Volume 2 Number 5, Authors and Contributors

Khouria Krista West is an ecclesiastical tailor and the owner of Krista West Vestments (www.kwvestments.com).  She and her husband, Fr. Alban West, serve St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Portland, Oregon.  She is mother to three daughters and enjoys cooking and knitting in her spare time. She also hosts a podcast for Ancient Faith Radio, The Opinionated Tailor.

Fr. Joel David Weir is the acting rector at St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church in Crawfordsville, IN and Camp Priest at St. John’s Camp.  Fr. Joel graduated from St. Tikhon’s Seminary in 2010. He has served at St. Stephens since June of 2010, and lives in Crawfordsville with his wife, Presvytera Maria, and his two children, Ophelia and Liam. Fr. Joel writes occasionally, and even still plays his guitar sometimes.

Christopher Burkett has been photographing the landscape for 35 years, with the help of his wife, Ruth, as a way of implementing the blessings and grace he has received through the Orthodox Church. They are fortunate in being able to make a living selling Christopher’s hand made photographic prints which are sold in various photographic galleries across the country.For more information: christopherburkett.com. In New York City his work can be seen at the Michael Ingbar Gallery, 568 Broadway, New York, NY 10012; (212) 334-1100

Fr. Christopher Foley is the priest in charge at Holy Cross Orthodox Mission in High Point, NC.  After a career in hand painted furniture, house painting and rock and roll, he pursued studies at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and graduated with an M. Div. in 2006.  He is married to Matushka Carrie  and has four boys – Evan, Aiden, Jonas and Alexi which never allows for a dull moment.

Olga Poloukhine is an artist and iconographer from LaGrangeville, NY. She has art degrees from Rutgers and Columbia Universities. For several years she taught art in public schools throughout Westchester County, New York. She is a member of National Association of Woman Artists and a founding member of the Long Island Graphic Eye Gallery. She is currently a member of St. Gregory Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY. Her work can be viewed at her website here.