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Kenyan priest holding the Gospel as the faithful venerate

Advancing the Gospel from Nigeria to Kenya

On opposite ends of the vast African continent, Nigeria and Kenya are extending an invitation to you, right now.  His Eminence Alexander (Nigeria) and Bishop Neophytos (Nyeri and Mt. Kenya) are asking you to help them advance the Gospel in their communities.  Are you ready to make a difference...

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St. Ansgar, Apostle of the North and Enlightener of Denmark and Sweden

Today, the church commemorates St. Ansgar, Apostle of the North and Enlightener of Denmark and Sweden!

St. Ansgar was born to nobility in France in 801. According to “Vita Ansgarii” (“Life of Ansgar”), written by St. Rimbert, he was pious from a young age, experiencing spiritual revelations that...

Family in Colombia

Sharing the Good News in Colombia and throughout the World!

We must “share the True Faith with every person who seeks the Church that preaches God’s love,” proclaims Fr. Rafael Padilla, the priest for a growing Orthodox parish in Cereté, Colombia, where there are over 100 catechumens. 

In 2019, immediately after the very successful first OCMC Mission Team...

The Candelario family, the Sarigianis family, and Elaine Piniat

Meet Our Missionaries Preparing for Deployment Overseas

Josef and Euphrosini Candelario, Elaine Piniat, and Steve and Theophani Sarigianis have a lot in common. Not only are they all preparing for OCMC missionary service, but they are doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Missionaries are responsible for raising support partners who make their service...

Archbishop Anastasios of Albania

From Coexistence to “Communion of Persons”

“You discover yourself essentially when you offer yourself,” writes His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios (Yannoulatos) of Albania in his book, Mission in Christ’s Way. Moved by these simple and powerful words, Elaine Piniat began her journey to become a long-term missionary. This act of discovery and...

Hank Hanegraaff and James Ssengunda

Connecting Uganda and the US

Anna Rozes, of Jacksonville, FL, was overcome with emotion and tears of joy when she learned of the impact her presentation had on youth in northern Uganda. She felt called to connect with the youth in Uganda after hearing a sermon given by OCMC Executive Director, Fr. Martin Ritsi, at her home...

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...