Priest John Cook, Rector
Father John is a convert to Orthodoxy with 15 years in ministry. He and his wife Matushka Tamara live in the Ruther Glen area. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theological Studies and a Masters in Divinity. Fr. John also served as a Chaplain in the Maryland Defense Force supporting the Maryland National Guard he also served in the US Army as an IT Engineer. A bi-vocational priest, he works as a Computer Systems Engineer in Northern Virginia.
Sub-Deacon David Johnson
A 1982 graduate of the University of Alabama, Sub-Deacon David was raised as an Episcopalian. Interestingly, the parish priest who catechized David, was ordained as an Orthodox priest in 2000. David served as both a licensed lay reader and “in the altar”, in various Anglican communities through the years. Sub-Deacon David’s own journey to Orthodoxy began in 2003, (lots of reading, and occasional Orthodox service attendance), and meandered through several traditional Anglo-Catholic communities until his Chrismation into Holy Orthodoxy in 2016. David was tonsured as a reader and ordained as a Sub-Deacon by Metropolitan Hilarion in February, 2017. He lives and works in the Richmond (Va.) area with his wife of 27 years, 2 “20-ish” children (aka Thing 1 and Thing 2), and 2 schnauzers. He is a regular contributor to the parish Facebook page(s) and helps to compile the various weekly printed materials as needed.