About Stephanie and Andy Nelms

Andy and Stephanie Nelms

Andy and Stephanie Nelms founded Russian Christian Missions, Inc. in 2007, although the ministry that started as Russian Christian Missions began in 1995, when Andy and Stephanie led their first mission trip to Russia. They lead short term mission trips to Russia for the purpose of bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who do not know Him. They organize one or more VBSs each year for the Russian children as well as host Bible studies and English as a Second Language classes.

Stephanie is a software developer working with NCR in Duluth, Georgia. Andy has been a software developer for 34 years, and is currently in school retooling so to speak. He is finishing a BS in Religion at Liberty University with a major in Theology and Biblical Studies. He also serves in part-time ministry here at Russian Christian Missions.

Andy Nelms said, " We both feel that God called us in 1995 to do part-time ministry work in Russia. We have worked many years with Pastor Volodya Kochelev in Alexandrov to help him with his ministry, but now we will be working with many churches." They met the Kochelevs in December 1995 on Andy's second mission trip to Russia. That was Stephanie's first trip and their first trip together.

At the time, the Kochelevs lived in Kolchugino, a small town about 100 miles northeast of Moscow. In December of 1998, the Nelms' traveled to the city of Alexandrov, a city of about 100,000, and helped the Kochelevs plant a new church.

In the years from 1999 - 2006 they returned to Russia six times with friends and continued the work of teaching the new Christians and evangelizing others at the church. In July of 2002 they returned to Alexandrov Russia with 15 Americans, the largest group to that date.

About 80 children attended a vacation Bible school and about 16 adults attended a nightly Bible study. Approximately half of the children who attended the VBS professed faith in Jesus Christ for the first time that week. The Nelms' said "With children you can't be sure if they completely understood, but some of them believed and that made the trip worthwhile."

Pastor Volodya Kochelev and his wife Nadya Kocheleva are pictured to the right. This was one of their more serious moments. We were touring Red Square at the time.

Andy and Stephanie returned again in December of 2004, 2005 and 2006. "On each trip we see further spiritual growth among those who have been worshiping and working in the church in Karabanovo since 1998", said Andy.  He gives praise to God for the growth of the church in Karabanovo and for growth in his and Stephanie's ministry.

In 2006, while on a mission trip in Russia, Andy felt God leading him to Siberia. As a result of that and a vision quest in 2007, he and Stephanie knew they were being led to Siberia, but they had no contacts there. However, Alfred McCroskey recommended that Andy contact a pastor in Kemerovo, Russia. He did so and that pastor, Vitali P. Bak agreed to work with the Nelms and a friendship has grown over the years.

Andy and Stephanie now work with Pastor Vitali Bak in Kemerovo, Russia deep in the heart of Siberia. Pastor Bak's church, Central Baptist Church, has grown considerably since they first visited the church in 2009. It is a thriving ministry. There are approcimately 25 churches in the region with whom Pastor Bak is associated which allows us to visit several churches each time they go.

When not in Russia, which is most of the time, Andy and Stephanie attend Crosspointe Church . Both have hosted and facilitated a small group fellowship/Bible study on Sunday evenings.

If you are interested in a short term mission trip to Russia, you may read about the trip in the letter of invitation .

Andy and Stephanie Nelms