Leonid Regheta has been representing the Department of World Mission of the Evangelical Covenant Church since becoming a a short-term missionary to Magadan, Russia in 1997. In 2005, Leonid and his wife Leanna were commissioned as Project Missionaries to work with local-church initiatives in Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova. Leonid and Leanna are from Ukraine and Russia correspondingly.
Leonid grew up in the Ukrainian underground church, with both grandfathers pastoring during the communist era of persecutions and underground existence. Several of Leonidís uncles currently pastor in the Ukraine, Russia and US. After immigrating to the US in 1989 as religious refugees, Leonidís family settled in the Seattle area. There he met Rev. Keith Tungseth with whom Leonid shared his experiences of the Ukrainian persecuted church. Interbay Covenant Church invited the Ukrainian congregation to share their facilities, and Rev. Tungseth became Leonidís close friend and mentor.
After completing his business degree, Leonid felt called to serve God as a short-term missionary. Byron Amundsen, then Asia Director for Covenant World Mission, invited Leonid to consider going to Magadan, Russia. After receiving Godís confirmation, Leonid arrived in Magadan to host those who came to teach at St. James Bible College. He also acted as financial supervisor for the College. In a culture where Christians of different churches are mistrustful of one another, Leonid began bringing young people from different churches and denominations together for worship, encouragement and various outreach ministries. He also spent few summers in the Ural Mountains region of Russia, organizing childrenís summer camps.
After two years in Magadan, Leonid returned to the US to study at North Park Theological Seminary. He has felt Godís call to the ministry of evangelism and world mission. During his first year of studies, he was chosen as one of six seminary students in North America to be a recipient of the Sandy Ford Graduate Fellowship. Through the program, he has worked with and been mentored by Dr. Leighton Ford and Dr. Lon Allison, Director of the Billy Graham Center of Wheaton College. In 2006 Leonid has been nominated as one of North American most influential young Christian leaders to be part of Lausanne World Committee for World Evangelization events in Malaysia, Hungry, Poland and South Africa.
Leonid received his BS from the U of WA (1997, Business Administration, Seattle WA) and has studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1996, Jerusalem, Israel) and Russian Christian Humanities Academy (2001-2002, St. Petersburg, Russia). Leonid graduated from North Park Theological Seminary in May of 2005 with the Master of Divinity degree.