Protestants: A Church for Moscow

"Christianity begins in the home," says the Rev. Donald V. Roberts, 36, and for him it is literally true. Last week Presbyterian Roberts conducted dedication services at the first American Protestant church ever organized in Moscow: one room of his new apartment, near Moscow University and the Red Chinese embassy. About 75 people crowded into "Christ Church" for the ceremony, and U.S. Ambassador Foy Kohler and Britain's Sir Humphrey Trevelyan read Scripture lessons.

Formerly pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Tonawanda, N.Y., Roberts in 1962 became the first Protestant chaplain ever assigned to Moscow's U.S. colony. With his wife...

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