About our Parish
Our parish is named after a modern saint, Saint John the Wonderworker, who was known for his great love for others, especially his love for orphaned children. St. John’s Troparion says that he gave hope to the hopeless, and giving hope is close to the heart of our parish. All of us need the hope that can only come from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Through prayer and outreaches such as the Loaves and Fishes program which feeds the homeless, St. Nicholas Academy, our bookstore, our choir, and other ministries, we care for each other and the needy around us. Our parish is a loving, growing, Orthodox community where we strive together towards the greatest hope of all, Christ.
St. John's was the first parish to be named after St. John the Wonderworker, but has also been greatly impacted by our first priest, the Archpriest Jacob Myers who reposed in January of 2013. Under his leadership, Saint John’s became a parish known for prayers, hospitality and ministry to others. Many converts have come into the faith and the parish continues to grow under our church's Rector, Fr. Thomas Allesendroni. The parish is actively involved in Pan Orthodox activities and ministries. Our parish has many converts to the faith as well as members from a variety of international backgrounds.
The Church was formed and named in 1991, first called Blessed John the Wonderworker as St. John was not yet canonized. On July 2, 1994 St. John was officially glorified by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russian and the name of the parish was changed to St. John the Wonderworker. July 2, 2008, the Holy Sobor of the Russian Orthodox Church approved the Canonization of Saints during the inter-Sobor period. You can read about this here. Over the years the parish has been able to gather several items that this beloved saint wore, including a thigh shield and two of his robes. More recently the Church was given a bone relic from his foot, the only part of his body that was not found to be incorrupt. On this website you can find a great deal about the life of St. John. We also have a special gift of a computer program written by one of our members, the Menologion (3.0) which includes an icon of the saint of the day along with the applicable troparion and kontakion, the saint's life and also the daily Bible reading. This program is written because of St. John's love of the Saints and because of his desire that all Christians should pray daily and often.
The parish is located in Atlanta, Georgia and joined the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) as part of the Diocese of the South under Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas (now reposed) in September of 2000. We are under His Eminence, The Most Reverend ALEXANDER, Archbishop of Dallas and the South.
Services are held in English. We welcome visitors to stay for lunch after liturgy on Sundays.