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Pastor Zhivko and Nellie Tonchev

Pastor Zhivko Tonchev grew up in a Christian family, where the Bible was revered and at center of their life was a loving God. Christian faith entered the family through his grandfather Zhelezcho, who had been supernaturally healed of tuberculosis in his youth. He dedicated his life to God through service as a pastor after being healed. Zhivko was a youth leader in the Pentecostal Church in Bourgas for several years before the establishment of Good News Christian Church in 1990.

In spite of facing persecution during the communist regime in the country, he continued to encourage believers by preaching and using his musical talents. The main areas of influence were in Bourgas and the surrounding towns and villages.

At the time when audiocassettes of Bulgarian Christian music were still unavailable, he arranged and took part in one of the first recordings of contemporary Christian songs.The album was called All in the Name of Jesus (1987). During this time he was also involved in translations of Christian books and interpretation of sermons recorded on audio and videocassettes.

His independent ministry as a pastor of Good News Christian Church started in 1990. He graduated from The Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute. In 2003 pastor Zhivko was elected as a member of the Bourgas Municipality Council as a representative of the Bulgarian Christian Coalition.

Pastor Zhivko believes that he has been called to raise a generation of intelligent and enthusiastic Christians with wonderful families, successful in their work and willing to change our society through the truth and light of Christ.

Zhivko's best helper in this mission is his wife Nellie. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Theology and is currently doing masters in Pastoral Counseling. In the church she assists with administration, English translation and interpretation, as well as praise and worship. Zhivko and Nellie have been married since 1988 and have three children - Kalina, Iskren and Veren.

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