2012: Mission Beginnings

In October of 2011, Fr. Peter Gilquist came to Jackson on behalf of the Missions Department of the Antiochian Archdiocese to meet with local Orthodox and inquirers of the Orthodox faith to discuss the possibility of an Orthodox mission in Jackson, TN.

 In January of 2012, the missions department sent Fr. James Mackoul to serve the group in Jackson. Our first Divine Liturgy was served on February 4th by Fr. James in a classroom at the Evangelical Community Church on Pipkin Rd. A small group continued to meet twice a month throughout the year. During 2012, there was one Chrismation and one Baptism, and the group learned to pray various services.

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