Staff Members

Warden: Kentigern Siewers

Treasurer: Cam Mazeski

Secretary: Jarred Beck

Children's Educator: Olesya Siewers

Members of the Clergy

The Very Rev. Mitred Archpriest Claude Vinyard

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, and is a U.S. Navy veteran and former VA Hospital Chaplain. Fr. Claude is now retired (his third retirement actually in his selfless service to the Orthodox Church!) but is still attending our mission and mentoring and providing assistance with services.

Fr. George Sharonoff

Fr. George, our Rector, is a graduate of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary and served as Deacon and Subdeacon previously at our mission, helping its development from the start under Fr. Claude's guidance. He was ordained to the priesthood on Sept. 2/Sept. 15 7528 (2019) at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. Fr. George is descended from White Army exiles from Communism in the post-Revolution Russian emigre community of Harbin in China, where our patron St. John served as Bishop in Shanghai. He grew up in Russian-American communities in northern California, and has been active in Orthodox life in Pennsylvania for a number of years. His Matushka, Anna Sharonoff, is a professional musician who helps develop our mission's choir.

Fr. Subdeacon Kentigern Paul Siewers

Fr. Subdeacon Paul Siewers received a diploma in pastoral theology from the St. John of Kronstadt Pastoral School (Diocese of Mid-America). Holding a Ph.D. in medieval literary studies, he also is faculty advisor to the Bucknell Orthodoxy Christian Fellowship. A native of Chicago, raised in Unitarianism and Christian Science, he converted to Orthodox Christianity and was baptized an Orthodox Christian in 1999. His academic work includes studies and teaching related to patristic Christianity and literature. He has helped organize conferences at Orthodox seminaries, and has co-edited and contributed to books about Orthodox perspectives on contemporary issues. A newspaperman before becoming an English Professor, he and his family have lived in Lewisburg since 2002.

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