Category Archives: Contributors

Volume 6, Number 1: Authors and Contributors

Fr. David Wooten is a priest in the OCA Diocese of the South. He is currently involved in reading seven books at one time, as he is wont to do.

Nathan Jekel grew up in Camp Hill, PA. He is a member of Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA and studies Mathematics Education at Penn State University, Capitol Campus. He also enjoys, reading, music and puns.

Catherine Addington is currently studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her writing has appeared in “The American Conservative”, “First Things”, and “NYU Local.” She will graduate with a B.A. in Latin American Studies from New York University in May 2015. 

Fr. David L. Bozeman is rector of Saint Nektarios Mission in Waxahachie, TX. He was formally an English teacher and is currently also the father of two high-school aged boys. 

Volume 5: Number 6 Authors and Contributors

Mr Alexander Titus is a second-year Master of Arts student at St Vladimir’s Seminary. With a background in Classics, he hopes to continue on to do doctoral studies, eventually serving the Church as a teacher, researcher, and translator. His academic interests include philosophy, systematic theology, historical East-West relations, and Greek as well as Latin patristics. Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Alexander lives with his wife, Nina, and son Edmund.

Mr Andrew Boyd is the Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry for the Orthodox Church in America. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut’s School of Business and the Master’s of Divinity program at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He works in corporate communications in New York City and is a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Jersey City, NJ. 

Priest David C. Rucker attended Asbury College in Kentucky earning a B.A. in Education and Missions, and later an M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife Mat. Rozanne have done missionary work in  Colombia, Japan and China and are currently assisting in the training of leadership for 40,000 new Orthodox Christians in over 100 new churches in Guatemala and southern Mexico. They were chrismated in the Evangelical Orthodox Church in 1995 and planted a mission parish which was received into the Orthodox Church in America in February 2002. Fr. David was ordained to the Priesthood in June of that same year. When not in Central America, the Ruckers teach and speak in parishes and conferences across the USA, for the edification of local parishes.

 

Wonder Volume 5: Issue 5 Authors and Contributors

The Rev. Dr. Richard Flom, M.D., a graduate of St Tikhon’s Seminary (M.Div) Fr Richard is currently an OCA priest attached to St Mary’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, MN.  He and his wife Mat. Cassiane (Tatiana Flom, MD) are both medical doctors by trade, and have and have journeyed extensively both geographically and spiritually, from membership in a Protestant Church, through the Cursillo and Charismatic movements, into Eastern Orthodoxy. Now retired from the medical profession, Fr Richard and Mat Cassiane are both highly active in the faithful communities in the Minneapolis / St Paul area.

Priest Dustin Lyon is a sixth generation Iowan serving at St. Elias Church in Dubuque, IA. He is a graduate of St. Vladimir’s Seminary (’11), and holds a Master’s Degree in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri (’08). Saved by Beauty, a book he co-authored about the iconography of Sister Mary Charles, was released this summer. He currently lives with his wife and two Siamese cats. 

Mr Harrison Russin is from the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, and is a recent graduate of St. Vladimir’s Seminary,holding a Master of Divinity.  Harrison is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Duke University in Durham, NC.

Deacon Jason Ketz lives with his wife and four children in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN, and is a deacon at Saint Mary’s (OCA) Cathedral in Minneapolis. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and is a bio-medical engineer at a medical device company. He is the editor of this blog.

 

Vol 5: No 4 Authors and Contributors

Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in Systematic Theology at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds a D.Phil in Theology from Oxford University. Check out his podcast on Ancient Faith Radio, “Sweeter than Honey”, and his book of the same name.

Rev. Theophan Whitfield is the rector of St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Salem, MA.  With degrees in philosophy from Princeton and Columbia, he was a teacher of mathematics and the history of science before entering St Vladimir’s Seminary, from which he graduated in 2010.  When he is not busy explaining to witches that Christians have been blessing water, homes, and graves for 2000 years, he enjoys exploring the North Shore of Boston with his wife, Matushka Manna, and three daughters.

Deacon Jason Ketz lives with his wife and four children in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN, and is a deacon at Saint Mary’s (OCA) Cathedral in Minneapolis. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and is a bio-medical engineer at a medical device company. He is the editor of this blog. 

Dean Theophilos is a graduate of St John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Addiction Studies through the Hazelden School in Minnesota. Dean works as an alcohol and drug counselor with Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, and attends St George Greek Orthodox Church in St. Paul, MN.

Leigh-Ann Des Roches completed undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin: La Crosse. She holds a Masters in Addiction Studies from Hazelden School, and also works as a drug and alcohol counselor for the Hazelden clinic.  Leigh-Ann grew up worshiping at the Wayzata Evangelical Free Church, and is expecting to be baptized at St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral this summer.

Volume 5: Number 3 Authors and Contributors

Protodeacon Peter Danilchick was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in 1975. He is presently attached to The Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church, Falls Church, Virginia, Romanian Episcopate, OCA.  He is presently a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVS), Crestwood NY. Protodeacon Peter holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and Syracuse University, respectively, and has attended the International Management Program at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. He has 33 years of operations, planning, and general management experience with Exxon Mobil Corporation. Protodeacon Peter and his wife Tanya reside in Oakton, Virginia, and have three children and eight grandchildren.

Mrs Elizabeth Ketz lives in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN with her husband and three children.  Growing up in Arizona, Elizabeth attended Arizona State University where she received a B.S. in Kinesiology. Since moving to Minnesota in 2004, she has nearly a decade of experience in coordinating and running fitness and exercise programs for the elderly at three locations in the Twin Cities metro area. 

Mr Andrew Boyd is the Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry for the Orthodox Church in America. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut’s School of Business and the Master’s of Divinity program at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He works in corporate communications in New York City and is a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Jersey City, NJ. 

Mr Nathaniel Kostick is a student at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. In addition to his studies, Nathaniel is the sacristan and a church school teacher at St Mary’s Cathedral in Minneapolis.

 

 

 

Volume 5: Number 2 Authors and Contributors

Michael Soroka, originally from Ohio, is a graduate of St Vladimir’s Seminary in NY, holding a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology. A Husband and father, Michael is now employed by the Seminary’s Bookstore. 

Deacon Jason Ketz lives with his wife and three children in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN, and is a deacon at Saint Mary’s (OCA) Cathedral in Minneapolis. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and is a bio-medical engineer at a medical device company. He is the editor of this blog. 
Richard Ajalat has a Bachelor’s degree from St Mary’s College in California and a Master of Divinity from St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Born in Lebanon during the war, he grew up in Los Angeles, CA, attending St Nicholas Antiochian Cathedral there. Richard is an ordained Subdeacon and the Youth Director at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St Mary in Livonia, MI.
Rebekah Moll is a parishioner at St. Mary’s Cathedral (OCA) in Minneapolis, MN and is a high school English teacher. She has a Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota. She is married and the proud mother of a one year old daughter.
 

Volume 5: Number 1 Authors and Contributors

Fr John Vitko is currently the rector of St. Luke Orthodox Church in McLean, VA.  This is a ‘second career’ for him, so he likes to describe himself as a older “new priest”.  With a Ph.D in Physics, for the first 35 years of his career  Fr. John worked as a researcher and manager for a Department of Energy laboratory — then he took “somewhat early retirement”, went to seminary and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2009.  In his words, he feels especially blessed to have been able to pursue both his childhood dreams — that of being a priest and that of being a physicist. He loves parish life and his parishioners.

Fr Benjamin Tucci resides in Minneapolis with his wife Lisa and their son Philip. An alumnus of St Tikhon’s Seminary, Fr Ben is currently the assistant priest and youth director of St Mary’s Cathedral in Minneapolis.

Ms Susan Lickwar Lukianov lives with her husband in Ansonia, CT and attends Three Saints Orthodox Church (OCA) and Presentation of Christ into the Temple, Stratford, CT (ROCOR). An elementary school educator by trade, Susan holds a BA from Connecticut College and a MA from Columbia University. She has taught all grades K-6 and also trains other teachers in the teaching of mathematics and writing/compiling the elementary curriculum. Says Susan, “In my free time she truly enjoy all aspects of choir and Liturgical Music. I also enjoy working with the youth in our extended church community-we all love to sing together!”

Ms Catherine (Catie) Golitzin studies Italian at Pepperdine University, where she helped start an OCF this year. She attends St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Tarzana, CA and is involved in the Youth Equipped to Serve Program of FOCUS North America (Fellowship of Orthodox Christian United to Serve). She hopes to study Comparative Literature after graduation, teach literature at a middle or high school, and engage in youth ministry or missions work.

Vol 4: No 10 Authors and Contributors

Deacon Nicholas Roth is a third-year seminarian at St Vladimir’s Seminary, from the OCA’s Diocese of the South.  He graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2001 with Bachelor of the Arts degrees in Sociology and Philosophy. He served in the US Army for ten years, including two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Upon graduation, he plans to return to the Diocese of the South and serve the Church.

Deacon Jason Ketz  is an alumni of St Vladimir’s Seminary and a deacon at St Mary’s Cathedral in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN.  Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, and in addition to his work at St Mary’s, is employed  in the Quality department of a leading medical device company in the Minneapolis area.

Priest James Parnell, an alumni of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, is the pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church in Hartford, CT. An Iraq War Veteran with over a decade of military service, Fr James also serves as a Chaplain in the Connecticut Army National Guard, assigned to the 1-102nd Infantry Regiment. His MDiv thesis, “Growing from Dragon to Man: A Parish Resource for Reintegrating Orthodox Soldiers and Veterans Returning from War” is available on Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/169548480/Growing-from-Dragon-to-Man-A-Parish-Resource-for-Reintegrating-Orthodox-Soldiers-and-Veterans-Returning-from-War.

Vol 4: No 9 Authors and Contributors

Dn. Gregory Ealy  Originally from the Diocese of the South, Dn Gregory grew up at St. Stephen’s Orthodox Church near Orlando, FL. In 2007 he earned an M Div. and an MA in Liturgical Music from St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Currently he serves as Music Director at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, MN.

Ms Christina Andresen is the Chapter Relations Coordinator for Orthodox Christian Fellowship. She received her Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and her BA in English and Philosophy from Texas A&M University where she was very involved in OCF and her local parish. Christina now lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and daughter where they attend Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Mr Brad Vien is a second-year student at St Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY. Originally from Marietta, GA, Brad is a 2003 graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, KY and a 2008 graduate of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY with an M.A. in Philosophy. Prior to attending St Vladimir’s, he worked as an Instructor of Philosophy at both the University of Kentucky and Asbury.

Deacon Jason Ketz is an alumni of St Vladimir’s Seminary and a deacon at St Mary’s Cathedral in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN.  Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, and in addition to his work at St Mary’s, is employed  in the Quality department of a leading medical device company in the Minneapolis area.

Volume 4: Number 8 Authors and Contributors

Priest John Cox is Priest-in-Charge at Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Church (OCA) in Norfolk, VA. He is originally from Knoxville, TN where he was brought into Orthodoxy at St. George Greek Orthodox Church.  Fr John is a 2011 graduate of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, a husband, and father of four. 

Mr Simeon A Morbey is from Minneapolis, MN where he is a partner in the law firm of Morbey & Olsen, PLLP. He attends St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral in northeast Minneapolis.

Mr Andrew Boyd is the Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry for the Orthodox Church in America. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut’s School of Business and the Master’s of Divinity program at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He works in corporate communications in New York City.

Mr Harrison Russin is from the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, and is a recent graduate of St. Vladimir’s Seminary,holding a Master of Divinity.  Harrison is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Duke University in Durham, NC.