Monday, October 22, 2012 12:41 PM
On October 19, 2012, Rev. Dr. Eduard Khegay, a Doctor of Ministry graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, was elected bishop of the Eurasia Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church. Khegay will begin his new assignment in early 2013.
The Eurasia Episcopal Area is the largest Central Conference in The United Methodist Church covering 14 countries and 12 time zones. The Conference includes Eastern Europe and Russia, in addition to Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and several other former Soviet republics. Khegay is the first United Methodist bishop from the former Soviet Union.
During the quadrennial meeting of the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference of The United Methodist Church, Khegay was chosen as bishop on the first ballot, receiving 43 of the 62 votes cast.
In 1993, Khegay began study at the Moscow United Methodist Theological Seminary. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2010.
Khegay was a pastor in St. Petersburg from 2003 to 2005 and in 2006, assisted in the development of Mesto Vstrechi, the Russian version of the daily devotional guide, The Upper Room. The new bishop has been the pastor of the Raduga United Methodist Church in Moscow and assistant to retiring bishop Hans Växby since 2005. Preceding his election as bishop, Khegay was director of international relations for the Center for Church Leadership in Central Asia.
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