For many years, St. Athanasius Orthodox Church in Nicholasville has maintained an active outreach to students at Berea College–which itself has always welcomed many students from historic Orthodox nations like Greece, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Ethiopia. In recent years, the St. Athanasius community has experienced growth along the I-75 Kentucky corridor, from London and Corbin in the south, to Berea and Richmond, further north. We also have a small Orthodox community in Somerset and in other areas across Southern Kentucky. With the blessing of Archbishop Alexander of Dallas and with much prayer, we are launching a Mission Station for this I-75 corridor in a central location, Berea. Our hope is to gather the many families and persons in this area, building on the youthful community we already have among Orthodox Fellowship at Berea College. With God’s help, we hope to see our mission grow into a full-fledged Orthodox parish in due time–and to serve as a foundation for establishing Orthodox missions towards both the east and the south. We are pleased to welcome Orthodox Christians from all backgrounds–and particularly to be a place where local people (who are not yet Orthodox) might encounter the living apostolic Orthodox Christian Faith!
After enjoying a strong organizational meeting at a parishioner’s Richmond home in June 2021, our founding group identified a location central to many of our people: the Friends Meeting House, located about a mile from campus in Berea, KY. Our regular meetings are:
- every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
- 630pm Vespers, Potluck Fellowship, and Teaching
- Visitors are always welcome!
Visit our Facebook Page (“Berea Orthodox Christian Mission Station”) or contact our priest, Fr. Justin, at email@example.com or 859-361-2823. Below are photos of the Berea Friends Meeting House (Quakers) where we are meeting for our bi-monthly Tuesday gatherings. We also include some photos from our planning meeting this past June, from our semi-regular hikes and Vespers at the Pinnacles, and from our first “official” meeting on August 31, 2021. We invite you to join us!