St. Tikhon Church is a diverse and multi-ethnic Orthodox Christian community serving all in Parker and the greater South Metro Denver area with liturgical fidelity. We strive in humility to excellence in ancient Christian worship, spiritual growth, religious education, and service to Christ’s needy as proclaimed in the Holy Gospel (Matthew 25:35-36), to the Glory of God.
Our mission began in the year 2012 in the town of Parker. A founding group of Orthodox Christians had gathered together for many months, praying and strategizing toward an ever greater witness of Christ and His Holy Church. We first met in the home of a Parker family that commuted nearly an hour to attend church in Colorado Springs. We discovered other families in the area commuting nearly as far and long to attend parishes in Denver. Together these families were enthusiastic and visionary toward the establishment of an Orthodox mission centered in the town of Parker. With support from clergy and parishioners from several Orthodox parishes of the Front Range, we had a mission "core" from which to grow. Our first liturgy was served in December 2012, and we began meeting once a month for Divine Liturgy. After a year, our parish was named for Saint Tikhon; we also began serving Divine Liturgy every week, although still in a temporary meeting space.
In January 2016 we moved to our new location at 19035 Plaza Drive. This building now provides visibility and a public presence in the town of Parker, where we can continue to grow. Here we now can offer a more robust service schedule - be sure to check our calendar for upcoming services. Our first service for Pascha in May 2016 was a joy for all and we pray for many more to come.
Our community includes persons from traditionally Orthodox countries, most of our adult faithful are converts from other Christian traditions. The Orthodox Church has become home to literally tens of thousands of Americans who have discovered the great richness and stability of Orthodox Christian worship, doctrine, spirituality, and life.
If you live in or are visiting Parker, south Denver, Castle Rock, or any of the many surrounding towns of south Denver Metro, and have an interest in joining us, we welcome you.
We are served by our rector, Fr. Alexander Vallens. A native of nearby Centennial, he lives in Broomfield with his family, works in Boulder, and commutes to Parker faithfully for our mission.
Fr. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and completed a Master of Divinity in Theology from St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary in 2005. Prior to being appointed as rector for our mission in Parker, Fr. Alexander served at Holy Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral in Denver in many roles including choir director. While all services are primarily in English, Father also has a Latvian background and speaks the language with proficiency.
Also with our parish is Subdeacon Paul Farley of Centennial, several altar servers, and choir director Nina Sandbothe from Elizabeth. Many other parishioners continue to devote countless hours to the mission.
St. Tikhon Orthodox Christian Mission is under the omophorion of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin (Peterson), of San Francisco and the West. The parish is a part of the Missionary District of the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). The OCA, historically part of the Russian Orthodox Church’s mission to North America in the 18th-19th centuries via “Russian Alaska”, today is one of fifteen self-governing geographically local churches which together share the common faith, worship, history, and sacramental tradition known worldwide as the “Orthodox Church”.
Planting an Orthodox Christian mission in Parker is a fulfillment of our Lord’s Great Commission given to the Apostles, and through them to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church (c.f.: Matthew 28:19-20).