Nikolay Ivanov serves as Reach A Village’s national ministry director for all countries in Eurasia.
Born during the Cold War in Bulgaria — an Eastern European country with deep Christian roots — he began attending church in the 1980s. At that time, Christians were meeting in secret and facing serious persecution from the KGB. Bulgaria was the satellite country closest to the Soviet Union. Bibles and any Christian materials were almost impossible for believers to get. Brave Christians from Western Europe were able to deliver some materials to them secretly.
Nikolay vividly remembers receiving his first precious Bible when he was seven years old. During the next three years, he read the entire Bible three times. God was preparing this man to bring His Word to the people of Eastern Europe.
At age 17, Nikolay started preaching and serving in his local church. At age 19, he became a youth pastor. By age 25, he was part of building a vibrant, new Christian community in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. In 2003, he became involved in leading local believers in Bible Distribution, Scripture Placement and Bible Study programs, and Church Planting. He became national director of Bulgaria in 2011 and took on regional leadership in 2022.
Nikolay completed his theological training at the Logos Bible Academy (2000). He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the South-West University (2005) and his master’s degree in screenwriting at New Bulgarian University (2010).
With the support of his wife Denitsa, Nikolay is now based in Sofia, Bulgaria, for his work with Reach A Village. Nikolay and Denitsa were married in 2003, and are the parents of two children, Matthew and Emma.