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Deyneka, Peter, 1931-2000.



  • Existence: 1931 - 2000

Biographical Statement

Peter Simon Deyneka, Jr. was born in Chicago on September 13, 1931, the second child of Peter and Vera (Demidovich) Deyneka, both Russian immigrants. His father founded the Russian Gospel Association, which later became the Slavic Gospel Association. Growing up Peter lived in the Russian-speaking immigrant community in Chicago and attended Carl Schurz High School where he was active in the band playing the trombone and the Crusaders Club, a Christian fellowship group. After graduating in 1949 he enrolled as a student at Wheaton College. He received his BA in 1953 and later received a master's of divinity ('57) and honorary doctorate ('96) from Northern Baptist Seminary.

During his time as a seminary student Deyneka spent a year in Alaska working with the Slavic Gospel Association a SGA as a village pastor and evangelist among the Aleut peoples. After graduation he returned to Alaska as a missionary. In 1961 he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina as director of SGA's Russian Bible Institute, teaching for two years. He then moved to Quito, Ecuador working on Russian language broadcasts for HCJB. Continuing his radio work, Peter spent 1963-65 at HLKX in Inchon, South Korea.

In 1966 and back in the United States Deyneka became an assistant director of the Slavic Gospel Association. In 1975 he became general director, a position he held until 1991. Due to disagreements with the board over how best minister in Russia after the fall of Communism, together he and his wife, Anita Marson whom he married on June 14, 1968, created a new organization called Peter Deyneka USSR Ministries (later changed to Peter Deyneka Russian Ministries). He also launched a comprehensive ministry plan to train nationals to minister to every community of the former Soviet Union. The staff of Russian Ministries grew to over 300 staff in the former Soviet Union and 16 in the United States.

Deyneka has served a guest lecturer at Fuller Seminary and the Wheaton College Graduate School. He also served on the board of directors of the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA). . He was on the Executive Committee of The CoMission from 1992 to 1997 and in January 1997 was elected chairman of the CoMission II Partnership Council. Peter and Anita Deyneka responded to the great need to minister to orphans and underprivileged children of the former Soviet Union by helping to found two cooperative organizations for ministry to children—To Russian Children With Love (based in Moscow) and The CoMission for Children at Risk (based in Atlanta, Georgia).

Peter Deyneka also co-wrote with Norman Rohrer a biography of his father called Peter Dynamite (1975) and with his wife Anita Christians in the Shadow of the Kremlin (1974) and A Song in Siberia (1977).

Peter Deyneka, Jr. died on December 23, 2000 after a six-month battle with lymphoma. He was 69.

Author: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections staff

Found in 17 Collections and/or Records:

Anita and Peter Deyneka, Jr. Papers

 Collection — Container: Books
Identifier: SC-048
Scope and Contents The Anita and Peter Deyneka, Jr. Papers comprise eleven series: Biography, Published Material, Unpublished Material, Correspondence/Faxes, Conference, Media, Speeches/Lectures, Ministries, Secondary, WRF, and Memorabilia. The bulk of the collection is found in the latter portions of the series with Ministries, Secondary and WRF occupying three-quarters of the collection. These series document the activities of the Deyneka's various internal and external activities. Ministries includes...
Dates: Created: 1951-2017; Other: Majority of material found in 1984-2000; Other: Date acquired: 1992

Collection 038 Ephemera of Paul Rader

Identifier: CN 038
Scope and Contents Newsletters, sermon manuscripts, scrapbooks, programs, pamphlets, photographs, negatives, brochures, a taped sermon, slides, thesis materials, and more, documenting Paul Rader's life and ministry. The material deals mainly with his radio work and the organizations he founded, including the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle. Additional material includes items about Rader gathered for a planned biography, sermons of other preachers who spoke at the Tabernacle, newsletters and magazines published by...
Dates: Created: 1899-1996

Collection 237 Records of the Slavic Gospel Association

Identifier: CN 237
Description: Correspondence, minutes, prayer letters, audio tapes, films, and other materials documenting the work of the Slavic Gospel Association among Slavic peoples, primarily Russians. Records deal with the early career of Peter Deyneka Sr.; work of individual missionaries; long range planning for the mission; media ministry (radio, film, both before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union video, literature); and evangelism in Europe, North America and South America. Collection contains...
Dates: Created: 1922-2002

Collection 381 Oral History Interview with Peter Deyneka, Jr.

Identifier: CN 381
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Peter Simon Deyneka, Jr. (1931-2000) in which he describes his father, Peter Deyneka Sr; his own education at Wheaton College; and his early Christian work in Alaska, South America and Korea. Other topics discussed include: Deyneka's childhood in Chicago as the child of Russian immigrants, spiritual life on Wheaton College campus, decision to go into full-time ministry with the Slavic Gospel Association, working among the Aleut people in Alaska, refugee camps in...
Dates: Created: 1987

Collection 602 Oral History Interview with Esther L. Filkin

Identifier: CN 602
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Esther L. (Wyzenbeek) Filkin (1911-2007) in which she describes childhood memories of Paul Rader and the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle, especially its efforts in evangelism, its music program and radio ministry; and memories of her father, Andrew Wyzenbeek. Other figures discussed include Clarence Jones, Torrey Johnson, Peter Deyneka, and Ralph and Luke Rader. The time period covered by the interview is 1911 to 1984.Esther L. Filkin was interviewed by Bob...
Dates: Created: 2004

Collection 660 Records of the CoMission and CoMission II

Identifier: CN 660
Scope and Contents Correspondence, memos, minutes, reports, transcripts, schedules, manuals, policy statements, magazine and newspaper clippings, curricula, audio recordings, videos, photographs, slides and other materials documenting the work of the Commission. This was an alliance of over eighty American Protestant ministries, churches and business (almost all Evangelical) that, in agreement with the Russia government, entered the country on a five year contract to train Russian educators to teach Christian...
Dates: 1989-1998; Majority of material found in 1992-1995

Donn G. Ziebell Papers

Identifier: CN-637
Brief Description Oral history interviews, correspondence, reports, e-mails, memos, budgets, strategic plans, audio and video recordings, and photographs relating to activities of Ziebell, a retired American businessman, as a senior executive at Slavic Gospel Association and other ministries. The material in the collection documents the work of SGA in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and other countries; the reorganization of SGA in the late 1980s and early 1990s; Christianity in Russia during the same time...
Dates: 1981-2008

EuroVision records.

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 16
Identifier: 1997-067
Dates: 1925-1992

Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA) records.

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 5
Identifier: 1994-031
Dates: 1960-1991

Leighton Sandys Ford oral history interviews

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2023-012
Dates: 2023

Miscellaneous audio recordings of Evangelical radio programs, worship services and speeches

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2023-038
Dates: 1963-1973, undated

MSS | Deyneka {2019-0036}

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 1
Identifier: 2019-0036
Dates: Majority of material found within 1930 - 2019

MSS | Deyneka Letterhead

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2010-1028

Peter and Anita Deyneka Papers

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2023-0008
Dates: ca. 1980-2020

Phil Shappard Ephemera

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 1
Identifier: 2023-031
Dates: 1963-1990

Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) records.

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 25
Identifier: 1993-109
Dates: 1929-1993

Torrey Maynard Johnson, Sr., Papers.

Identifier: CN 285
Scope and Contents Correspondence, oral history interviews, scrapbooks, sermons, minutes, reports, photos, posters, newspaper and magazine clippings, brochures, audio recordings, video recordings reflecting Johnson’s life as an influential American Protestant from the 1930s through the 1990s. Besides documenting Johnson’s pastorates of Midwest Bible Church (Illinois) and Bibletown Community Church (Florida), his leadership of Youth for Christ International, and his activities as an independent evangelist, the...
Dates: Created: 1919 -2001

Additional filters:

Unprocessed Material 9
Collection 8
Missions -- Russia. 6
Radio in religion. 6
Evangelistic work. 5
Missions -- Soviet Union. 5
Evangelistic work -- United States. 4
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Missions -- Europe, Eastern. 4
Chicago (Ill.) 3
Conversion. 3
Evangelistic work -- Russia. 3
Fundamentalism. 3
Prayer. 3
Radio audiences. 3
Radio broadcasting. 3
Radio in religion -- United States. 3
Soviet Union -- History, 1985-1991 3
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Alumni. 3
Aleuts. 2
Belief and doubt. 2
Bible -- Publication and distribution. 2
Bible. 2
Christian education -- Russia. 2
Christian literature -- Publication and distribution -- Russia. 2
Christian literature -- Publication and distribution. 2
Christians -- Soviet Union. 2
Church and state -- Soviet Union. 2
Church work with youth -- United States. 2
Church work with youth. 2
Evangelistic invitations. 2
Evangelistic sermons. 2
Evangelistic work -- Canada. 2
Evangelistic work -- South America. 2
Fund raising. 2
Independent churches -- United States. 2
Independent churches. 2
Mass media in religion -- United States. 2
Mass media in religion. 2
Missionaries -- Training of. 2
Missionaries. 2
Missions -- Czechoslovakia. 2
Missions -- North America. 2
Missions -- Poland. 2
Missions -- South America. 2
Missions -- Ukraine 2
Missions. 2
Motion pictures in church work -- Russia. 2
Persecution -- Soviet Union. 2
Prayer groups -- United States. 2
Prayer groups. 2
Preaching. 2
Russia 2
Salvation. 2
Sermons, American. 2
Songs in the Night (Radio program) 2
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Religious life and customs. 2
Worship (Christian) 2
Administrative Records. 1
Alaska. 1
Antisemitism 1
Apostles' Creed. 1
Articles. 1
Audiotapes 1
Baptism. 1
Belief and doubt -- Sermons. 1
Berlin (Germany) 1
Bible -- Prophecies. 1
Bible -- Publication and distribution -- Soviet Union. 1
Bible stories, Russian 1
Billy Graham Moscow visit (1982: Moscow, Russia) 1
Boca Raton (Fla.) 1
Bulgaria. 1
Businessmen -- Religious life -- United States. 1
Catholic Church -- Protestant churches. 1
Catholic Church. 1
Chapel Hour (Radio program) 1
Chaplains, Military 1
Chaplains, Military -- United States. 1
Charismatic movement. 1
Chicago (Ill.) -- Religion. 1
Children -- Conversion to Christianity. 1
Children. 1
Christian education -- Albania. 1
Christian education -- Bulgaria. 1
Christian education -- Estonia. 1
Christian education -- Latvia. 1
Christian education -- Mozambique. 1
Christian education -- Ukraine. 1
Christian leadership -- United States. 1
Christian leadership. 1
Christian life. 1
Christian literature -- Publication and distribution -- Soviet Union. 1
Christian literature. 1
Church and social problems -- United States. 1
Church and social problems. 1
Church and state -- Biblical teaching. 1
Church and state -- Europe, Eastern. 1
Church and state -- Korea. 1
Church and state -- Russia 1
Church and state. 1
Church development, New -- Russia. 1
Church fund raising. 1
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