On the Feast of the Transfiguration, Archbishop Peter visited St. Jonah Orthodox Church in Spring, Texas, and served the Hierarchical Liturgy. Fr. Alexander (Reichert) (who was a long time member of St. Jonah, but now at Ss. Sergius and Herman in Houghton, Michigan); Fr. Dcn. Alexander Petrovsky (of St. George Orthodox Church, Cincinatti, Ohio); and Fr. Dcn. Nicholas Park (of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas), came to concelebrate.
At the Small Entrance, Fr. Benigno Pardo was awarded the nabedrennik and the kamilvka. After the Great Entrance, Vladika ordained Deacon David Companik as a presbyter. Fr. David was born in San Bernardino, CA in 1987. Prior to his conversion, he was raised in the Reformed Presbyterian Confession. He was baptized in 2007, at St. Jonah, was married to Genevieve (Jennifer) in 2010, and they have 3 children (Jonah, Daniel, and Christina). He was ordained a deacon in 2012, and is a real estate agent.
After the Anaphora, Vladika ordained subdeacon David (Logan) Shephard as a deacon. Fr. Dcn. David was born in Michigan in 1989 and grew up attending St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church in Fenton, MI. He started serving as an altar boy at the age of 6 and was tonsured into the clergy as a reader at 14. Fr. David and his wife Sara married in 2014 and moved to North Carolina, shortly after which Fr. David was ordained to the subdiaconate. After two years of graduate study in chemistry they moved to Houston, where Fr. David is currently employed as a chemist with ExxonMobil. In February of this year Mat. Sara gave birth to their first child, a son named Luke.
Congratulations to the newly ordained Fathers David, and may God grant them both many years of service to the Church.
Archpriest John Whiteford
St. Jonah Orthodox Church