The Ancient Greek word hodos means “the way” or  “the journey” and by implication, “the progress”. Metaphorically, it expresses the idea of “a way of thinking” and/or “a course (manner) of conduct”.

Hodos Institute was established in 2013 to cause positive social change through the promotion of ethical and effective leadership. We serve churches, businesses, education, and non-profit organizations by motivating and enabling them to achieve excellence in leadership.


Hodos Institute researches current perspectives and practices of leaders and followers and then develops leadership training materials to assist in connecting ethical values with best practices in personal and organizational leadership across all sectors of society. We focus on leadership research and development by drawing on a global network of scholars, consultants and practitioners. The Institute serves individuals, teams and organizations to advance the knowledge and practice of effective and ethical leadership.


OUR MISSION: Hodos Institute partners with organizations and individuals to develop ethical and effective leadership through its research, publications, training, and consulting.

OUR VISION: A world that practices ethical and effective leadership.

Hodos Institute works in several countries of the former Soviet Union, the region now called Eurasia. There is a great need for morally strong leadership. While the Soviet Union collapsed more than twenty years ago, Eurasia continues to struggle with the legacy of totalitarianism, corruption and bad leadership. Many organizations in this region are functioning under unhealthy leadership practices, being subject to leaders who often abuse their power, lead ineffectively and act unethically. Too often, strong-armed leadership is found not only at the highest levels of the countries, but also at local levels, including in businesses, education, non-profit and religious organizations. Our vision is to influence the lives of many emerging leaders, and to ultimately influence a broad cross-section of society in Eurasia. Hodos Institute provides possibilities for research, seminars, classes, conferences and consulting services for a variety of organizations to advance ethical and effective leadership.



Allyn Beekman | Chair
Julie Peterson | Secretary
Dr. Timothy Watson | Treasurer
Mike Anderson
Dr. Dick Daniels
Dr. Anna Krull
Dr. Abraham Lee
Dr. Patrick Mays
Dr. Kathleen Mays (ex-officio)
Dr. Alexander Negrov (ex-officio)
Viktor Prozapas
Vladimir Shevchenko


Dr. Robert C. Andringa
Dr. Andrew K. Benton
Rev. Edward (Ed) Brown
Dr. Mark R. Elliott
Dr. Louis W. (Jody) Fry
Dr. Roger Gill
Dr. Peter Gräbe
Rev. Russell Korets
Dr. Jean Lipman-Blumen
Dr. Daryl McCarthy
Dr. Ronald E. Riggio
Dr. Roman M. Sheremeta
Dr. Myron S. Steeves
Dr. Jan G. Van der Watt
Dr. Michael M. Whyte


Dr. Alexander Negrov served as the President of St Petersburg Christian University in St Petersburg, Russia, where he lived for many years. Born in Ukraine, he now lives in Washington State in the USA. He holds a bachelor’s, masters’ and a PhD degree in theology, having studied at universities and seminaries in Russia, Canada, South Africa as well as studying leadership and spirituality in the Department of Theology & Religion at Durham University and Durham University Business School in the UK. He also completed the advanced certificate programs from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the University of Oxford Saïd Business School. Alexander has published numerous books and academic articles. He has extensive leadership and management experience in education, consultancy and teaching. Alexander married to Zena since 1987. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.