St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
980 Bridle Path Rd Bethlehem, PA. 18017
Orthodox Church in America

Welcome Father Ian Shipley!

Fr. Ian was born and raised in Santa Rosa, Ca. At the young age of 16 in answer to a heartfelt prayer, he discovered the Orthodox Faith and became a catechumen. After his baptism he traveled the country visiting Monasteries and helping with various missionary efforts. Fr. Ian settled in Maine, where he met his future wife Priscilla. Shortly after their wedding in 2001, they moved to California where Fr. Ian continued his education and worked in the electrical and solar industries for a number of years. In the fall of 2008 their family moved to South Canaan  Pa, where he attended St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary.  In May 2012 Fr. Ian graduated from St. Tikhon's  with a Master of Divinity. Previous to his assignment at St. Nicholas, Fr. Ian served as acting Rector at St. Andrew's Orthodox Church in Ashland, VA. He and his wife Mat. Priscilla have three children, Jessica, Evan and Lydia. 

Father Ian began his ministry at St. Nicholas Church on July 1, 2013

A Special Thanks!

L to R:  Hiermonk David Mahaffey, Mr. Paul Chernay, Sarah Jubinski, Sandi Keysock and Jack Monarek
L to R: Hiermonk David Mahaffey, Mr. Paul Chernay, Sarah Jubinski, Sandi Keysock and Jack Monarek
L to R: Hiermonk David Mahaffey, Mr. Paul Chernay, Sarah Jubinski, Sandi Keysock and Jack Monarek
God Bless You Paul Chernay

A special thank you goes to Mr. Paul Chernay for the generosity he has shown to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. The church's cupolas will be restored in gold and maintained for years thanks to the Betty Jo and Paul Chernay Trust Fund. 

Wishing Paul a blessed Christmas and a wonderful, peaceful and healthy new year. May God grant Paul many, many blessed years.

OCA News

Archbishop Tikhon elected Metropolitan of All America and Canada


Archbishop Tikhon, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, was elected Primate of the Orthodox Church in America during the 17th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America at Holy Trinity Church here Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

Six hundred and sixty three hierarchs, clergy and lay delegates and observers representing OCA parishes across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Alaska participated in the Council. Five hundred and ninety were eligible to vote.

The Council opened with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and, at noon, the plenary session.  After the celebration of a Service of Thanksgiving and the singing of the troparion invoking the Holy Spirit, Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, opened the plenary session.

“Christ grows brighter as we grow dimmer, as we approach the eternal light,” said His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See, in his opening address. “And it is within this context that we gather today for one purpose: to glorify Father, Son and Holy Spirit… and to elect the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.”

No single candidate received the required two-thirds margin on the first ballot. On the second ballot, His Eminence, Archbishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania and His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, received 317 and 355 votes respectively.

The members of the Holy Synod retired into the altar where they elected Archbishop Tikhon.

A photo gallery of Monday evening’s registration, Vespers and reception may be viewed here. A photo gallery of Tuesday’s Divine Liturgy and election may be viewed here. Additional information and photos will be posted as they become available.

Podcasts of the Council proceedings may be accessed on Ancient Faith Radio.

Much more information can be found at