March 19, 2021
The Wesleyan Covenant Association is excited to announce that Bishop Eduard Khegay, Resident Bishop of the Eurasia Episcopal Area in the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference of The United Methodist Church, will make a presentation at its Fifth Global Gathering – Go Global! – at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
“Bishop Khegay is one of a half dozen or so traditionalist UM bishops who is not afraid to clearly state where he stands on difficult matters facing The United Methodist Church,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, President of the WCA. “However, he always makes his positions known with grace and wisdom. The episcopal area he presides over is vast, stretching across eleven time zones, but Bishop Khegay’s boundless passion for sharing the gospel always rises to the task.”
A leader who has crisscrossed continents and engaged with people in many different cultures, Bishop Khegay will deliver an address entitled, “Vision: To Rome and on to Spain,” taking the Apostle Paul’s aspirations in his Letter to the Romans as his point of departure.
Born in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, Khegay studied hydraulic engineering at Bauman Moscow State Technical University, graduating in 1993. That same year, he began to study at the Moscow United Methodist Theological Seminary. He would go on to receive a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2010 from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He was ordained as a United Methodist elder in 2001.
“Bishop Khegay is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. With a profound spirituality he invites individuals and congregations to go deep and be bold in knowing Jesus and making him known,” said Bishop Mark Webb, the leader of the Upper New York Episcopal Area. “With grace, wisdom and humility, Bishop Khegay is a leader in the global church, defending the faith and championing the development of partnerships that position the body of Christ to live the mission faithfully and fruitfully. You will be encouraged by his leadership and teaching, but most of all by his presence among you. I am blessed to call Eduard a brother in Christ, a trusted colleague, and a dear friend.”
Just before his election to the episcopacy, Khegay was pastor of the Raduga United Methodist Church in Moscow and assistant to the bishop since 2005. He has also held a wide range of positions within the Russian United Methodist Church over the past dozen years. He has continued an affiliation with mission and educational ministries in that area.
Bishop Khegay is married to Vika Nogay and they live in Moscow, Russia.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the WCA has capped attendance for Go Global! at 1,000 at Frazer Church where two venues will allow for very generous social distancing. In addition to the host site there will be numerous simulcast sites across the United States where people can also participate in the WCA’s Fifth Global Gathering. Local pandemic protocols will be observed at the host site and all simulcast sites. The WCA is also offering an individual livestream option.
To learn more about the gathering visit Go Global! online. People can register to attend the host site at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama, or one of a number of simulcast sites across the U.S.