Our Priest: Fr. John Parsells

Father John was born in Kodiak Island, Alaska, where his father, also an Orthodox priest, was doing missionary work. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Manville, New Jersey, where he was raised as a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church. After completing high school, Father John studied at Montclair State University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Following graduation, he embarked upon the first of two pilgrimages to the Holy Land, where he began to feel and discern the Lord’s call to serve Him in the priesthood. When he returned from Israel, he enrolled in Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA, where in 2005 he received his Master’s of Divinity Degree.

While studying at the seminary, Father John was also making good use of his technical training, writing computer software which would allow Orthodox churches to easily and effectively manage their parish websites. In 2003, he launched Orthodox Web Solutions, a web design and hosting company which today serves hundreds of such parishes. A week before completing his theological studies, Father John was pleased to announce the release of a new website dedicated to Orthodoxy in America. This website, located at orthodoxyinamerica.org, uses mapping software to show where all the Orthodox churches in the United States, Canada, and Mexico are located, and is linked to Google to provide driving directions and satellite imagery. About ten years later, Father John would launch Orthodox 360, an Orthodox media company offering fully interactive 360° virtual tours and professional video services to Orthodox churches.

Two weeks after graduation from St. Tikhon's Seminary, Father John married his wife, Emily, herself a daughter of a priest and a first grade teacher in the NJ school system. Together they live at the Parish Center in Berlin, MD, with their three children: Elisabeth, Alexander, and Nicholas.

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Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
10315 Carey Road
Berlin, MD 21811
302-537-6055


  • Sat
    6Mar

    6:00pm Vespers
  • Sun
    7Mar

    Last Judgment (Meat-Fare)
    9:00am Div. Liturgy
    Parish Council Installation & Mtg.
  • Wed
    10Mar

    7:00pm Bible Zoom

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Reading Group: "On The Incarnation" by St. Athanasius the Great - 02/27/21

In March and April 2021, our reading group will be reading "On The Incarnation" by St. Athanasius the Great. By any standard, this is a classic of Christian theology. Composed by St. Athanasius in the fourth century, it expounds with simplicity the theological vision defended at the councils of Nicaea and Constantinople: that the Son of God himself became "fully human, so that we might become god." Its influence on all Christian theology thereafter, East and West, ensures its place as one of the few "must read" books of Christian theology for all time.



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$75.00
Our Monthly Goal
$10,320.00
Stewardship - $10,320.00 (monthly)

Our Neighbors

St. George - Ocean City, MD
St. Andrew - Lewes, DE
Holy Trinity - Whaleyville, MD
St. Nicholas - Dover, DE
Orthodox Mission - Easton, MD

What is the Orthodox Church?

“The Orthodox Christian Church is evangelical, but not Protestant.
It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman.
It is not denominational, it is pre-denominational.
It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the
Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost nearly 2,000 years ago.”
– Our Life in Christ

What is the Orthodox Church?

“The Orthodox Christian Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It is not denominational, it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost nearly 2,000 years ago.”
– Our Life in Christ

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