Gender Roles among Russian and Belarusian Pentecostals


  • Torsten Löfstedt Linnaeus University



Russia, Belarus, Pentecostals, Gender, Family


This is a study of the views that leading representatives of Pentecostal denominations in Russia and Belarus have regarding the roles of men and women in church and at home. Their views may be deemed traditional; they are convinced that women and men have unique roles given them by God. Ordained leadership positions in the church are reserved for men, and every husband is called to be “priest in the home”. While Pentecostals present the latter teaching as Biblical, I trace it back to St. Augustine. Russian Pentecostal gender roles are colored by Russian culture, but they differ from the surrounding culture in that Pentecostals give men greater responsibilities to care for their family. This may help explain the appeal of Pentecostalism to women, who are overrepresented in the denominations studied.

Author Biography

Torsten Löfstedt, Linnaeus University

Torsten Löfstedt is a senior lecturer in religious studies at the School of Cultural Studies, in Linnaeus University, Sweden. His main research interests are the Pentecostal movement in Russia and New Testament theology. Recent publications include “In Defence of the Scripture Principle: An Evangelical Reply to A.S. Khomiakov,” Evangelical Quarterly, 83 (2011), pp. 49–72 and “Religious Revival among Orthodox and Pentecostals in Russia: Causes and Limitations,” Religion, State & Society (forthcoming, 2012).


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How to Cite

Löfstedt, T. (2012). Gender Roles among Russian and Belarusian Pentecostals. PentecoStudies, 10(2), 174–195.




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