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
Mary Hughes became Orthodox at the Feast of Theophany, 2004. She grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania. She earned a master's degree in English from SUNY-Albany in 2000 and is presently attending the Community College of Allegheny County, pursuing a nursing degree. She lives in Polish Hill with her husband Frank and enjoys hiking with her dog and reading 19th-century fiction and history, especially Russian history. She is honored to serve St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.