His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa, Diocesan Bishop
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His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa, is the spirtual leader of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, which maintains offices at 312 Garfield Street, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 15906.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory was consecrated as Bishop and enthroned as the Ruling Hierarch of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA on November 27, 2012. He was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan on August 29, 2018.
His Eminence celebrates his Name's Day (St. Gregory Palamas) on November 14/27.
Under His Eminence's care is our Diocesan Christ the Saviour Seminary, also in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, which trains future priests and deacons of our Diocese. In addition, the Diocese maintains Camp Nazareth Youth and Retreat Center in Mercer, Pennsylvania.
Metropolitan Gregory also serves as Episcopal Liaison to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and Chairman of Committee for Agencies and Endorsed Organizations of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA.
Very Rev. Protopresbyter David Cochran, Presiding Priest
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Very Rev. Protopresbyter David Cochran was assigned as Pastor at St. John's in May of 2004. He was ordained a Deacon in August of 1992 at the Annunciation Monastery at Tuxedo Park and as priest in October of 1992 at St. John the Baptist Church on Silver Lane in Stratford, CT, by His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. He was elevated to the rank of Protopresbyter in October of 2010.
Fr. David's first parish assignment was to St. Barbara Orthodox Church, Melbourne FL, as a Harvest 2000 Priest. He was transferred to St. John the Baptist Church, Hawk Run, PA. in July of 1994. During his time in the Johnstown Deanery, Fr. David taught Liturgical Music and Plain Chant at Christ the Saviour Seminary, served the Dean of the Johnstown Deanery and as Spiritual Advisor of the Nation Sr. ACRY.
In addition to serving as Pastor of St. John's Fr. David serves as Director of the Diocesan Altar Boy Retreat, held each summer in Johnstown, PA; is a member of the Liturgical Music Commision of the Diocese and a member of the Diocesan Youth Apostolate and Religious Education Commission.
Fr. David is also Treasurer of the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the Great Bridgeport Area.
Fr. David and Pani Andrea were united in Holy Matrimony on October 13, 1991. They are the parents of two children, Jacob and Sara