Father Thomas is a native of Pittsburgh, holds degrees from Duquesne University, and attended St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood NY. He descends from a long line of Orthodox priests and church musicians. He oversees the work of the Departments of the Orthodox Church in America and he serves on the Diocesan Council of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. He's a frequent speaker in parishes on various spiritual topics including parish growth and leadership, 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.
Deacon John was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in 2021 by Archbishop Melchisedek and has been a member of St Nicholas since 2013. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he and his wife Kate have three daughters and one son. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a masters degree from Oxford University, and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a licensed attorney and practices law at a firm in downtown Pittsburgh.
Parish Council President
Melissa, a native of Pittsburgh, holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Formerly employed as the Assistant Director of Annual Programs at the University of Pittsburgh, besides managing a busy household, she currently assists the Departments of the Orthodox Church in America and is a Production Assistant for Ancient Faith Radio. A life-long Orthodox Christian, she and her husband, Nathan, have three children.