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Zhidkov, Jakov Ivanovich (1885-1966)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Nov 10 p. 3

Birth date: 1885

text of obituary:

Baptist Leader Dies in Moscow; Delegation Attends Funeral

Jakov Ivanovich Zhidkov, age 81, former chairman and elder statesman of the Russian Baptists, died Oct. 27 in Moscow, according to a letter received by Dr. C. Krahn of North Newton from Wm. T. Snyder, executive secretary of the MCC, who is currently touring the Soviet Union together with David P. Neufeld, Winnipeg, Man., and Frank C. Peters, Kitchener, Ont.

The Mennonite delegation attended the funeral services held in the Moscow Baptist Church on Oct. 31.

Leader of Russia's 600,000 Baptists for 22 years, Zhidkov died about two weeks after the Congress of the All Union Council of Evangelical Christians-Baptists, at which he was succeeded by Ilya Ivanov, a senior pastor of the Moscow Baptist Church.

Zhidkov was born in Tsaritsin, now Volgograd, the son of a Bible colporteur and evangelical preacher. He attended the Evangelical Christian Bible School of St. Petersburg in 1905 and entered full-time pastoral service the same year.

His wife, Pellageja Kapustinskaya, whom he married in St. Petersburg in 1908, died in 1960. She was the daughter of an evangelical pastor who had been exiled to Transcaucasia because of his religious activities and died there.

Zhidkov had been a frequent visitor in the U. S. and on a number of occasions spoke in Mennonite churches here. His son Michael is president of the European Baptist Federation council.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1958 May 15 p. 3

text of obituary:

Leader of Baptists Dies In Moscow


Presbyter Jakob I. Zhidkov, 73, president of the All-Union Council of Evangelical Christian Baptists in the Soviet Union recently died in Moscow, according to a report in The Mennonitische Rundschau, a Canadian Mennonite publication.

Presbyter Zhidkov conferred with H. S. Bender and David B. Wiens during their fraternal visit to Russia a year ago last fall. He was chairman of the Russia Baptist delegation which had a fellowship meeting with Mennonites in Chicago two years ago as part of a tour in America. He also met Mennonite representatives while attending the Baptist World Alliance in Ontario last summer.

In the Chicago meeting Presbyter Zhidkov mentioned that his first contact with Mennonites was in 1908 in a Mennonite church near Samara (now Kuibyshev), Russia. He has expressed appreciation for Baptist-Mennonite connections through the years.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1958 Aug 21 p. 3

text of obituary:


Akron, Pa. (MCC) — A report issued earlier this year, based on information from another publication, erroneously reported that Jakob I. Zhidkov was dead. Zhidkov is president of the All-Union Council of Evangelical Christian Baptists in the Soviet Union. He was the leader of the Russian Baptist delegation to America in 1956.

On July 30, H. S. Bender sent word from Germany that Zhidkov is very much alive, and that he met and spoke with him personally in Berlin. When Bro. Bender jokingly remarked that he thought Zhidkov was dead, the latter quipped, “I was resurrected!”

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