On Sunday, Dec. 8th 2013 Deacon Joel Wilson (STOTS 2012) was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop Alexander of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) at St. Thomas Orthodox Church in Springfield, MO.
The newly ordained Father Joel will serve at Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Mission recently established in Rolla, MO.
Three readers were also tonsured, Micah Wilson (of St. Stephen the Firstmartyr in Crawfordsville, IN), Nicholas Stanford, and Matthew Siegmann (both of St. Thomas).
Other clergy in attendance included: Fr. Michael Kuzara, Igumen Sergius (Bowyer) (STOTS 2005), Fr. David Rucker, Fr. Andrew Moore, Fr. Moses Berry, and Fr. Timothy Sawchak.
On behalf of the entire St. Tikhon's Community we would like to offer a very special thank you to Fr. Joel for his many years of continued service to both the Seminary and the Monastery. Fr. Joel was instrumental in the production of many of the publications produced by St. Tikhon's over the past several years as well as the redesign of the Seminary Website. His boundless energy and enthusiasm will be sorely missed.
May God bless the newly ordained Fr. Joel Wilson and his family as they begin the next phase of their public ministry.