Part-time Instructor in Russian and Spanish
Slava Petlitsa was born and raised in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. He completed a B.Sc in Metallurgical Engineering and a B.A. in Foreign Languages (English, Spanish, German) with a focus on teaching, at the Dnepropetrovsk State University. Subsequently, he obtained a M.A. in Biblical Languages, Biblical Studies, and Leadership from the Association of Canadian Theological Seminaries at Trinity Western University in Langley, Canada, and a Master of Linguistics degree from the Canada Institute of Linguistics at TWU. He has worked as an academic translator (Russian-English), and taught Russian to missionaries and business people both in Canada and in the former Soviet Union. He has translated a book used as a textbook on spiritual formation for a Bible institute in the Ukraine, and has written on liberation theology in Eastern European contexts. He has been teaching Russian language courses at TWU since 1999, and also teaches introductory Spanish courses.
His focus on the Spanish language and culture has taken him to Latin America, where he has been involved in ministry and study in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, as well as teaching Spanish in Guatemala as part of TWU's Study Abroad Program. For the last number of years, he has been a Bible teacher at the Templo Betesda, a Spanish-speaking church in Abbottsford, B.C.