Belarusian pastor of the New Life Church gets arrested


Eastern Europe


After their building was closed, members of the New Life Church in Minsk held their services on the parking lot. Photo Facebook, Церковь "Новая Жизнь" (Минск)

Pastor Vyacheslav Goncharenko from the New Life Church in Minsk was detained on Tuesday.

About 20 machine gunners from the security forces of Belarus busted his door, Christian Vision reports. Both the pastor and his son-in-law, Ilya Budai, were arrested. Furthermore, the house of the pastor was searched.

Recently, the New Life Church in Minsk had its website taken down by the government, which claims that it spread extremist materials. In addition, the church received a letter that announced a financial claim for using its land for worship services, even though that was forbidden by the authorities.

Parking lot

In June, the Belarussian authorities destroyed the building of New Life Church. This action came after the government had already sealed the church and forbidden the congregation to meet in the building. In response, the members of the congregation gathered in the parking lot of their church for their worship services.

Pastor Goncharenko. Photo Facebook, Церковь "Новая Жизнь" (Минск)

It is not the first time the Belarusian pastor has been detained. In September 2022, he was arrested as well. That time, Goncharenko received a fine of 3,200 rubles (about 1,100 euros).



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