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 Peter Tobias, Attached
Father Peter was baptized as a Methodist in California at the age of 16 and, like Father Barnabas, subsequently explored various Protestant traditions. He first came into contact with the Orthodox Church in 1991 when his Vineyard pastor announced that he and the leadership were going to become Orthodox and invited the congregation to join them. Father Peter is a graduate of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary and served as Rector at St. Anthony Orthodox Mission in Bozeman, MT for eleven years. He and his wife, Maria, 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.
St. Katherine Orthodox Mission Parish Council
Back row (L-R): Fr. Peter Tobias, Fr. Barnabas Powell, Kevin Davison, Doug Phillips, Mike Adam
Front row (L-R): Jennifer Cutshall, Daria Hezel, Fr. Deacon Dumitru Nita
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.