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.
We are served by our rector, Fr. Alexander Vallens. A native of nearby Centennial, he lives in Broomfield with his family, and works in DTC. Father has been commuting to Parker faithfully for years since the early beginnings of this mission in Parker, Colorado. Over these years, Father has led the mission spiritually and in many other areas of growth.
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. While all services are primarily in English, Father also has a Latvian background.
Also serving with our parish is Deacon John Manutes, several altar servers, choir director Nina Sandbothe from Elizabeth, Church School director Elizabeth Farley, and members of our parish council. There are opportunities for all to participate in parish life and support the growth of this mission. Please speak with Father Alexander if you would like to learn more.
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).