meet our team



Born in the Ukraine, Dr. Alexander Negrov is a naturalized United States citizen. He served as the president of St. Petersburg Christian University in Russia (2005-12), and as a visiting scholar at St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary in New York (1998-99), Pacific Lutheran University in Washington (2008-09) and California Baptist University (2012-13). Alexander holds a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and has completed three years of doctoral program in Leadership Studies from University of Durham (UK). He is passionate about developing leaders and empowering people in all areas of their lives.



Alexey Belov was born in Turkmenistan, and now he lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has graduated from Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia with a degree from the Department of Anthropological Philosophy. In the recent past, he was the manager of the International Program of SPbCU and Administrative Director of the International School of St. Petersburg. Alexey serves also as the research associate at the Sociological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Graduate School of Leadership of SPbCU. The sphere of his scholarly interests includes sociology of religion, leadership, and culture.


Dina Prokopchuk was born and lives in Ukraine. She graduated from Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State University with teaching certifications in music, ethics and cultural studies. She also has a degree in Christian Ethics from Irpin Biblical Seminary. Dina is a public school teacher and serves the community through organizing and directing conferences, workshops, camps and educational programs. Her vision for comprehensive youth work incorporates developmentally appropriate programming, the strengthening of family life, integration of young people in faith communities, and collaboration with civic organizations to promote leadership formation among teens and young adults.
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Jon Coody was born in the USA and has been in or around Russia since 1995. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma (B.S.), International School of Theology (M.A.), and Covenant Theological Seminary (Th.M.), Jon is currently a PhD candidate in missiology and contextual theology at Protestant Theological University – Amsterdam, Netherlands. He taught biblical studies and leadership at SPbCU (2012-2017).  His research interests include missiology, contextual theologies of labor, public theology, leadership and biblical studies.


Anatoly Tolopilo was born in Russia. After earning graduate degrees in applied psychology and business administration from prestigious universities in Russia and the UK, Anatoly held various top–management roles in business companies. With over 30 years of teaching practice and 16 years of experience as a corporate trainer, Anatoly conducted more than 1000 training modules to the employees of different organizations in Eurasia. His passion is to improve personal and professional skills of others and enhance their performance by focusing on both professional development and ethical principles.


Leonid Kukanov was born in Russia and currently lives in St. Petersburg. He earned an undergraduate degree from St Petersburg Christian University and later successfully completed the Master of Theology program at the University of Wales, UK. In 2015, he founded KukaDoro design studio. His research interests include ecological hermeneutics, business ethics, and theology of leadership. Leonid is also active in youth work and passionate about developing young leaders.



Dr. Evgenii Sarapulov was born in Russia. He studied history and social psychology, earning a PhD in Ethics from the Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has rich experience as a professor of psychology, sport psychologist, and therapist for cancer patients. Over the last 15 years, he has worked as a radio talk show host (with daily broadcasts in Russia, Kyrgyzstan and the USA), and he has also done live video programs on various social media platforms. His passion is to transform negatives into positives. He serves individuals and organizations as a coach, leadership and family consultant, educator and therapist.