Helping people integrate the reality of Christ into the reality of their everyday life.
Realis Christian Center
The Research Education and Light Center, known as REALIS, is an interdisciplinary center that trains Christian leaders and specialists and develops projects for strengthening the Christian witness to contemporary society.
REALIS came into being as a tool for building a communication bridge between the church and society and an answer to the request of several Evangelical national leaders from Ukraine and Russia to build a seminary for Christian leadership training.
Mission & Vision
Mission: to help people integrate the reality of Christ into the reality of their everyday life.
Vision: to create competent leaders, who having completed our programs, are ready to effectively answer relevant questions of society.
A number of apologetic seminars were held in Ukraine and Russia. This initiated the idea for a ministry like REALIS.
Sergiy Tymchenko met with Martin Hirshmuller, the President of "Light in the East" mission. This meeting led to the Kiev Christian Research and Educational Center becoming a part of "Light in the East." The function of the center was to be an umbrella for three projects: an Apologetic Center, a Counseling Center, and a Communication Center. The Sociological Department and informational center (a specialized library) were added later.
The German Board of Directors for "Light in the East" decided that the ministry of the Kyiv Christian Research and Educational Center was outside the scope of the ministry of "Light in the East". The result was a partnership with "them. The transition from a division of the mission to a partner of the mission took several years.
The Kiev Christian Research and Educational Center became a temporary extension of the Alliance Theological Seminary. The initial offering was a program for the "Leadership Education." This project continued three more years.
The Kiev Christian Research and Educational Center acquired its current name REALIS (Research, Education and Light Information Service).
REALIS initiated and was responsible for the organization of a Ukrainian-British conference on bioethics. The nature of this conference was not strictly religious, but REALIS wanted to affect the program and the agenda of the conference. Completion of this goal required registration of REALIS as a charitable foundation whose goal was to spread culture and spirituality in Ukraine. Meanwhile, REALIS continued to function as a department of the "Light in the East."
In June, REALIS' extension program with Alliance received official accreditation from ATS (Association of Theological School in the United States and Canada ) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for 10 years. Students, completing this program, received a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies. By 2011 there were 102 graduates - Christian leaders who now serve in various places of the former Soviet Union as well as in many other
countries of the world.
30 students graduated from the Masters Level Program (2002-2006) in Clinical Counseling. The program was organized by REALIS with the help of the Reform Theological Seminary (Orlando, Florida).
REALIS works with Azusa Pacific University (USA) providing education (MA in Global Leadership) for dozens of Christian leaders from Eurasia together with students from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South Americas.
2015 – Present
REALIS, in partnership with the Kyiv National Pedagogical University (NPU), has developed a Masters degree program – “Sociopolitical Ethics and Theology” and “Christian
Counseling and Chaplain Ministry in Crisis Situations”. Among the lecturers are professors from Oxford University, Princeton University, Yale University, Pepperdine University, Denver Seminary, Pittsburgh Seminary, and Alliance Theological Seminary.
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Help us grow leaders
Together we can prepare more Christian leaders and counselors who will become agents of hope, healing and change in families, communities and Ukrainian society in general.