About the Chapel

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“The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant.
It is orthodox, but not Jewish.
It is catholic, but not Roman.
It isn’t non-denominational – it is pre-denominational.
It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for
the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago.”


Chapel faithful gather outside their temporary spiritual home at 350 Old Orchard Drive in Beavertown.

The Orthodox Chapel of the Holy Spirit took root in 2008 when several lifelong and long-term residents of western Snyder County began holding a monthly Orthodox Christian vespers service and Bible study under the spiritual care of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in State College. Within months, this developed into regular Sunday gatherings for prayer and teaching.

In Fall 2009, Priest Basil Biberdorf was assigned to minister to the chapel. With his arrival, a monthly Sunday Divine Liturgy was added, with Great Vespers (an evening prayer service) served the night before. The service schedule was expanded to two Sunday liturgies each month in January 2011, and now include a minimum of three weekend cycles each month.

To show its commitment to Snyder County, the Chapel has participated in local community events, including the Beaver Springs Oktoberfest and the Selinsgrove Market Festival since 2009. We want to expand this witness even further in the coming months through participation in community events and, more importantly, by serving our community through prayer and good works.

The Chapel outgrew its first meeting space—the dining room of Father David Smith—and has moved into a new church building in Beavertown.

At the present time, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit is the only permanent Orthodox Christian community in Snyder County. It is currently administered by Fr. David Smith, who was ordained by Archbishop Melchisedek to serve and grow the Chapel. It continues as a ministry of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in State College, and as such is part of the Orthodox Church in America‘s Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.