Renowned Protestant Pastor Converts His Community to Orthodoxy

May 30, 2010

(Irkutsk, Interfax) — Pastor Igor Zyryanov from the Irkutsk Region, after 18 years of working at Protestant meetings and two years of pastoral missionary work, converted to Orthodoxy together with his family and community.

“It wasn’t easy for us, but now and in the future we will further study and follow the Lord on the Orthodox thousand-year path. But the most important is that now we enjoy plenitude as I was searching for 18 years and couldn’t find, was drinking but couldn’t quench my thirst, was eating but couldn’t satisfy hunger,”

Zyryanov writes in his article “The Lord Took Me Home” published at the Irkutsk Diocese website.

According to him, members of his community until this moment,

“were floating on the river of Protestantism and suddenly our horizon broadened and the infinite ocean of Orthodoxy has opened for us.”

After finishing school, Zyryanov practiced as an extrasensory expert and opened his own cabinet. Since the 1990s he started visiting meetings of the Blagaya Vest Protestant Church as he first thought to attract new clients. The future Orthodox believer considered Christ “a great extrasensory expert.”

Read more: Renowned Protestant Pastor Converts His Community to Orthodoxy : Journey To Orthodoxy | The Orthodox Christian ‘Welcome Home’ Network

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