TONIA & ALEXEY PANKOV
Ministry Location: Russia
Ministry Focus: Alexey and Tonia are the lead pastors of a church plant in the city of Gorno-Altaisk. Alongside their main focus, Tonia teaches English privately to both children and adults, and Alexey provides counseling and consulting to people in the community as a practical psychologist (since January 2017). Tonia is originally from Saskatchewan. She met Alexey in Moscow after moving to in Siberia in 2002. Alexey and Tonia are also affiliated with the Russian Assemblies of God, a long-time partner of the PAOC.
Ministry History: Alexey and Tonia had been living and working in Moscow when they heard the call to start ministry in Altai, south-central Russia and a mountainous region of Siberia. They had been praying about adopting, and after doing volunteer work at the local orphanage for a couple years, God made it clear what they were to do. Now, they are a family of five, with each of their children joining them as pre-teens. Dmitry is the oldest, and joined the family in 2012. Alyona and Losha are biological siblings and joined them in 2015.