Theophil Babienco

(1850-1943). One of the pioneer Seventh-day Adventists in Russia; lay evangelist. He was a native of the village of Tarashcha in the Ukraine south of Kiev. As a young man he assisted in the services of the Orthodox Church by reading the psalms. His interest in the Bible thus being aroused, he obtained permission to take a copy home. Gathering his neighbors together, he read to them. His study led him to the conclusion that many doctrines believed and taught by his church were not scriptural. In 1877 Babienco and a group whom he had interested in the Bible left the Orthodox Church and organized themselves into “a community of brethren, believers of the Bible.” The community grew and spread to other towns and villages of the Ukraine. Some time later in exile in Stavropol in northern Cauc...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

Vertical Tabs