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Born: Apr 12, 1926

Date of Passing: May 20, 2021

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John was born on April 12, 1926, in Korolowka, Western Ukraine, to very devoted Christian parents, Bazyl and Anna Tkachuk. From his early childhood John's dream was to go to America, get a good education and make a successful life. However, before any of his dreams were realized, the Second World War affected his entire outlook on life.
In 1944, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. He was baptized in the Bug River. His mission was to share his faith with others. During the war, John was in a labour camp in Germany. He experienced malnutrition and mistreatment, but his prayers and strong faith in God's protection enabled him to survive the difficulties of the camp. It was during that time that John promised to dedicate his life to the service of God.
After the war, John attended a Bible college in Germany that led him to visit a number of displacement camps where he shared the Good News with hundreds of people. Yet, he was still determined to go to America. While many of his friends were returning to their native homeland, John set his eyes on America. In 1947 an opportunity came for him to immigrate to Canada to work in the northern Ontario forests. John thought the job was close to America, so he took the offer.
In 1948 John settled in Winnipeg and got a job at The Christian Press as a line-type operator. He began learning the English language and saving money for his education. One year later he attended McMaster University and Divinity School in Hamilton to study for the church ministry. During his undergraduate studies he met his loving bride-to-be, Aura Todoruk. On May 12, 1951 they were married. Aura became his devoted partner in life and a great help with his ministry.
In 1954 John accepted a call from the Hyas Baptist Church in Saskatchewan to be their pastor. He was ordained to the ministry by the Baptist Union of Western Canada. In order to provide sufficient support for his family and to carry on his ministry to small churches of Ukrainian background, John had to find some kind of additional employment. The family now included children Leslene, Dan and Robin.
John and Aura prayed seeking God's direction. The answer came, when in 1957, under the auspices of the Government of Saskatchewan, John was able to attend the University of Toronto School of Social Work. Upon the completion of his training, he returned to Saskatchewan to work for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation in Saskatoon. Here, daughter Sherri joined the family. At that time, the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Saskatoon was in need of a pastor. John was invited to fill that position. In order not to burden the church financially, he served on a voluntary basis. He asked the church to begin a weekly radio program where he would be able to reach the community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In I962 John accepted employment with the Federal Government in Regina as the Supervisor of Social Welfare. Three years later he was promoted to a position of the Assistant Regional Director for Health and Welfare Canada in Winnipeg. While in Winnipeg, he was called to serve the church in Roseau River and he also continued the radio ministry.
In I982, John accepted a call to be the pastor of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Winnipeg. Again, he served the church on voluntary basis but asked the church to continue supporting the radio broadcasts which lasted for a total of 18 years. On behalf of the Ukrainian Baptist Conference, the Winnipeg church sent parcels to Ukraine with literature, clothing and medicine. Over a period of six years John packed and sent thousands of Christian books to churches, individuals and the Baptist Headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine.
John enjoyed working with people in his dual capacity, as an administrator in the Department of Health and Welfare and as a pastor. He retired from the public service after 31 years of service and retired from the active ministry after serving faithfully his Lord and Saviour for 45 years.
John served as the president of the Ukrainian Baptist Convention of Canada and the Ukrainian Baptist Conference of Western Canada. He travelled to Russia and Ukraine several times and preached in many churches, including churches in Moscow and Kiev. He was awarded a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Seminary in Kiev, Ukraine, for his pastoral and literary work "The Universal History of Christianity", published and distributed in Ukraine. This was a history of Christianity from its beginning, through the Middle Ages, to the time of the Reformation, written in the Ukrainian language. He also authored two books: "The Christian Family" and "The Journey to America".
John loved camping and enjoyed being out in nature. He spent time travelling with his family, visiting many places in Canada, USA and Ukraine. His family especially enjoyed the trips to Expo, Disney World, and even Ukraine. He loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, always patient and attentive, and ever the storyteller. In 2009 John remarried and shared many wonderful interests with his wife Ada Hart Tkachuk. He was a loving and caring husband. He was a compassionate pastor and servant, always concerned for the welfare of others.
John died peacefully on May 20, 2021. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Aura, after sharing 57 wonderful years together, his parents, his brothers, Nick and Steven, sister Stella Petryk and daughter Robin Cassils. John is survived and lovingly remembered by his devoted wife Ada, daughter Leslene (Jay) Cassel, son Dan (Pat) Tkachuk, daughter Sherri (Mel) Reimer and son-in-law Craig Cassils; by his grandchildren Jill (Chris) Giesbrecht, Elizabeth Cassel, Michael Cassils (Jake Saurette), Catherine Cassel and Madison Reimer; and by great-grandchildren Jordan, Megan and Ryder Giesbrecht. He will also be remembered by his nieces and nephews, the Hart family, and many friends.
The family extends their sincere thanks and deepest gratitude to the staff of Meadowood Manor. John will be remembered at a private family burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to Meadowood Manor Foundation Inc. 102-575 St. Anne's Rd., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 5B2

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 29, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Pastor John Tkachuk married us on Sept. 5, 1970, in Ukrainian Baptist Church in Wpg. On our Silver Wedding Anniversary, Sept 5, 1995, we reaffirmed our Wedding Vows, with Pastor Tkachuk officiating the ceremony. Pastor Tkachuk and Ada helped us celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary on Sept. 5, 2010 on Barker Blvd. Winnipeg. Pastor Tkachuk came with me to Grace Hospital, to witness to my Mother when she was very ill. God used him to pray with my Mother in Polish and she received the Lord as her personal Saviour. Pastor Tkachuk was our beloved Pastor, Mentor and a faithful Christian Friend. - Posted by: Roman and Maria Kohoot (John Tkachuk was our Pastor in Roseau River Baptist Church) on: Jun 06, 2021

  • Many memories of Rev. Tkachuk visiting with my parents Alex & Mary Piatocha. So sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Ryan & Darlene Ziegenhagel (Piatocha) (Friend) on: May 30, 2021

  • Rev. John Tkachuk was a gentle, soft spoken and encouraging pastor. After his sermon one felt loved by God. His understanding of God was mercy - and mercy shall he receive. Well done, good and faithful servant! Waldemar - Posted by: Waldemar (Former Church Member) on: May 29, 2021

  • My condolences to Sherri and the family. I knew John as “my best friends Dad”-a kind and gentle soul that raised a beautiful daughter. He touched the lives of many and will always be remembered and sadly missed. Gods peace to all of you.❤️ - Posted by: Teresa Yurkowski (Friend) on: May 29, 2021

  • My condolences to the family. I new Rev. John for most of my life. He was a good, Christian man. He certainly will be missed. - Posted by: Eugene Romanec (friend) on: May 29, 2021

  • Our condolences on behalf of the Melnyk family. Pastor John was a wonderful friend and faithful minster for the Lord. - Posted by: Nick Melnyk (Friend) on: May 29, 2021

  • My wife and I loved John! He was a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus! He encouraged me so many times! He is now home! Ada we will be praying for you! Dave and Darlene Holland - Posted by: Dave and Darlene Holland (Former Chaplain of Meadowood Manor) on: May 29, 2021

  • Ada, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences to you and your family. With love and prayers, Nancy - Posted by: Nancy Zeilstra (Friend) on: May 29, 2021

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