In 1993, in Saransk, the Saransk Lutheran Parish was formed. In Yoshkar-Ola, a parish appeared in 1993. With these very parishes begins the history of the Ural Deanery. The first Dean was a deacon from Saransk, Aleksey Aleshkin. At that time, Siberian churches also belonged to the Ural Deanery, but the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria decided to reorganize the deaneries into two: the Ural and Siberian Deaneries.
On October 10, 2001, the Synod Council of the Ingrian Church appointed Juha Valiaho to the position of Dean of the Ural Deanery. The territory of the deanery is large: it includes Mari-El, Komi, Udmurtia, Bashkiria, Chuvassia, Mordovia, and Tatarstan – seven republics between the Volga and the Urals. Yoshkar-Ola became the center of the Ural Deanery. In this region, both registered parishes and religious groups are active.
As the center of this region, the Yoshkar-Ola parish takes part with pleasure in organizing thematic camps for all parishes of the deanery. We may say that the New Year’s youth camps and summer missionary camps have already become a tradition.
Once a year, an informational newspaper, “Bulletin of the Church
of the Holy Cross, Yoshkar-Ola Mari-Russian Lutheran Parish,” is published by
the Ural Deanery of the Ingrian Church. In this publication it is possible to
find out about local parishes, their development, and also simply to read interesting
articles. The editor responsible for the bulletin is Deacon Gennadiy Alekseev