Who we are

Grow & Go

It's all about RELATIONSHIP

The history of "Living Stream" church began with a group of Slavic Christians, praying for God to send them a pastor. In 2000 the Lord brought Bondarenko family to Jacksonville, and Vitaliy Ivanovich Bondarenko became the first pastor.

For 17 years of his ministry he faithfully ministered and laid a solid foundation in the spiritual development of the church.

Pastor Vitaliy loved people, and had a heart for serving young people; he devoted much of his attention to them - he married, baptized, and ordained many of them. Most importantly, he used every opportunity available to preach about the Lord.

Pastor Vitaly’s ministry went beyond our church. He taught in various Bible schools, was invited as a speaker to many conferences, greatly supported missions, and never stopped evangelizing.

In 2017, our beloved Pastor Vitaliy left to be with the Lord and his son, Bogdan Bondarenko, became the senior pastor. Today, our church continues to grow and develop in different directions, despite all the difficulties we have faced.

Living Stream Church's vision can be stated in two words: GROW and GO, which means we are striving to achieve spiritual maturity and go into this world to save the lost.

God has not yet told us “enough”; therefore, our story continues. The desire and purpose of our church is to be the light and salt of this world, not just to be in “Living Stream” church, but to be the living stream.


История церкви “Живой Поток" началась с небольшой группы славянских христиан, которые длительное время молились о пасторе. В 2000 году Господь привел семью Бондаренко в город Джексонвилл, где первым пастором церкви стал Бондаренко Виталий Иванович.

На протяжении 17 лет он верно трудился и положил прочное основание в духовном развитии церкви.

Он любил людей, а особенно молодежь и уделял им много своего времени и внимания — многих поженил, многих крестил, рукоположил, но главное, всегда использовал любую возможность проповедовать им о Господе. Его служение также распространялось и за пределы церкви.

Он преподавал в разных библейских школах, был спикером на конференциях, поддерживал многие миссии и никогда не переставал евангелизировать.

В 2017 году, после ухода пастора Виталия в вечность, старшим пастором стал его сын, Богдан Бондаренко. На сегодняшний день, несмотря ни на какие трудности, церковь продолжает расти и развиваться в разных направлениях.

Видение церкви «Живой Поток» сфокусировано в двух направлениях: GROW and GO, то есть РАСТИ и ИДТИ, что значит стремиться к достижению духовной зрелости и идти спасать погибающих в этом мире.

Бог еще не сказал нам «достаточно», поэтому наша история продолжается. Желание и цель нашей церкви быть светом и солью для этого мира, не просто называться церковью «Живой Поток», но быть этим живым потоком.

WE BELIEVE
Know God, Find Freedom, Discover your Purpose, and Make a Difference
Holy Scriptures: We believe that the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, are fully inspired by God, and is infallible and without error in its original manuscripts. The Bible is the absolute and supreme source and authority in matters of faith and life.
2 Tim. 3:16-171 Thes. 2:132 Pet. 1:21Rom.16:25-26
God: We believe in one eternal, almighty, and perfect God — one divine essence, eternally abiding in three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is the Creator of all things that are visible and invisible.
Gen. 1:1Deut. 6:4Is. 43:10-11Mat. 28:191 John 5:7-8
Jesus Christ: We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in Him being fully God and fully man, in His miracles, in His atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, and in His second coming to the earth in power and glory.
John 1:141 Tim. 3:161 Tim. 2:5Is. 9:6Phil. 2:5-6
Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is God, who dwells in us producing fruit in all believers who are born again, and empowers them for service and witness to the world. Through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, believers can speak in tongues. We believe that the gifts of the Spirit are active and necessary for the present time.
2 Cor. 3:17Gal. 5:22-23Rom. 8:91 Cor. 12:4-101 Cor. 12:28Acts 19:6Joel 2:28-29
Salvation: We believe that the fall and sinfulness of man, resulted in separation from God. Man's only hope for redemption of sins is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. We are saved by grace, through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our human efforts.
Matt. 26:26-291 Cor. 10:161 Cor. 11:23-25
Water Baptism: We believe that all who have repented and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, are to be baptized, at a mature age, by means of full immersion into water, according to the commandment of Jesus Christ. Through water baptism believers proclaim to the world their death to sin and resurrection with Christ to new life.
Matt. 28:19Acts 2:38Mark 16:161 Pet. 3:21Col. 2:12
The Lord’s Supper: We believe that The Lord’s Supper, consisting of bread and the fruit of the vine, is a commemoration of the death of the Lord and is to be done in remembrance of Him until He comes again. The bread and the fruit of the vine are symbols that represent the body and the blood of Christ. This institution is intended for baptized believers.
Matt. 26:26-291 Cor. 10:161 Cor. 11:23-25
Marriage: We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a lifelong covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman. It is publicly entered into before God and officiated by an ordained pastor.
Matt. 19:4-61 Cor. 6:9-10
Sanctification: We believe that sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to mature and develop Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.
1 Thess. 4:3, 5:232 Cor. 3:18, 6:17Rom. 12:1-2Rev. 2:112 Tim. 3:16
Church: We believe that The Church of Jesus Christ is the universal, spiritual body of believers from every tribe, tongue, and race. It is empowered to fulfill the Great Commission, which is to spread the Gospel and to manifest the Kingdom of God. Every Christian must belong to a local church for fellowship, service, accountability and spiritual growth.
Matt. 16:18Eph. 1:22Eph. 2:19-22Eph. 3:10Rom. 12:4-5Jam. 5:14-16Matt. 16:19Heb. 10:25
Prophetic Future: We believe in the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints, the millennial reign, and the final judgment. The final judgment will determine the eternal status, either heaven or hell, for all people.
2 Pet. 3:13Mark 14:62Matt. 26:64Rev. 20:12-14Rev. 20:1-6

Membership

Bogdan Bondarenko
Bogdan Bondarenko
  • Senior Pastor
Pavel Stefoglo
Pavel Stefoglo
  • Executive Pastor
Dmitriy Kovalenko
Dmitriy Kovalenko
  • Associate Pastor
Joey Shulga
Joey Shulga
  • LSY Pastor
  • Ministry Coordinator
Boris Shulga
Boris Shulga
  • Vision Church Pastor
Anatoliy Gyrych
Anatoliy Gyrych
  • Deacons
Andrey Bazan
Andrey Bazan
  • Deacons
Eduard Mokan
Eduard Mokan
  • Deacons
Eli Zhushma
Eli Zhushma
  • Deacons
Vitaliy Sushinskiy
Vitaliy Sushinskiy
  • Deacons
Vasiliy Pivovarevich
Vasiliy Pivovarevich
  • Deacons
Valentin Morozov
Valentin Morozov
  • Deacons
Slavic Brychka
Slavic Brychka
  • Deacons
Nikolay Degtyarev
Nikolay Degtyarev
  • Deacons
Yelena Sushinskiy
Yelena Sushinskiy
  • Administrator
  • Ministry Coordinator
Renata Kulakevich
Renata Kulakevich
  • Administrative Assistant
Tatyana Shevtsov
Tatyana Shevtsov
  • Accountant
Veronika Pivovarevich
Veronika Pivovarevich
  • Kids Ministry Director
Mark Vitriachenko
Mark Vitriachenko
  • Media Director
Diana Shulyak
Diana Shulyak
  • Project Manager
Pavel Lazukin
Pavel Lazukin
  • Sound Assistant
Anastasia Shevtsov
Anastasia Shevtsov
  • Media Assistant
Lina Gorlova
Lina Gorlova
  • Teens Assistant
Anita Kozyarsky
Anita Kozyarsky
  • Event Coordinator