Our Mission's Clergy
Fr. George Sharonoff (Rector)
Fr. George, our Rector, is a graduate of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary (B.A. and M.Div.) and served as Deacon and Subdeacon previously at our mission. He was ordained to the priesthood on Sept. 2/Sept. 15 7528 (2019) at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, by Bishop Luke. Fr. George is descended from White Army exiles from Communism in the post-Revolution Russian emigre community of Harbin in China. He grew up in Russian-American communities in northern California, including on the Russian River. His Matushka, Anna Sharonoff, is a professional musician who helps develop our mission's choir.
The Very Rev. Mitred Archpriest Claude Vinyard (Retired)
Our Rector Emeritus, Fr. Claude, is a long-time Orthodox priest, who, prior to becoming founding pastor of our mission, served a number of historic Orthodox parishes in Pennsylvania's coal region and elsewhere, including parishes in Mount Carmel and Centralia. His involvement in the parish renewal effort at Christ the Savior Church in Sugar Notch, PA, led directly to our establishment of the mission in Lewisburg. A native of Flint, MI, he is a graduate of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary, a former railroad conductor, and a U.S. Navy veteran and former VA Hospital Chaplain.
Subdeacon Kentigern Paul Siewers
Subdeacon Paul Siewers (Ph.D.) received a diploma in pastoral theology from St. John of Kronstadt Pastoral School (ROCOR Diocese of Mid America) in 7526 (2018). Faculty adviser to the Bucknell Orthodox Christian Fellowship, he was ordained Subdeacon by Bishop Luke at Jordanville in 7527 (2019), and tonsured Reader by Bishop Nicholas at Mayfield in 7525 (2017). A former Chicago newspaperman and now Literature Professor, he has helped organize conferences at Orthodox seminaries and co-edited and contributed to books about Orthodoxy and current issues. He and his family have lived in Lewisburg since 2002.