About Us

Gospel Reading on Easter at Orthodox Church in Jackson TN
Pascha, 2015
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is a mission of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Our Church traces its roots in unbroken apostolic succession to first century Antioch, the city in which the disciples of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” (Acts 11:26). We are the only Orthodox Church in Jackson, TN, and so we have a diverse community with members from many other Orthodox jurisdictions, including the Greek and Russian traditions.  St. Nicholas of Myra is our patron saint; you can read more about him here.

The Christian Church is based in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who has come in to the world as a man for our salvation. This is the foundational belief of every true Christian. “Orthodox” means right glory or right worship, and we understand our Orthodox Christian faith to be the full and true revelation of God’s desire for us to believe in Him, know Him, abide in Him and receive eternal life from Him. The best way to learn about the Orthodox Christian faith is to come and see! Visitors are always welcome during any service!

Regular Weekly Services
Sunday: 10:00 AM: Divine Liturgy
11:30: Coffee Hour
12:00: Bible Study and Sunday School

Wednesday
6:00 PM: Vespers
6:30 PM: Adult Education

Saturday
6:00 PM: Great Vespers


History of the Mission in Jackson, TN

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. At that time a small group met with Fr. James twice a month in a classroom at the Evangelical Community Church on Pipkin Rd. During 2012, there was one Chrismation and one Baptism, and the group continued to learn to pray various services.

   

In December of 2012, Fr. John Troy Mashburn of St John Orthodox Church in Memphis, TN was asked to take over responsibility for the mission. In February of 2013, a building on Old Humboldt Road was donated for the mission to be renovated for use as an Orthodox church.

Orthodox Church with dome in Jackson, TN

In March of 2013, the mission began to pray readers services while the building construction began. In June, with the renovations almost complete, the Divine Liturgy was held in the new building with the service of Holy Baptism and Chrismation. Readers services continued for week day services, and Fr. Don Berge came from Memphis to serve the Divine Liturgy 2-3 times each month.


On April 27, 2014, Bishop Thomas came to visit the mission and begin the process of selecting a patron saint and registering the mission on the Archdiocese website. 


On August 10, 2014, Bishop Antoun granted us mission status, and we were officially given St. Nicholas as a patron saint.

In January of 2015, Fr. Matthew Snowden was assigned as the full time priest for St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Mission, and regular services were established weekly. As we continue to grow, we value the participation and support of all the faithful in Jackson to help us develop into an active and living community.


His grace, Bishop Antoun, visited St. Nicholas in July of 2016. Our community has been blessed by the oversight of such loving spiritual fathers and so many dedicated parishioners. Read about our evening with Bishop Antoun in the Jackson Sun.