Regional Ministry Directors: Eastern Europe
Pavils was born in Latvia and grew up in a Christian home. Shortly after marrying Valentina, the young couple moved back to her native Ukraine and the pastor of their church encouraged Pavils to be involved in children’s ministry.
In 1992 Pavils helped start the Awana ministry in Ukraine. Since then he has have provided solid, consistent leadership and was promoted to National Director in 1999. Today Pavils serves as the Regional Ministry Director and under his leadership the Awana Leader-Based Strategy ministry model has been introduced in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. Pavils oversees the Awana ministry in five countries in this region where nearly 23,000 children attend Awana in 600 clubs weekly clubs.
Pavils and his wife Valentina have two grown daughters and live in Cherkassy, Ukraine. Residing in the Ukraine has not been easy, particularly over the last year. The Grigas have invested many years of training and mentoring into a staff of missionaries that work hard to build the ministry in this region of the world.