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OCMC Interviews: Meet Anastasia Pamela Barksdale!

OCMC Interviews: Meet Anastasia Pamela Barksdale!

Join us for the sixth episode of our OCMC Interviews series on January 25 at 6pm EST!

In this episode, we interview Anastasia Pamela Barksdale, a missionary in Albania. Join us for a fascinating and inspiring conversation about the work of the Orthodox Church worldwide.

As always, if you join...

Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak and Jason Sterling

New Finance Director & Missionary Recruitment Officer Join OCMC

After a nationwide search, OCMC is pleased to announce the filling of two critical positions at the Mission Center in St. Augustine, Florida: Jason Sterling as Finance Director and Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak as Missionary Recruitment Officer. “To be able to add to our OCMC team two people of the...

Archbishop Anastasios and the children's choir on Christmas, 2019

Christmas in the Mission Field

Christians around the world gather to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ with some traditions that are foreign to us, and others that are surprisingly familiar. OCMC Missionaries to Albania, Fr. Stephanos and Presbytera Alexandria Ritsi, along with their two children love the wonderful...

2019 Colombia mission team

Help Colombians Find the True Faith!

In Colombia, where Orthodoxy is mainly unknown, a parish community of 300 faithful in the town of Cereté has sprung up and is flourishing. Fr. Rafael Padilla, the parish priest, wants to “share the True Faith with every person who seeks the Church that preaches God’s love.” With the blessings of His...

Uganda virtual team participants

Uganda Youth Leaders Strengthened by OCMC Virtual Event

Overjoyed by the success of a two-day virtual event attended by over 20 youth leaders in his diocese, His Grace Bishop Silvester of Gulu and Eastern Uganda remarked, “We are grateful for all your initiative for our Orthodox Church’s growth and development. We are humbled by this experience.” He went...

Fr. Jerome, Fr. Robert, and participants in the retreat in Ghana

Historic Ghana Clergy Stewardship Retreat

Over a period of three days, from Nov. 19-21, history was made in Ghana when eleven local clergy gathered at the Archdiocese center in the capital city of Accra to participate in a virtual retreat on Stewardship conducted by OCMC team members in the United States. His Eminence Metropolitan Petros of...

OCMC Interviews: Meet the Chakos Family

OCMC Interviews: Meet Father John and Presbytera Alexandra Chakos!

Join us for the fifth episode of our OCMC Interviews series on November 30 at 8pm EST!

In this episode, we will interview Fr. John and Pres. Alexandra Chakos, a missionary couple with decades of experience in the mission field. Join us for a fascinating and inspiring conversation about the work...

SAMP Month

We Tripled Our SAMP Month Goal!

We designated this past October as Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) Month and asked our social media and online followers to help us raise $3,600 for the benefit of mission priests. You and our online community not only enabled us to meet our goal, but through your incredible generosity, we raised...

The late Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh

Metropolitan Maximos and the Indonesian Mission

Metropolitan Maximos of blessed memory was a strong supporter of missions, especially in Indonesia.

When the first inquiries into Orthodoxy began in the mid-eighties, a young convert to the Church maintained an active correspondence with a group of young men in his country. It was Maximos who...

2014 Ghana Team member, Fr. William Bennett shares what it means to “be a good teacher”’

Ghana Virtual Team Success

In the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, OCMC was faced with the reality that sending traditional Orthodox Mission Teams would not be possible for the foreseeable future. Knowing how mission teams touch people’s lives, OCMC began developing Virtual Teams, utilizing technology to connect...

Gabriela Hoppe creating online lessons

Hoppes Begin Virtual Ministries During Lockdowns

When COVID-19 caused Albania to lock down, OCMC Missionaries Nathan and Gabriela Hoppe had to get creative to continue their work. Though their ministries suddenly became much more difficult, they were also more necessary than ever.

The use of public and private transportation was banned in major...

SAMP priest reading

9 Days Left in Support A Mission Priest (SAMP) Month

Every month OCMC supports mission priests throughout the world and designates October as Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) Month! These priests  constantly strive to share the Gospel of Christ - but they can’t do it without our help. We have only 9 days left in SAMP Month, and we need your help to...

OCMC Staff and Board

OCMC Job Openings: Director of Finance; Missionary/Recruitment Officer

Director of Finance

Make a difference with your life! The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is seeking to fill the position of Finance Director. Join us as part of the Senior Management team and head of our Finance Department as we change lives around the world. We have a close-knit staff...

Team Cardinal, Trekking on their bikes!

OCMC 2020 Trek4Missions Great Success!

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Romans 10:15) 

Thirty-three teams, consisting of 226 participants, pedaled, walked, ran, and swam a total of 20,114 miles to support OCMC’s efforts to bring the Good News of Christ’s Gospel to the ends of the earth! Their collective...

Dan Christopulos

Introducing OCMC's New Development Director - Dan Christopulos!

After a nationwide search, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) announces the appointment of Daniel (Dan) Christopulos as Director of Development. Christopulos will be responsible for managing all aspects of fundraising and communications efforts at OCMC. Dan is not unknown to the Orthodox...

Dn. Thomas Manual with his wife and child

Congratulations to Dn. Thomas Manuel for His Ordination!

This past Saturday, our missionary Thomas Manuel was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America! Axios!

Dn. Thomas' ordination was originally scheduled for last this past May, but it was delayed due to the outbreak of COVID...

Frs. Martin and Stephanos in the 2019 Trek4Missions

Go the Distance with the 2020 Virtual Trek4Missions

Calling all walkers, runners, cyclists, swimmers, kayakers, and more...It is time to GO into the world to share the faith! This summer, we are inviting you to join our interactive event, the 2020 Virtual Trek4Missions, held from August 9 to September 14.

Missionary saints since the time of the...

OCMC website on computer screen

Coming Soon! A New OCMC Website and Mobile App!

We are very excited to announce the upcoming launch of our new OCMC website! Over the past several years, we’ve come to realize that, while our existing systems have served us well, we can do better. To that end, behind the scenes here at OCMC, we’ve been working hard on our brand-new website!

As...

Mr. Charles Constantine Condes

Through the Hands of the Faithful, God Provides

As the outbreak of COVID-19 reached its peak and many were beginning to wonder what the future would hold, OCMC was blessed by receiving a sizable bequest from the estate of Mr. Charles Constantine Condes. Charles fell asleep in the Lord in 2016.

Mr. Condes was born in Chicago, the third son of...

Elaine Piniat

Introducing Elaine Piniat!

This Friday, May 8, we’ll be interviewing another of our newest missionaries live: Elaine Piniat! Elaine is currently preparing to serve in Sweden and has had a remarkable journey that has led her to follow God’s calling to serve as a missionary.

While she initially drew back from the idea of...

His Grace Bishop Neofitos of Nyeri, Kenya

Good News: Your GivingTuesdayNow Donations Will Be Matched!

Just a few days ago, we announced that we'd strive to raise $2,000 by next Tuesday (May 5) for GivingTuesdayNow. Since then, we’ve already been approached by an anonymous donor that offered to match gifts up to $5,000!

Thanks to our donor’s immense generosity, all of your contributions will now...

Priest from the Metropolis of Singapore

Help Support Mission Priests Affected by COVID-19 for GivingTuesdayNow!

With the rapid spread of COVID-19, we’ve all had to make major changes and sacrifices in our lives. We can no longer go to church in person, we can only see friends and family online, and many of us have lost our jobs. As hard as we have all been hit, we also need to remember our brothers and...

Josef and Effy Candelario

Introducing the Candelarios!

This Holy Week, we're all disappointed about not being able to celebrate Christ’s passion and resurrection in church, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a silver lining, however – and that is that this is perhaps the first time in history where most of our churches were able to quickly respond...