Father Thomas is a native of Pittsburgh, and holds degrees from Duquesne University. He attended St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood NY. He descends from a long line of Orthodox priests and church musicians. He's a frequent speaker in parishes on various spiritual topics and directs the Pan-Orthodox Choir of Pittsburgh. Fr Thomas can also be heard regularly on Ancient Faith Radio and occasionally on local Christan radio. He and his wife, Matushka Joni Soroka, a native of Louisville KY, have three daughters.
Deacon Luke was ordained in 2016 to the Holy Diaconate by Archbishop Melchisedek and has been a member of St Nicholas Church since 2009. A life-long Orthodox Christian, he and his wife, Dr Ashley Loboda, have three sons and a daughter. He is a graduate of Ashland University (Ohio), earned a MA in American History and Government, and teaches in a local school district.
Matushka Janet, née Maksimoff, widow of the late Archpriest Michael Mihalick, was born into a musical Orthodox family. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Youngstown State University. Mat Janet was the director of St John's Girls Octet and a former music teacher at St Herman's Theological Seminary, Kodiak, Alaska.
Parish Council President
John is a native Pittsburgher and has been a member of St Nicholas for 10 years. He is an avid singer and member of both the parish and Pittsburgh Pan-Orthodox choirs. This is John's second round as Parish Council president. John is a convert to the Orthodox faith and a retired electrical engineer.