David and Katya Snead
Calvary Chapel missionaries in Lviv, Ukraine
Sent out of Horizon Christian Fellowship in Indianapolis, a CCA-affiliated church
Seminary-trained missionaries with a focus to train new and existing leaders
Targeting to rebuild Calvary Chapel in Ukraine as a movement
Working in Ukraine against dependency and fostering local church growth
We train local leaders and pastors throughout Ukraine and create resources for them, so that they can better serve and shepherd their churches and reach their communities for Christ.
Why is this so important?
Our guiding passage for this vision is from 2 Timothy 2, verses one and two:
“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”2 Timothy 2:1-2
The Apostle Paul knew that he could not be with Timothy or the churches that he had planted forever, which is why he encouraged Timothy to raise up leaders that would raise up other leaders. One of the issues with missions in the church was made clear through the full-scale Russian invasion in February, 2022 – missionaries, like Paul, are temporary. Many missionaries were forced to evacuate even before the first bombs fell. Our goal, then, as missionaries is not to “do the work of the ministry” instead of Ukrainians, but to equip them for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16), so that the local church would be mature and able to stand on its own.
Who are we?
David has been serving as a preacher, teacher, and worship leader on the mission field in Ukraine since 2010. He helped to plant a Calvary Chapel in Lviv, Ukraine from 2010-2015 and then moved on to work with the indigenous church in Ukraine from 2016-2022.
David is a graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College in Indianapolis and has his bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from the Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary in Lviv, Ukraine. He is continuing his studies at that seminary to get his master’s degree in local church development and growth. He has also authored or co-authored several books:
- Public Speaking in a Second Language, which is especially relevant for missionaries
- Lviv Has Two Christmases, an Advent calendar for friends of Ukraine
- All About Ocean Creatures, a children’s math book
- The Formation of a Culture of Worship in the Church, a manual for worship leaders and pastors, co-authored with Ukrainian leaders and pastors for Live Sound Movement (unavailable in English)
Katya is a native Ukrainian that has served in both women’s ministry, youth ministry, and leading discipleship groups. She has served in both Ukrainian- and American-led churches within Ukraine since 2009.
Katya is a graduate from Coram Deo, a biblical counseling college in Ukraine, and has her bachelor’s degree in mentorship and effective ministry to women and girls from the Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary. She also has her master’s degree in Polish language and literature from Ivan Franko University in Lviv. Katya has translated or edited several books and study materials in Ukrainian from either English or Russian, including:
- Thomas: Hero of the Faith, translated for Et Libros, a Christian book-publishing ministry in Ukraine
- The Expositor’s Collective’s workbook on expositional preaching (edited with Irena Stokolos and David Snead, translated by Sofia Perdomo)
- Textbooks for Coram Deo, an international biblical counseling institute
- Multiple class materials over several semesters for Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary
David and Katya met in Lviv in 2010 and started working together in youth projects at her local church. After their friendship blossomed, they got married in 2013 and have been passionately serving the Ukrainian church together ever since.
Indigenous Calvary Chapel pastor and regional overseer for CCUA (Calvary Chapel Ukraine). Eugene is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Ternopil, Ukraine and a longtime friend of David Snead.
Senior pastor of Horizon Indianapolis, Jordan received this position in 2022 from Bill Goodrich, pastor emeritus of Horizon and part of the CCA board. Horizon has been sending missionaries to Ukraine since 1992.
Missions pastor at Horizon Indianapolis, Levi took this position after 17 years as a Calvary Chapel missionary in Ukraine. He is married to a Ukrainian and has taught expository preaching to indigenous pastors.