduating from University of Washing, Leonid has been doing mission work in Russia and Eastern Europe since 1997. Currently, he is the pastor of River of Life - Dallas Church in Texas.
In 2013, he came as a guest speaker to Discover Camp and has been helping build relationships and our ministry ever since. In 2016, Leonid committed to joining the Board of Directors to continue to help spread the love of Christ to youth in Latvia and beyond.
In 2020, Leonid felt called to contribute even more to the ministry and vision of HIM. Hope International Ministries are excited to have Leonid help out as our new Eastern European Missions Director.