Orthodox Christian Church of the Holy Spirit
Orthodox Church in America - Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania
145 N. Kern St Beavertown PA, 17813
Our Clergy
His Beautitude Tikhon
Metropolitan

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada, is the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America. Born in 1966, he is the eldest of three children born to Francois and Elizabeth Mollard. He spent his childhood living in various places including Connecticut, France, and Missouri, before settling in Reading, PA, where he graduated from Wyomissing High School in 1984.


His Eminence Melchisedek
Archbishop

His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek, was born Thomas Alexander Pleska, in 1942.  His father, Alexander Peter Pleska, was born in Byelorussia near Brest-Litovsk, and immigrated with his parents to the US in 1925.  His mother Johanna (Eugenia Stachuk) Pleska was born in Cleveland, Ohio, of Ukrainian immigrant parents, and baptized in St. Theodosius Cathedral.


Fr. David Smith
Priest
(570)-600-2246 (Phone)
frdavid@holyspirit-oca.org

Fr. David found Orthodoxy as an ordained Lutheran minister after 20 years of service. He was drawn to Orthodox Christianity because of his love of liturgical worship and the unchanging Orthodox Faith. Fr. David completed the St. Stephen's Course of Studies. In 2013, Pastor David Smith was ordained to the Diaconate and on June 18, 2016, Fr. David was ordained to the Holy Priesthood and was appointed Assistant Rector of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and Priest-in-Charge of the Chapel.


Dn. John Kerstetter
Deacon
dnjohn@holyspirit-oca.org

Dn. John first encountered Holy Orthodoxy as an undergraduate student of Biblical Languages and Theology. He was raised in the United Methodist Church, and post-college, served as a Youth Pastor, then Pastor of Administration, at a local non-denominational parish for the better part of five years, before Christ led him to the Chapel. Dn. John believes that the fullness of faith, doctrine, worship, and Christian spirituality can only be found in Orthodoxy,and encourages all who are yearning for a depth and authenticity of Christian experience to "Come and see!" Dn. John was baptized into the Orthodox Faith, along with his wife, Mka. Irene (Elya), in 2017; tonsured a Reader in 2018; and ordained to the Holy Diaconate in May of 2023. Dn. John enjoys singing, painting holy icons, teaching catechesis, preaching on occassion, and encouraging the faithful in their Christian mission.

"Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant [diakonos]. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave-just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" (Matt 20:26-28).