About Us

Our Mission: Loving and restoring orphanage graduates toward life and community. Our Vision: The end of the generational orphanage cycle in Zhytomyr, Ukraine.

Core Values & Behaviors

1. Healing Relationship

    a. We build safe and secure attachments to promote the healing process of orphanage graduates.
    b. We provide long-term, consistent, and reparative mentoring and discipleship relationships to inspire long-term transformation.
    c. We love boldly and build relational capital to influence our youth towards a life in Christ.
    d. All of our youth hear the gospel of Jesus Christ clearly presented in all of our programs, and staff are daily examples of Christ’s love.

    *1 Corinthians 13:4-7

2. Holistic Orphan Care

    a. We practice the good news of Jesus by caring for the whole person, including advocacy for their spiritual, emotional, physical and relational needs.
    b. We inspire youth to give back to their community while they also travel down their own healing path.
    c. We prayerfully intercede and provide very practical life skills so our youth have opportunities to thrive.

    *Colossians 3:23-24

3. Dynamic Community

    a. We work in partnership with our supporters; we are committed to transparency and good communication about ministry operations, prayer needs, and the stewardship of funds.
    b. We engage in deeper friendships and partnerships within the larger orphan care community.
    c. We work within the body of Christ to respond to God’s command to the Church to care for and bring justice to orphans.

    *Ephesians 4:16

Our Team

  • Andrey & Oksana Pankyeyev

    Andrey & Oksana Pankyeyev

    Andre and Oksana joined the Last Bell staff in 2007. As the Executive Director of Ukrainian Operations, Andrey oversees the ministry. He advocates for orphanage graduates alongside the staff, and works closely with the US board of directors, volunteers, and donors. He manages day-to-day activities in Zhytomyr. Oksana is the coordinator for Stop the Cycle, Last Bell’s program for orphan mothers and their children, and oversees the Shelter Crisis Housing facility. She has training in Biblical counseling. Andrey and Oksana have two children.

    Vitya & Lena Andrusenko

    Vitya & Lena Andrusenko

    Lena and Vitya Andrusenko have been with Last Bell since 2009. They are deeply involved in our Educational Outreach program, mentoring many young orphanage graduates. They also mentor and help young moms in our Stop the Cycle program. Lena and Vitya have two young daughters.
    Olga Antonova

    Olga Antonova

    Olga has been a translator for Last Bell and hosted international visitors since 2007. She began serving as a volunteer during Last Bell’s earliest years. Her direct involvement with the youth continues with Stop the Cycle program activities. Olga and her husband have three children.
    Anna & Sergei Cherniy

    Anna & Sergei Cherniy

    Anna Cherniy has been with Last Bell since 2009. She started in the very practical role of caring for the babies of youth and staff during Last Bell programs and meetings. She now oversees the childcare needs of Shelter Crisis Housing, and is helping develop Last Bell’s fledgling daycare co-op. In 2015, Sergei left work as a public school teacher to supervise Last Bell’s new Restoration Project. Sergei and Anna have two children.
    Nastya Konsedailo

    Nastya Konsedailo

    Nastya volunteered for Last Bell prior to coming on staff in 2015. Nastya works in the Educational Outreach program, where she assists Lena Voznyuk and Luba Yaroshuk with programming in Zhytomyr’s trade schools. In 2016 Nastya graduated from seminary with a degree in teaching courses on Christianity.
    Abram & Tanya Krevoruchko

    Abram & Tanya Krevoruchko

    Abram has been with Last Bell since 2007, and Tanya joined in 2009 after they were married. They mentor youth from our Educational Outreach program, younger moms in our Stop the Cycle program, and older orphanage graduates with whom they’ve developed close relationships. Tanya’s academic lessons help our Educational Outreach youth pass college entrance exams. Tanya and Abram have two children.
    Yulia Nesterenko

    Yulia Nesterenko

    Yulia began as a volunteer, joining the staff in 2010. She’s the administrator of the Day Center, mentoring the young people who drop in and offering English lessons and other activities. She also helps with the children in our Stop the Cycle program, and mentors older orphanage graduates. Yulia is a worship leader at her church, and her husband Sasha is a Last Bell volunteer.
    Yulia Sagaidachna

    Yulia Sagaidachna

    Yulia Sagaidachna joined the Last Bell staff in 2017. Yulia is an orphanage graduate, nurse, and mother who contributed to Last Bell’s blog and now works with our moms at Shelter Crisis Housing. Yulia has taken all of Last Bell’s parenting classes, and volunteered for many years prior to coming on staff. Yulia and her husband have one daughter.
    Simeon Shulgin

    Simeon Shulgin

    Simeon is an attorney working full time for Last Bell. His responsibilities include creating legal documents and occasional court appearances on behalf of Last Bell youth. He also manages the Day Center office. Simeon began volunteering for Last Bell through church friends prior to employment. Simeon is married and has one child.
    Lena Voznyuk

    Lena Voznyuk

    After two years of volunteering, Lena joined the staff in 2014. She’s Last Bell’s liaison with city trade schools, opening more doors for our Educational Outreach team to reach orphanage graduates in Zhytomyr. In 2016 Lena graduated with a seminary degree in teaching courses on Christianity. Lena also has a university degree in psychology.
    Vasya & Luba Yaroshuk

    Vasya & Luba Yaroshuk

    Vasya and Luba joined the Last Bell staff in 2009. They both mentor youth in our Educational Outreach program, and work closely with young moms in our Stop the Cycle program. They volunteered every week in the orphanages prior to joining our staff. They continue to mentor orphanage graduates they met during those years. Vasya is currently studying law at a local university so he can pursue legal justice for orphans in Ukraine. Vasya and Luba have two children.
  • Ellen Jackson

    Ellen Jackson

    Ellen is Last Bell’s Executive Director, providing vision and direction while supervising both our American and our Ukrainian leadership. She first went to Ukraine in 1998 as a photographer. Over the years she went back to Ukraine several times and kept up with Last Bell Ministries as it developed. Ellen lives in Indianapolis with her husband and son.
    Ed Gordon

    Ed Gordon

    Ed has been involved with Last Bell for over seven years. He served as a missionary in Vinnitsya, Ukraine, through YWAM, and is still involved with several churches and ministries in the country. His ministry focus is orphans and people with disabilities. Ed now resides in Colorado and operates a carpet and tile cleaning business that supports his ministry efforts.
    Don Lawton

    Don Lawton

    Don practices dentistry in Indianapolis and pastors a Russian-speaking church. He has been going to Ukraine for 17 years. He has served as Director of the organization Mission to Ukraine and has recently joined the board of Last Bell.
    Dave Liebel

    Dave Liebel

    Dave has worked with local and international ministries for over twenty years. Combining administrative gifts with a passion for people and travel, he has assisted ministries in Eastern Europe, India and his hometown of Indianapolis. He made his first international trip to Ukraine in 1994.
    Irene Millikan

    Irene Millikan

    Irene spent 30 years in the corporate world at Boeing Airlines. In the mid 90’s she took her first missions trip to work in a camp ministry. She has been actively involved in camp ministry since then. She was a founding member of Last Bell and has been on the board since its inception. She lives in Seattle, WA.
    Dave Richter

    Dave Richter

    Dave has served on a number of boards in both ministry and in the private sector. His first trip to Ukraine included a tour of Last Bell’s Shelter facility. He has been working as a structural engineer in Indianapolis for the past 33 years. He brings his administrative and organizational experience to Last Bell’s board.
  • Megan Hershey

    Megan Hershey

    Megan became the Last Bell Director of US Operations in mid-2015. She is the key conduit between the organization and its US friends. In her role as project manager, she develops relationships with partners, volunteers, and donors. In the ten years prior to joining Last Bell, she worked for Outreach, Inc., serving homeless youth in Indianapolis, IN. Her work experience includes social work case management, program design and implementation, and non-profit management. Megan lives in Indianapolis with her husband Nate and their two boys, Wesley and Joel.
    Emily Millikan

    Emily Millikan

    Emily is Last Bell’s Communications Liaison, writing and editing blogs and newsletters, and managing a variety of tasks involving communications, records, bookkeeping, and other administrative details. She began as a volunteer with Last Bell in 2006. Emily also works as a caregiver, writer, and freelance editor. She lives north of Boston.
    Laura Zigler

    Laura Zigler

    Laura started her bookkeeping business about seven years ago as a way to spend more time with her growing family. She especially enjoys working with non-profits. Laura lives in Portland, Maine with her husband David and their two daughters EllaAnne and Rosie.

History

  • The founders of Last Bell Ministries began serving orphans in Ukraine in the mid 1990s as the Soviet Iron Curtain was lifting. They returned annually on short-term mission trips to conduct summer camps for orphanage kids. Relationships grew with the youth at Orphanage #4 in Zhytomyr, and a dream was born to provide long-term relationships and practical help to the vulnerable adolescents aging out of the orphanage system. Last Bell was incorporated in 2006.

  • In 2007, Last Bell’s original day center for orphans, The Shelter, was opened. The Haven followed in 2009. That same year, Last Bell became an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the U.S.

  • In 2011, Last Bell opened the Support Center, which housed the many growing services for young people, including Stop the Cycle, Last Belll’s support program for orphan mothers, as well as counseling and legal services.

  • In 2012, Orphanage #4 closed, and the kids moved to institutions in the Zhytomyr region. As a result, Last Bell stepped up the timeline for the next phase of our vision: reaching out to trade schools in order to work with orphans in the whole Zhytomyr region.

  • In 2016, Last Bell introduced the Restoration Project, which combines renovated housing with job training.

  • Today, Last Bell serves over 350 young people through the work of seventeen Ukrainian staff, three U.S. staff, six board members, and hundreds of Last Bell friends!