As you navigate this website we invite you to learn more about Orthodox Christianity, our missionary efforts to establish an Orthodox Christian church in the Joplin area, and the people involved in these efforts. We also hope that you wil come and join us at Divine Liturgy, that you too may experience the words of the psalmist David and, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)
About The Orthodox Church
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’s pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost 2,000 years ago.Learn more about Orthodoxy on oca.org »
Our Bishop: The Right Reverend Alexander
Raised at Saint Innocent Church, Tarzana, CA, Bishop Alexander received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He spent seven years pursuing doctoral studies at Oxford University in England under His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos [Ware]. During this time, he also spent two years in Greece, including one year at Simonos Petras Monastery on Mount Athos… Continue reading »
Our Priest: Fr. Michael Kuzara
Fr. Michael has been a convert to the Orthodox Christian faith for 25 years, and an ordained priest of the Orthodox Church of America (OCA) for 12 years. He has served as a civilian Chaplain at Fort Leonard Wood in Rolla, MO, and was attached to the altar of The Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Madison, IL, before moving to the Joplin area with his wife Barbara, in 2011. Fr. Michael and Mat. Barbara have been married for 32 years, have three adult daughters, and lived and worked in the St. Louis area for all their adult lives until moving to Joplin.
We are an apostolic expression of the early christian church to go forth into all the world bringing the fullness of faith by means of preaching the gospel and traditions of the ancient Christian church.
We are primarily a church of converts who have found a renewal of our faith through the fullness of the faith that always existed since the day of Pentecost, based on the salvific work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As is the case with most of us, our faith needs shoe leather so we can walk as Jesus walks. The Orthodox Church has given us the ability to express the heavenly here on earth. By means of the Divine Liturgy and the other mysteries (sacraments), grace is received by the believers to incorporate the life of Jesus in our daily actions.
Our goal is to evangelize the Joplin area through exposing people to the living word of the Ancient Christian Church, providing the history and teaching of the early church fathers as they were first taught by the Apostles, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. In the eyes of the Lord, what is true has always been true, and unchanging. What was pertinent for the Ancient Church is still true today. We do not need to reinvent our faith, but only live it. Our prayer is to bless freely and generously all who come with a thirst for the Truth. We invite you to “come and see that the Lord is good” so by the grace of God you may be fed as the early church was fed, and nurtured by his unceasing love.