Our Clergy and Administration
Father Barnabas Powell, Rector
Father Barnabas was baptized as a Lutheran in Nebraska and investigated many churches as a youth, including Messianic Judaism, the United Methodist Church, Missouri Synod Lutheranism, the Baptist Church, the Assemblies of God, and Roman Catholicism. He discovered Orthodoxy at the age of 16, finding a home in the richness and beauty of the Church. He is a graduate of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, where he first met his wife, Elizabeth. They have three children.
Father Deacon Dumitru M. Nita
Deacon Dumitru was born and raised in Romania, immigrating to the United States in 2001. He works in the software industry. He and his wife, Miruna, have five children.
The Most Blessed Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada
His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, who is the primate of the Orthodox Church in America, was raised as an Episcopalian and converted to Orthodoxy at the age of 33. He entered a monastic community as a novice in 1990. He was elected Primate of the Orthodox Church in America in November 2012.
His Eminence BENJAMIN, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West
Bishop Benjamin, our diocesan bishop, converted to the Orthodox faith at 18 years old. He served as a choirmaster and deacon for years before being ordained to the priesthood at 43. He was elected in 2007 to lead the Diocese of the West.