The Most Blessed Tikhon (Mollard)
Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada was born Marc R. Mollard in Boston, MA on July 15, 1966, the eldest of three children born to Francois and Elizabeth Mollard.

After brief periods living in Connecticut, France, and Missouri, he and his family settled in Reading, PA, where he graduated from Wyomissing High School in 1984.  In 1988 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, after which he moved to Chicago.

In 1989 he was received into the Orthodox Church from Episcopalianism and, in the fall of the same year, he began studies at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA. One year later he entered the monastic community at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery as a novice.  He was awarded the Master of Divinity degree from Saint Tikhon’s Seminary in 1993, after which he was appointed Instructor in Old Testament and subsequently Senior Lecturer in Old Testament, teaching Master level courses in the Prophets and the Psalms and Wisdom Literature. He also served as an Instructor in the seminary’s Extension Studies program, offering courses in the lives of the Old Testament saints, the liturgical use of the Old Testament, and the Old Testament in patristic literature.

He collaborated with Igumen Alexander [Golitzin]—now Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America—in the publication of “The Living Witness of the Holy Mountain” by Saint Tikhon’s Seminary Press.

In 1995, he was tonsured to the Lesser Schema with the name Tikhon, in honor of Saint Patriarch Tikhon, Enlightener of North America. Later that year, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and Holy Priesthood at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery. In 1998 he was elevated to the rank of Igumen, and in 2000, to the rank of Archimandrite.

In December 2002, he was named Deputy Abbot of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery.  Two years later—on February 14, 2004—he was consecrated to the episcopacy at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery Church.  On May 9, 2012, he was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop.

On November 13, 2012, Archbishop Tikhon was elected Primate of the Orthodox Church in America at the 17th All American Council.

Rev. Dr. John Mikitish

Father John was ordained to the holy priesthood in 2016. He holds a Ph.D., M.Phil., and B.A. from Yale University and an M.Div. from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He is a scholar of Church Slavonic literature and his Ph.D. dissertation was entitled "Bible as Scripture: Orthodox Slavic Scripturality and Church Slavonic Bibles." As a cleric of the Archdiocese of Washington, he works full time at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor while also serving full time as priest-in-charge of St. John the Theologian Mission Station. The translator and editor of several books, he is the Editor for Liturgical Texts at St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press and also edits the Treasures of Orthodox Spirituality Series for St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press. His wife, Matushka Brenda, works for the Orthodox Church in America as Chancery Data Administrator.  They have two sons.

Deacon Matthew Prentice
Deacon Matthew was raised in the Great Plains and Rockies and went back to college at Creighton University in Omaha.  Having received an Air Force ROTC scholarship, Matthew subsequently graduated with a double major in Computer Science and Math, and was commissioned into the US Air Force. He was assigned to the Pentagon and met his future wife Ann in the Washington DC area.  He was very quickly drawn into the Orthodox church and within a few months was serving food at the St Mark annual bazaar that he didn't know how to pronounce and wasn't even certain what it was. The Orthodox church was quite different from his Presbyterian teenage years and yet it was very comfortable and felt right. Matthew and Ann were married at St Mark, have raised their two kids at the church, and he was ordained to the diaconate in October 2012 by Archbishop Alexander (Golitzin).
Deacon Matthew's family has grown up at St Mark church, Bethesda, MD, and love the church and the people.  They also saw a need for an Orthodox church in southwestern Fairfax County.  With that in mind, Deacon Matthew proposed the idea of the Fairfax mission to the Archdiocese of Washington DC Mission Board and found himself joining the mission board.  He is excited for all the blessings and success the mission station has seen so far and looks forward to the growth of the community.
Deacon Matthew serves at St John and St Mark in Bethesda, MD.
Deacon Matthew has worked at All Covered, a division of Konica Minolta, for 13 years and is an IT engineer focusing on efficiency, automation, best practices, and standards.  Matthew, his wife Ann, and their two adult children, live in Springfield, VA with a red-eared slider turtle, 2 guinea pigs, and a dog.
Deacon Matthew is fond of saying:
30 years ago if you had told me I would be an ordained Orthodox Deacon, I would have said "what's Orthodox?", "what's a Deacon?", and "there is no way I'm going to be ordained."  You never know what God has planned for you.  Trust God and His plan for you.

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