Biography of Pastor Igor Bagirov
I, Igor Bagirov, was born and raised in the city of Tbilisi In Georgia when it was still a part of the former Soviet Union.
My mother was Jewish, but my father came from the Muslim background. I went to the University of St. Petersburg
to study Philosophy and later transferred to Rostov University where I met my
future wife, Tatiana. We got married, had our first son and graduated together.
Those were difficult times for Russia and in June 1993, Tatiana and I decided to move to Israel,
looking for a better life. Israel turned out to be not an easy place to live either.
We had many problems because of my sinful life. I didn't want to hear anything about God.
We lived in Israel almost three years. I went in Meluim (short military service) and worked in security.
In November 1995, we moved to Montreal, Canada still seeking a better life. It was in Canada where I first heard the Good News of Messiah. Attending French classes, I met a couple of Jewish believers. All their conversations caused me to ponder the big questions about the meaning of my existence. I was restless with these thoughts.
With depression, uncertainty, and desperation I got a Bible and for the first time in my life, started to read it.
My believing friends helped me in learning more about God. In 1996, I went to a congregation where my friends worshipped and during the service was overtaken with tears. I was 25, a grown man, yet I could not hold back the
tears no matter how hard I tried. Suddenly, I felt different inside, I did not understand it,
but it was the feeling of true peace and comfort.
I gave my life to The Lord Yeshua-Jesus Christ and continued to attend services. Shortly after that,
my wife also became a believer. Our lives were changed forever. A few months later,
we won a Greencard from The Lord and in 1997 moved to the United States of America.
We have four sons and presently live near Cleveland, Ohio. In 2002, we started with God's help missionary work
by sharing the Good News about The Lord-Messiah Yeshua to the Jewish people first and a small
Russian-speaking Messianic Congregation in the city. Since 2003, I am a Pastor and share our faith in Messiah
with Jewish people, Muslims and Israelis in our community.
Our vision is to reach 30,000 Russian-Speaking Jewish community in our city and
to plant a strong Messianic Congregation.