Pastor Ivan Khrystov was born on 17 September in 1963 in Orehovka, Ukraine, in the family of Christians. He is a believer in the third generations through his father.

His father, Khrystov Nikolai Mikhailovich, was a pastor assistant in Baptist Church and also a preacher. Mother Maria was the assistant to her husband and was engaged in educating the children.

In the years of socialism, Christians who lived in the territory of the former Soviet Union, had been subjected to acts of harassment and persecution. Father Nikolai Mikhailovich had many occasions from the government and have been fined because he was faithful and served God.

But through all the difficulties, Nikolai Mikhailovich was a great example for his family -continuing to be regarded merely as the prayers and Bible study in the family and also in the church.

Pastor Ivan Khrystov got married 1984 to his beautiful wife Kylyna and had five wonderful sons: and now seven beautiful grandchildren. In 1995, the church consecrated him as a pastor assistant in the “Word of Life” church in the city of Izmail, Ukraine.

But God prepared for him a bigger ministry. The Bishop advised him to open a new church in the village of Kalanchak. This village has never had a church. People in this village never heard about God. He started his service directly on the street. The Church began with two sisters and the family of pastor. throughout those years approximately fifty more people got baptized.

In 2005, Pastor Ivan Nikolaevich immigrated with his family to the United States. In 2007 he became a pastor in the “Way of The Lord Slavic Church” in Sacramento, California. Where he now serves with his family.


Pastor Valeriy Hristov was born in a Christian family of Pastor Ivan Nikolaevich and Kylyna Khrystov. He is a believer in the fourth generation. Since childhood, he loved God and wanted to serve Him always. Music and singing have always occupied an important place in the life and heart of Valeriy. From an early age he began studying music school where he took part in various activities and competitions. As a teenager he started playing in the worship band and praising His Holy Name.

Faith in God, nothing could stop him telling his friends about Jesus, and bringing them into the church. At the age of 16 years, has dedicated his life to God and became a member of the Christian Church “The Way of the Lord” in the village of Kalanchak, Ukraine.

In 2005, he immigrated with his family in the USA. In 2010 he was ordained as a Deacon and in 2019 as a Pastor in the Church of “The Way of the Lord” in the city of Sacramento. Pastor Valeriy and his wife Lyudmila have four beautiful children.


Ivan Krystov Jr. was on October 16th, 1990 into a Christian family of Pastor Ivan Nikolaevich and Kylyna Khrystov. He is a believer in the fourth generation. Since young age Ivan was hungry for the word of God and always told everyone about God. He got baptized in 2004 at the age of 13. He is a musician and worshipper and plays multiple instruments on the worship team. Ivan believes he is called to preach and reach the younger generation. He is the leader of Crave Generation movement in Sacramento. Pastor Ivan was ordained to be a youth pastor in April, 2019 at “Way of the Lord Church” in the city of Sacramento. Him and his wife Viktoria and their beautiful daughter all work hard together to impact the youth of Sacramento.


Viktor Karplyuk was born in 1986 in Ukraine city Kremenchug. Viktor was born into a Christian family in the Soviet Union days. Viktor later immigrated to Sacramento. Viktor dedicated his life to God and got baptized May 18, 2008. He and his wife Valentina work hard in the church and take up lots of responsibilities. Viktor was ordained to be a deacon in April 2019 at “Way of the Lord Church” in Sacramento. Him and his wife also have a beautiful boy named Lukas.