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Durham University

St John's College

Dr Victor Petrenko

Victor Petrenko

Victor is of Ukrainian decent but was born in Belorussia and raised in Latvia (now a Latvian citizen). He came to England to study at London School of Theology (former London Bible College), Brunel University (BA in Theology and MTh in Theology). He subsequently studied at the University of Durham, UK (PhD in Church History). After finishing his studies, Victor and his wife, Ester, moved to Latvia (2006) where he is now the Director of the Latvian Biblical Centre (2008-present). In 2010-present, he was appointed Senior Lecturer for Graduate Studies and Extraordinary Research Fellow at Northwest University (RSA)& Greenwich School of Theology (UK). In 2011-present, he was also appointed Associate Professor at the Norwegian School of Leadership and Theology, Oslo, Norway.

Victor’s research interests have focused on Russian Orthodox Church, Theology of Icons, Church History (Protestant & Evangelical in Eastern European Context), and Historical Theology. His teaching includes the following subjects: Church History, Dogmatics and Christian Initiation.

His publications include: Богословие икон, Протестантскаяточказрения, Санкт-Петербург (Библия для всех, Санкт-Петербург, 2000) – this book was later translated into Romanian (2002); “West versus East and the Consequences for Russian Christianity” (Eurasian Theological Journal, Bogoslovskije razmishleniia, 6 [2006], 69-97); The Development of the Authority within the Russian Orthodox Church, (Peter Lang, Oxford, 2011); “Reflections on Church Planting in Latvia” (paper delivered at the Bi-annual European Mission Conference in Germany, December 2013).

He will be publishing an article on "Paganism and folk myths" for the Central & Eastern European Bible Commentary: The Langham Partnership Publisher.

St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.