Father Andrew was raised Lutheran and attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis before being ordained as a Lutheran minister. He had difficulties with the liberal theology slowly creeping into their theology. He and his family joined the Orthodox Church under Archbishop Job in 1998 and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace, Bishop Job during the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, January 28, 2001. Fr. Andrew has been assigned to St. Thomas the Apostle as rector, the permanent priest.
The beginning of St. Thomas the Apostle in Springfield dates back to 1978. The parish went through periods of activity followed by long lapses until 1989 when regular monthly services began with supply priests from St Louis and Kansas City. The frequency of these services increased to twice a month by 1994 as the congregation grew.
The parish moved into a permanent home on December 22, 1999 and the first service celebrated was the Nativity Divine Liturgy. Fund-raising activities are now under way to help pay down the building loan and for interior beautification.
It is not just a sheer chance that this small community has survived here in Springfield since 1978. The Almighty must have a plan for Orthodoxy in Springfield. As the Apostle Paul states in Romans 8:33, “If God be for us, who can be against us? With Him on our side, everything is possible.”
We are a pan-Orthodox group with members from virtually every Orthodox background as well as a number of converts. Please join us if you are visiting our area. And if you are relocating to Southwest Missouri, we extend an invitation to join our family.