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The Most Blessed Tikhon
Archbishop of Washington & Metropolitan of All America and Canada

His Eminence, Archbishop Alexander, sits on the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America, under the chairmanship of the Most Blessed Metropolitan Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington & Metropolitan of All America and Canada. Metropolitan Tikhon has served as primate of the Orthodox Church in America since fall of 2012. Metropolitan Tikhon has the task not only of serving as the ruling bishop of the capital of the USA, but also of coordinating the work of the dioceses in accordance with the canons of the Church and representing the OCA both at home and abroad.

It is the special task of the primate (metropolitan) to maintain Communion of our local church with the other Orthodox churches around the world.

The Most Reverend Archbishop

Alexander [Golitzin]

of Dallas and the South

St. Tikhon is a parish of the Diocese of the South of the Orthodox Church in America. Our ruling bishop, the Most Reverend Archbishop Alexander [Golitzin] of Dallas and the South, has served as our parish’s archpastor since Great Lent of 2016. It is under Archbishop Alexander’s direction and blessing that the clergy of St. Innocent serve and it is to him that they are accountable.

“See that you all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as you would the apostles; and reverence the deacons, as being the institution of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is administered either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude of the people also be; even as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.” —St. Ignatius of Antioch, c. AD115, Smyrnaeans, Ch 8

The Buck Family
The Buck Family
The Buck Family

Fr. Theophan Buck

Parish Priest

Father Theophan received a Master of Divinity degree from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in 2010 and a Master of Pastoral Care and Counseling from Antiochian House of Studies in 2023. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on May 16, 2009, by His Grace Bishop Tikhon, who is now Metropolitan Tikhon. Fr. Theophan has been serving at St. Innocent since July 2010. He and his wife, Presbytera Elena, who is from Atlanta, GA, have one daughter.

St. Innocent Parish Council

Jordan Thomae, David Marble, Andrew Ennis, Sarah Andrews, Dena Sue Watts

We, the Parish Council members of St. Innocent Orthodox Church, see ourselves as servants and stewards of the Kingdom of God in our local parish. Our sacred calling is to work for the improvement, both spiritual and temporal, of our parish. As Parish Council Members, we seek to be a forward-looking community that leads by example in our dedication of time and resources, our faithfulness to Christ and His Church, our respect for one another, and our love of God and each other. Out of our strong desire to work for the Lord and the upbuilding of His Church, we commit to being accountable to one another in our pursuit of His holy will.

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