Parish Clergy and Staff
Very Rev. Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky, D. Min., Presiding Priest
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Father Kenneth Bachofsky was born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania in 1955. Growing up near Pittsburgh, he and his family were members of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Homestead, PA. He graduated Duquesne High School in 1973 with honors, and later attended seminary school at Christ the Saviour Seminary in Johnstown Pennsylvania, graduating with his BTH degree (Bachelor of Theology / Master of Divinity) in June of 1978. He later obtained his Doctorate of Ministry in 2004 from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Upon graduating Christ the Saviour Seminary in 1978, his first assignment was St. Paul the Appostle Orthodox Church in Freehold, New Jersey, where he enjoyed being their pastor for the next seven years. While in New Jersey, he also furthered his education at Georgian Court University, and at the Antiochian House of Studies.
On June 1st 1985 he was assigned to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church on Vine Avenue SE in Warren, Ohio. A few years later, a new church was built on North Road where he oversaw the construction of the new building. Father Ken, his wife Pani Mary raised their three sons Nicholas, Aaron and Nathan where they have made thier home behind St. Nicholas Church, where he has remained pastor for over 25 years.
Keeping very active in his service, Father also serves many other functions throughout the Orthodox community. He is the Dean of the Youngstown Deanery, Chairman of the Diocesan Building Commitee, Overseer of Christian education in the Diocese, Professor of the Diocesan Deaconate Program, Consultant to the Diocesan Consistory, Diocesan Overseer of Camp Nazareth, Member of the Howland Ministerium, Professor of Old and New Testiment Scripture at the Christ the Saviour Seminary, and founding board member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Academy and Preschool
in Warren, Ohio. Yet no matter his responsibilities, he always keeps himself available for anyone who needs him.
Reverend Deacon Edward Brisbine
Deacon Edward was born in 1954 in Ravenna, Ohio and was raised in the small town of Garrettsville, Ohio. He graduated from James A. Garfield High School in 1972. He met and married his hometown sweetheart Kerya Uhrin, who brought him to the Orthodox faith in Warren, Ohio in 1976. Deacon Edward and Kerya have two children, Alexis and Adam.
Deacon Edward received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kent State University in 1977 and furthered his education in the Diocesan Diaconate Program at Christ the Savior Seminary. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in 2003. He taught Art and Art History at Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Academy in 2005-2006. He also received his Bachelors of Social Work from Youngstown State University in 2009.
Deacon Ed has been actively involved in community service and is a volunteer and coordinator of St. Nicholas Orthodox Outreach that comes to the aid of those in crisis. He is a Consultant for K-12 School Consultants in Grove City, Ohio.
You may contact Deacon Edward at:
Reverend Deacon Edward Brisbine
429 Northvale Drive
Chippewa Lake, Ohio 44215
Sub Deacon Nathaniel Choma
Nathaniel Choma is a lifelong member and native son of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Public Communication, he currently attends Christ the Savior Seminary in Johnstown, PA in the pursuit of the holy priesthood. He was tonsured a reader by Metropolitan Nicholas of Blessed Memory in 2009, and was ordained as a Sub-Deacon by His Grace Bishop Gregory in 2016.
Growing up in the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, he has served it by working as the ACRY Ambassador, devoting himself to Camp Nazareth, and making Gloria Incense at Seminary.
Reader Michael DeMas