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Deyneka, Anita



  • Existence: 1942-

Biographical Statement

Anita Marson Deyneka, the daughter of Frank and Ada Marson, was born July 7, 1942 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 1 Collection or Record:

Anita and Peter Deyneka, Jr. Papers

 Collection — translation missing: en.enumerations.container_type.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 Papers comprise eleven series: Biography, Published Material, Unpublished Material, Correspondence/Faxes, Conference, Media, Speeches/Lectures, Ministries, Secondary, WRF, and Memorabilia.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 records...
Dates: Created: 1951-2017; Other: Majority of material found in 1984-2000; Other: Date acquired: 1992