Borough Park Symposium IV

Messianic Jewish Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
February 16-18, 2015
New York, NY


Speaker Bios

In Order of Appearance


Ron Corbett Worship Leader
Ron serves as a Messianic Rabbi who was ordained to the ministry in 1987 at Baruch HaShem Messianic Congregation in Dallas, TX.

He is a graduate of Christ for the Nations and is currently enrolled in graduate studies toward a Masters Degree from Talbot Theological Seminary at the Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies in NYC.

Ron is also a multi-instrumentalist, song writer and worship leader who believes that it is the duty of Messiah’s disciples to keep their heart "with all diligence, for out of it flow the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23) 

He is married to Marcia, a strong Jewish Believer who is active by his side in the work of the congregation they planted together in June of 1988. While their Congregational worship grows out of a living faith in Yeshua reflecting the spirit-filled life of the New Covenant, it is strongly rooted in the cycle of Jewish Holy Days and feasts which makes possible a continuity of identity for Jewish Believers in Messiah.

The common struggles shared by Jewish Believers are lovingly addressed in a Messianic Jewish context where family members are encouraged to "Come and see".  It is their prayer that Congregation Shaarei Hashamayim would be a lighthouse to the Jewish community in this entire region. They are affiliated with Tikkun Ministries International and have also been committed members of the U.M.J.C. for all these years. Their prayer is to be able to help many to reach Jewish people today with a message of life and hope through Messiah Yeshua. 


Michael Rydelnik
Dr. Michael Rydelnik is Professor of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute where he has taught Jewish Studies and Bible since 1994.

The son of Holocaust survivors, he was raised in an observant Jewish home in Brooklyn, New York. Michael trusted in Jesus the Messiah as a high school student and has been teaching the Bible ever since.

A sought after speaker and teacher, Michael is a biblical scholar specializing in the Hebrew Bible, the Jewish people, the land of Israel, and biblical prophecy. Michael can be heard answering listener Bible questions every Saturday morning from 9-11 AM (Central Time), on Moody Radio's Open Line with Dr. Michael Rydelnik.

He is a Resource Scholar for RBC Ministries and appears frequently on the Day of Discovery TV programs.   He recently appeared in the Lee Strobel film The Case for Christ. Michael also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Dallas Theological Seminary, Talbot School of Theology and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dr. Rydelnik is the co-editor and contributor, with fellow faculty member Dr. Michael Vanlaningham, of The Moody Bible Commentary, a one-volume commentary on the whole Bible written by the faculty of Moody Bible Institute.

He is the author of Understanding the Arab Israeli Conflict: What the Headlines Haven‘t Told You (Moody Publishers, 2007) and The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic (B&H Publishers, 2010). He has contributed to numerous books, scholarly journals and magazines. 

He served on the translation team of the new Holman CSB version of the Bible and has contributed to both the Apologetics Study Bible (B&H Publishers) and the Holman Study Bible.  

Michael graduated in Jewish Studies from Moody Bible Institute, earned his B.A. degree from Azusa Pacific University, his Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, focusing his studies on the Messiah of the Hebrew Bible.

Michael and his wife, Eva (an adjunct faculty member at Moody, teaching literature, education and Jewish studies) live in a historic Jewish Chicago neighborhood.  Israel is their favorite place in the world and they enjoy showing people the Land as often as possible. Michael and Eva enjoy black and white movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood, classic literature and hiking with their two collies, Feivel and Darby (especially in the Adirondack mountains of Upstate NY). The Rydelniks have two wonderful adult sons--who always call and write.


Jacob Rosenberg
Dr. Rosenberg is the Rabbi of Adat HaTikvah Messianic Synagogue in Deerfield, IL. 

Jacob holds a BA in Religion, a M.Div. in Theology, and a PhD in Theological Studies. He was an adjunct professor at Nyack College. 

In addition, Dr. Rosenberg worked as a consultant with Global Leadership Inc., was invited and attended The Lausanne Younger Leaders Conference, and was on the planning committee for Lausanne Cape Town 2010. 

He currently serves as the head of the theology committee for the UMJC.  Jacob has spoken at many messianic and non-messianic congregations, events, and conferences.  His father, uncle, and brother are also Messianic Rabbis in different parts of the United States.  Dr. Rosenberg is married to Heather and is the father of two beautiful children. 


Darrell Bock
Dr. Bock is a Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Professor of Spiritual Development and Culture (CCL) B.A., University of Texas, 1975; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1979; Ph.D., University of Aberdeen, 1983; postdoctoral study, Tübingen University.

Dr. Bock has earned international recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany) and for his work in Luke-Acts historical Jesus and in Jesus’ examination before the Jewish leadership.

He was president in Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for 2000–2001, and serves as editor at large for Christianity Today. His articles appear in leading journals and periodicals, including many secular publications such as the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News. He has done a variety of media shows, including work with ABC, CNN, Day of Discovery, and John Ankerberg shows. He has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction, and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas.


Mark Kinzer
Dr. Kinzer holds a PhD from the University of Michigan.

He is Rabbi of Congregation Zera of Avraham in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and President Emeritus of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute.

He is the author of Postmissionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian Engagement with the Jewish People (Brazos, 2005), Israel's Messiah and the People of God: A Vision for Messianic Jewish Covenant Fidelity (Cascade, 2011), and the soon to be released Searching Her Own Mystery: Nostra Aetate, the Jewish People, and the Identity of the Church (Cascade, 2015). 


Richard Harvey
Richard is a UK based-Jewish believer in Yeshua who has served with the Church's Ministry among the Jewish people (CMJ) and as UK Director of Jews for Jesus.

He taught Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at All Nations Christian College, UK, and was Academic Dean and Director of Postgraduate Studies. He is a past President of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA). His PhD was supervised by Rabbi Dan Cohn-Sherbok and is published as Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology: A Constructive  Approach (2009).He is now Senior Researcher with Jews for Jesus, and spends his time writing, teaching, training, mentoring and drinking coffee in UK, Israel and around the world.

He is married to Monica, who is also a Jewish believer in Jesus, and has two children and one grandchild. He blogs at On this day in Messianic Jewish history.


David Zadok
David is the pastor of Grace and Truth Congregation in Israel and the Field Director of Christian Witness to Israel, HaGefen Publishing. He has been serving the body of Christ in Israel for more than two decades.

He was born in Israel, lived in Iran and studied in USA. David earned his B.A. in Computers & Business Administration from San Diego State University.

He is a graduate of Westminster Seminary in California and the Institute of Reformed Baptist Seminary at Westminster Seminary.

He is a retired Major in the Israel Defence forces. In addition to his role as pastor and director of HaGefen Publishing, he is also the chairman of the board of Israel College of the Bible (www.israelcollege.com). Currently David serves also on the board of Churches Mission to Jews (http://www.cmj-israel.org/). And finally David is the Israeli coordinator of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism (www.LCJE.net). David is married to Eti and they have three children, Maayan, Hadas and Meidan.  


Sandra Teplinsky
Sandra has been in Messianic Jewish ministry since 1979. She is president and founder of Light of Zion, a Messianic outreach to Israel and the Church based in California and Jerusalem.

From an Orthodox Jewish background, Sandra obtained a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, and Bible training from Talbot Seminary in Los Angeles.

Sandra is an ordained minister and international conference speaker. She has taught Bible college-level courses and church seminars about the relationship between Israel and the Church. She has mobilized prayer for Israel and the Middle East in many nations. Together with her husband, she developed intercessory prayer groups and humanitarian aid projects in Jewish evangelism in the former Soviet Union.

A former attorney, Sandra has authored several books and articles about Israel and the Church, including "Israel's Anointing" (Chosen Books, 2008); "Why Care About Israel?" (Chosen Books, 2004); "The Blessing of Israel" (2002); and "Out of the Darkness: The Untold Story of Jewish Revival in the Former Soviet Union" (1998). She has been a frequent guest speaker on international television and radio. She and her family maintain their primary residence in the Jerusalem area. Learn more about Sandra's ministry at www.lightofzion.org.


Judith Rood
Judith teaches history at Biola University, where she serves as Professor of History and Middle East Studies.  She received her Ph.D. in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago and her M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.  She earned her B.A. at New College, an experimental liberal arts college modeled on the Oxford University curriculum, and did undergraduate and graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she was a Lady Davis Fellow.

Rood was the first woman ever to undertake research in the Islamic Archives in Jerusalem, and was the first American since 1967 to do so.  Her specialization is the Muslim community in Jerusalem during the Ottoman period.  She is especially interested in the problem of Islamic law and relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews from an historical perspective. At Biola, she teaches a broad range of courses, including Jewish history, the history of Zionism and Israel, and Church History.  She has published many articles in a wide variety of journals, and her book, Sacred Law in the Holy City, was published in 2004 by Brill. She is currently completing a book on the theology of history.


Jack Sara
Rev. Dr. Jack Sara is the President of Bethlehem Bible College Jack was born and raised in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Jack studied at BBC after committing his life to Christ and his ministry got involved more and more in the ministry of the Jerusalem Alliance Church, which in its turn recognized his gifts and call and encouraged him to go and study further for the work of the Gospel, so he did.

Jack went to the Philippines to study at the Alliance Biblical Seminary and came back with an M.Div degree after which he returned and began ministering in full time capacity with his church and teaching part time at BBC. 

After serving the church for 13 years as a senior pastor, under his leadership and other like minded leaders he saw the Alliance church become a church planting movement and a catalyst church in reaching out to the Palestinian people and Arabs with the love of Christ and in various means. 
Rev. Jack holds a doctorate degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Missions and Cross Cultural Studies.

Rev. Jack travels around the globe, teaching about Missions and Cross Cultural work in the Middle East.Rev. Jack is an ordained minister with Evangelical Alliance Church in the Holy Land where he still maintains an overseeing role with the leadership of the churches. He had also worked extensively in the areas of peace & reconciliation.


Wayne Hilsden
Wayne Hilsden is the co-founder and lead pastor of King of Kings Community in Jerusalem. King of Kings is a multifaceted ministry that seeks to be a resource for the whole Body in the land. Wayne co-founded Israel College of the Bible in 1990. 

Originally from Canada, Wayne is a permanent resident of Israel and has served in Jerusalem since 1983.Wayne has an M. Div from the University of Toronto (Wycliffe College). Wayne has a heart to see a "one new man" expression of the Body, particularly among Jewish and Arab believers.  Wayne also serves as president of FIRM: the Fellowship of Israel-Related Ministries, a global alliance of believers committed to Messiah-centered relationships that bless the inhabitants of Israel and the worldwide Jewish community.

Wayne is married to Ann and they have four sons and four grandchildren.


Azar Ajaj
Reverend Azar Ajaj was born and raised in Nazareth, Israel. Azar is an ordained minister who has been ministering to his Arab Israeli community in a number of ways for over 20 years. 

He received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Bethlehem Bible College, and completed his M.Th. at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, with a dissertation on the Jewish and Muslim Appropriations of the Joseph Narrative.

Recently he is working on his PhD degree with Spurgeon’s College doing a research on the history of the Baptists in Israel.

For 13 years, Azar served as the pastor of the Local Baptist Church in Nazareth. He worked also as an executive for the United Bible Society in Israel, where he enhanced relationships between local Arab churches and directed outreach projects to the Muslim community. For 6 years he also served as the General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Israel, during which time he provided pastoral support, teaching and leadership training to university students. Fluent in three languages (Arabic, Hebrew and English). Since 2007 Azar became involved in Theological training at Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS), and currently, he is serving as the President of the same seminary.

He has been married to Ibtisam for 22 years and they have 3 wonderful sons. 

Thomas Damianos
Thomas Adv. (PhD. Candidate in Law) Thomas Damianos was born in Haifa to an Arab Christian family.

At the age of 30, after a career in civil engineering, he has met Jesus in a personal way. His life was transformed and he had a great hunger for the Word of God.

He pursued Biblical education at Bethlehem Bible College (BA) and Israel College of the Bible (BA, MA). Thomas is currently serving in leadership positions in local churches in Haifa, and as a Director of External Studies at Israel College of the Bible.  Additionally, Thomas completed his LL.B. in Law, and serves as a legal counsellor for the Evangelical Alliance in Israel, as well as local Churches and Christian organizations, while completing his PhD in Law. 

Thomas, 42, is married to Maya, and they have two teenage children.


Robert Nicholson
Robert is the Executive Director of The Philos Project, a nonprofit that works to promote positive Christian engagement in the Middle East. Robert holds a BA in Hebrew Studies from SUNY Binghamton, and a JD and MA (Middle Eastern history) from Syracuse University. A former U.S. Marine and Tikvah Fellow, he has published articles in the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, Mosaic, RealClearReligion, Canon & Culture, and Syracuse Journal of International Law & Commerce.

Erez Soref
Erez was born in Israel to a traditional Jewish family. After his military service while back-packing in Southeast Asia and Europe he heard the Gospel for the first time from gentile Christians. Through their testimony Erez became a disciple of Yeshua, Israel's Messiah. Thinking he is the first and only Jewish person in 2000 years to make that great discovery, Erez set towards home and shared with his parents, family, friends, and everyone around.

During his university years Erez became very involved in evangelism in Israeli university campuses. In grad school, Erez earned 2 MAs and his doctorate from Wheaton College IL. He taught several years in the University of Haifa’s education dept., and in 2003 joined Israel College the Bible as Academic Dean.

Under Erez academic leadership ICB started a number of new Hebrew programs, and in 2006 Erez was appointed ICB president.  Today ICB is the largest College and Seminary in the Middle East, with over 200 Jewish and Arabic Yeshua-follwing students in a variety of certificate, BA, and MAs programs.  ICB is part of One For Israel - an indigenous Israeli platform committed to evangelism and disciple-making from Israel.  

Erez is a member of several Israeli and international ministry boards.

He is married to Sisi, also an Israeli believer who is a 5th generation Jewish believer in Jesus.  Erez and Sisi are blessed with three teenage children.  
Evan Thomas  
Evan has served since 1987 as a full-time pastoral elder of the Messianic Congregation, “Beit Asaph” in the coastal city of Netanya, Israel.

He and his wife, Maala emigrated from New Zealand in 1983 and are blessed with a daughter, Sara.

Evan is a Messianic Jew with a vision of salvation for his people Israel, both in the Land and throughout the world. Apart from his pastoral work, Evan has been very involved in developing Jewish evangelism in Israel and abroad and in the development of reconciliation ministries. Since 1991 Evan has served as an active board member of the Reconciliation Ministry, “Musalaha” and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. This ministry is proactive in bringing members of the Israeli Messianic community and the Palestinian Christian community together in various reconciliation initiatives including; desert encounters, educational conferences and seminars, through literature, social projects, and humanitarian aid.

Since 2005, Evan has served on the Board of Oversight of Yad b'Yad (Hand in Hand) – a reconciliation ministry among young Israeli, German and Polish followers of Messiah. Each summer, an average of three separate groups of youth and university students study and worship together and journey through the 'death camps' of Auschwitz and Birkenau 'hand in hand', experiencing the overcoming power of Christ's forgiveness.
In addition, Evan serves as a Board member of Israel College of the Bible, promoting theological education throughout the Israeli Messianic congregations.


Michael Zinn
Michael, a Chosen People Ministries’ Missionary to Israel, came on staff in June of 1994. Michael’s special focus is on establishing Chosen People Ministries’ Russian/Hebrew Congregation in the Tel Aviv area.

Michael was born in 1956 to a Jewish family living in the Ukrainian city of L’vov. After graduating from high school in 1973, Michael continued his education, earning a Masters Degree in Construction Engineering. As a Jew growing up in a Russian culture, Michael believed there was a God and was open to the idea of Jesus, but thought perhaps Jesus was a prophet with some connection to God. Michael had read the Bible with an intellectual understanding, not yet having been introduced to the true and living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Although Michael occasionally visited the Russian Orthodox Church and enjoyed its atmosphere, his visits offered him no spiritual satisfaction. He found no answers there to his questions. In 1988 Michael met Natalie and they were married. Like Michael, Natalie had sought for the truth in many places. She had even tried Eastern religions. Together they searched for answers to life through the arts, culture, and literature but found none. Disappointed with life in Ukraine, Michael and Natalie decided that an “escape” to Israel would give them the answers to the void in their lives. However, upon arrival in Israel, they found the same types of problems. They began to study Hebrew. God had placed five believers in their Hebrew class and it was one of those believers that introduced them to the Messiah. He explained the Gospel to them step by step and helped them understand their sinful nature. In 1990 the Zinns came to repentance and faith, entrusting their lives into the hands of Yeshua. This was only the beginning for Michael and Natalie.

Michael began to share his faith with new immigrants from Russian, explaining the Gospel and translating devotional material for them. In 1992 the believer who introduced Michael to Jesus invited him to work as a translator for Russian students at a local college in Tel Aviv. Michael subsequently became Residential Dean to the students living on campus.

Since coming to faith in Messiah and committing their lives to the Lord, Michael and Natalie have been blessed with a son Daniel, who was born in 1992. The Zinns’ eyes have also been opened to God’s purpose for Israel. God has given them a desire to see other Russian immigrants come to true faith in Messiah. They feel this is the reason God has called them to Israel. Like Esther who was in a special place for a special reason, Michael and Natalie believe they are in Israel for this time and this season – to help save their people. Please remember to pray for the Zinn family. Despite daily obstacles, Michael and Natalie have chosen to share the Gospel with their people, that they too might find freedom through Messiah.


Jonathan Bernis
A Jewish Believer in Yeshua (Jesus), is President & CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI). Jonathan has worked on the forefront of world evangelism since 1984, taking the Good News of Israel’s Messiah to the far reaches of the earth, to the Jewish People, and also to the Nations. Today, as President & CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI), and our associated organizations in Canada and the United Kingdom. Jonathan directs all aspects of the ministry, including the weekly television program
Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis
, which airs throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Jewish Voice has mobilized to reach out with essential humanitarian and medical provision, as God’s arm extended in the love of their Messiah. This is a very exciting and rewarding area of ministry, particularly close to Jonathan’s heart as these are the poorest Jewish communities on the earth.

A sought-after speaker, Jonathan also teaches at seminars and in conferences worldwide. He is a prominent leader in the Messianic movement and is a passionate supporter of Israel.
He is the author of A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of Nazareth.

Jonathan is the founding Rabbi of Congregation Shema Yisrael in Rochester, New York, where he served as Senior Messianic Rabbi from 1984 to 1993. He also founded and pastored the Messianic Center of St. Petersburg, Russia, where he lived and ministered from 1993 to 1997.

Jonathan and his wife, Elisangela, are the parents of two daughters, Liel and Hannah, and reside in Phoenix, Arizona.


Lisa Loden
Lisa immigrated to Israel in1974. In 1977, together with her husband David, she cofounded Messianic congregation Beit Asaph in Netanya.

From 2002-2007, Lisa served as the Managing Director of the Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. From 2008 she heads up and is a lecturer in the Department of Leadership Development and Forgiveness Studies at the Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS).

She works with Musalaha Reconciliation Ministries and is a member of their advisory board. She is on the steering committees of the Helsinki Consultation, the Lausanne Initiative for Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine (LIRIP) and the Roman Catholic-Messianic Jewish Dialogue Group (CMDG).

From 2011 she directs the Advancing Professional Excellence (APEX) program for Israel Firstfruits Center for Economic Advancement.

Together with coauthor Salim Munayer, she recently published Through My Enemy’s Eyes – Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine (Paternoster 2014).

She has one daughter and two granddaughters.


David Epstein
Reverend David Epstein has served as the senior pastor of the historic Calvary Baptist Church in New York City since 1997, where he is also the Chancellor and a faculty member of the New York School of the Bible, which is affiliated with Lancaster Bible College.  

He is a graduate of Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary with degrees in Biblical Studies.  He pursued doctoral studies at the Catholic University of America in Biblical Studies and was a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland in the History of Education and Adult Development.  He served as the Chairman of Education Ministries and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and History at Washington Bible College from 1978 to 1986.  He then pastored the Metropolitan Bible Church in Ottawa, Ontario, one of Canada’s leading evangelical churches.

For the past 30 years he has been traveling and teaching in Israel, sharing his love of biblical history and prophecy. 

In addition to his national and international conference schedule, Pastor Epstein’s popular radio broadcasts The Calvary Hour and Tell It From Calvary are heard by more than 2 million people worldwide. 

He is the author of A Time for Hope: One New York Pastor’s Biblical Response to 9/11, Terrorism and Islam.  In conjunction with his ongoing ministry to business leaders, he has contributed to two books with The Center for Business Ethics in Philadelphia:  Business Ethics Today: Stealing and Business Ethics Today: Lying.  His new book, Chosen:  The Mystery of the Jews and the Coming War Against Israel, is scheduled for release in 2013. 

Pastor Epstein and his wife Sandy are blessed with three children and eight wonderful grandchildren. 

Russ Resnik
Russ encountered Yeshua as Messiah in the early 70s as a young radical in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Later, he was drawn into the Messianic Jewish movement and founded Adat Yeshua, a Messianic congregation in Albuquerque, NM, which he led for nearly 20 years.

Today, he serves as executive director of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), an association dedicated to establishing, strengthening, and multiplying congregations for Yeshua within the wider Jewish community.

Russ is ordained as a Messianic Rabbi through the UMJC and also maintains credentials as a clinical mental health counselor. He has an international speaking and teaching ministry, contributes regularly to Messianic Jewish publications, and is the author of Gateways to Torah: Joining the Ancient Conversation on the Weekly Portion,Creation to Completion: A Guide to Life’s Journey from the Five Books of Moses, and Divine Reversal: The Transforming Ethics of Jesus.

Russ and his wife Jane live in Albuquerque and have four children and seven grandchildren.

Marty Waldman
Marty is the Rabbi of Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue in Dallas, Texas. 

He formerly served as President of the UMJC and currently serves as the Executive General Secretary of Toward Jerusalem Council II. 

As the son of Holocaust survivors, Rabbi Waldman grew up in a traditional Jewish home. He accepted Yeshua as his Messiah in January of 1975 and soon after was given a heart to share the Good News of Yeshua among his Jewish brethren.

Marty and his wife Marleen have been involved with Jewish ministry since 1975.  They have three children and five grandchildren. 


Vladimir Pikman
Vladimir is the Executive Director, Beit Sar Shalom, Germany, Visiting Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary.

Vladimir Pikman was born to a Jewish family in Kiev (Ukraine). Through different circumstances in his life, both in Ukraine and Israel, and through his personal study of the Old Testament he came to the faith in Jesus the Messiah at the age of 22. 

Vladimir committed his life to bring the Gospel to his Jewish people. Since 1992 serving in different countries of Europe and worldwide, he has led Jewish outreaches and started several messianic congregations. God has used Vladimir to lead many people to the Lord, to find and equip new ministers and to start new messianic ministries in several countries.

Vladimir received a PhD in New Testament Exegesis at the University of Dortmund in Germany (ABD.) Th.M. in Old Testament and New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary, M.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Ukrainian National University in Kiev

Vladimir has lectured at the Messianic Theological Institute in Berlin Germany (2006-present), Haifa Theological Institute in Israel (2008-present). He presented papers and actively participated in teaching at Borough Park Messianic Theological Symposium (2007-present), European Messianic Jewish Theological Symposium (2010-present), and the Lausanne Consultation for Jewish Evangelism Conferences (2002-present).Vladimir has  taught in several hundred different churches and at many conferences as well as teaching seminars and preaching in Germany, USA, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Holland, Switzerland, France, Argentina, Australia, Italy, UK, Ireland, Finland, Austria, Poland, Canada, Hungary, Spain, South Africa, and New Zealand. He was also a Theological Referent at Lausanne World Congress in Cape Town (2011).

Vladimir is the founding Executive Director of Beit Sar Shalom, the largest Jewish-messianic ministry in Germany, and the Rabbi of the messianic congregation in Berlin. In Chosen People Global Ministries (the network of Jewish ministries in 16 countries) he helps in coordinating the ministry in Western and Eastern Europe. He was the founding President of the German Messianic Jewish Alliance and is the Vice-President of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance. He has directly planted five congregations and helped started new ministry outreaches and congregations in numerous cities in Germany, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Holland, Poland, Finland, and France. In 2000, Vladimir was ordained as a messianic Rabbi. He is an acting member of the Theological Dialogue Group between catholic and messianic Jewish theologians and of Helsinki Consultation for the Jewish Continuity in the Body of the Messiah. Vladimir currently serves as a Board Member in Beit Sar Shalom Ministry (Russia), Chosen People Ministries (Holland), Haifa Theological Institute (Israel), Together for Berlin (Germany), and Prayer for the Government (Germany). He has written articles and contributed to the Kesher Journal, Mishkan Journal, Geist gewirkt – Geist bewegt Book Project, The Borough Park Papers, Or Jeschua, Kol Hesed.

He has a Highest Honours and Award for the Highest Scholastic Achievement from Dallas Theological Seminary.

His wife, Inna, also a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (MABEL) has completed her PhD in Biblical Linguistics at Free University of Berlin (Germany) with cum laude (magna cum laude for the disputation). She is a very gifted musician and has a beautiful voice. She is a worship leader in the Berlin messianic congregation and has recorded several albums. She also teaches Biblical Hebrew and Greek at the Messianic Institute in Berlin. Vladimir lives in Berlin, Germany, with his wife and two daughters, Elisabeth (16) and Rose Shoshannah (13).