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Deyneka, Anita.


Biographical Statement

Anita Marson Deyneka, the daughter of Frank and Ada Marson, was born July 7, 1943 in Seattle, Washington and grew up in an isolated rural community in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. In 1966 she received a bachelor of arts degree (summa cum laude) from Seattle Pacific University and a masters degree from Mundelein College in 1982.

After high school Deyneka spent summers as a typist for the U.S. Foreign Service. Her career in missions began in radio and television in Taipei, Taiwan in 1966. After teaching English in Washington state for two years she began her long relationship with Slavic Gospel Association, and later Peter Deyneka Russian Ministries (founded in 1991), in 1968.

Together with her, now deceased husband Peter, she has written seven books, numerous articles in magazines, newspapers and other periodicals relating to missions, including Tanya and the Underground (1973), Alexi’s Secret Mission (1975), Christians in the Shadow of the Kremlin (1974) and A Song in Siberia (1977).

Anita Deyneka has spoken in many churches and at other events such as Inter Varsity Urbana, and has been interviewed on Christian radio and television programs such as Focus on the Family, Chapel of the Air, and BBC Book Review. During the Soviet years she taught occasional courses in the area of missions in the USSR at Wheaton Graduate School, Fuller Seminary, and Biola.

Author: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections staff

Found in 6 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 Papers comprise eleven series: Biography, Published Material, Unpublished Material, Correspondence/Faxes, Conference, Media, Speeches/Lectures, Ministries, Secondary, WRF, and Memorabilia.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 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 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

MSS | Deyneka Letterhead

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2010-1028

Peter and Anita Deyneka Papers

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

Additional filters:

Collection 4
Unprocessed Material 2
Missions -- Soviet Union. 4
Evangelistic work -- Russia. 3
Soviet Union -- History, 1985-1991 3
Christian education -- Russia. 2
Christian literature -- Publication and distribution -- Russia. 2
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Christian literature -- Publication and distribution. 2
Christians -- Soviet Union. 2
Church and state -- Soviet Union. 2
Fund raising. 2
Missions -- Europe, Eastern. 2
Missions -- Russia. 2
Missions -- Ukraine 2
Motion pictures in church work -- Russia. 2
Persecution -- Soviet Union. 2
Russia 2
Administrative Records. 1
Alaska. 1
Aleuts. 1
Antisemitism 1
Apostles' Creed. 1
Articles. 1
Audiotapes 1
Baptism. 1
Belief and doubt. 1
Bible -- Publication and distribution -- Soviet Union. 1
Bible -- Publication and distribution. 1
Bible stories, Russian 1
Bible. 1
Billy Graham Moscow visit (1982: Moscow, Russia) 1
Bulgaria. 1
Businessmen -- Religious life -- United States. 1
Catholic Church -- Protestant churches. 1
Catholic Church. 1
Charismatic movement. 1
Chicago (Ill.) 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 literature -- Publication and distribution -- Soviet Union. 1
Christian literature. 1
Church and state -- Biblical teaching. 1
Church and state -- Europe, Eastern. 1
Church and state -- Russia 1
Church development, New -- Russia. 1
Church work with children. 1
Church work with refugees. 1
Church work with students -- Russia 1
Communism -- Soviet Union. 1
Communism. 1
Conversion -- Personal narratives. 1
Conversion. 1
Correspondence 1
Czechoslovakia. 1
Deyneka, Anita -- Correspondence. 1
Deyneka, Peter, 1931- -- Manuscripts. 1
Deyneka, Peter, 1931- -- Sermons. 1
Eskimos. 1
Evangelicalism -- Russia. 1
Evangelistic work -- Argentina. 1
Evangelistic work -- Australia. 1
Evangelistic work -- Brazil. 1
Evangelistic work -- Canada. 1
Evangelistic work -- Canary Islands. 1
Evangelistic work -- Europe, Eastern. 1
Evangelistic work -- Germany. 1
Evangelistic work -- Poland. 1
Evangelistic work -- South America. 1
Evangelistic work -- Soviet Union. 1
Evangelistic work -- United States. 1
Evangelistic work -- Yugoslavia. 1
Evangelistic work. 1
Filmstrips 1
Financial Records 1
Freedom of religion. 1
Fundamentalism. 1
Holy Spirit. 1
Hour of Decision (Radio program) 1
House churches. 1
International relief. 1
Interpersonal conflict. 1
Interviews 1
Jesus (Motion Picture) 1
Latvians. 1
Lecture notes 1
Management -- Religious aspects -- Christianity 1
Memorabilia 1
Mennonites 1
Mennonites -- Missions. 1
Methodists. 1
Microfiche 1
Missionaries -- Training of. 1
Missionaries. 1
Missions -- Administration. 1
Missions -- Albania 1
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