St. Tikhon Orthodox Christian Mission
Serving Parker, Colorado and surrounding areas

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 Parish
Litya tray and view toward the Altar, Pentecost 2016, 19035 Plaza Drive
Litya tray and view toward the Altar, Pentecost 2016, 19035 Plaza Drive
Litya tray and view toward the Altar, Pentecost 2016, 19035 Plaza Drive

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. With great support from our parish community, in January 2016, we designed and moved to our current location within a business complex in central Parker, at 19035 Plaza Drive. Here we can offer a more robust service schedule and continue to grow.

We now provide regular services three times per week - Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings and Saturday evenings - and other services throughout the year as announced on the calendar. Ask about our classes for youth (Sunday School) and adults (Orthodoxy 101), and the women's bible study group.

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.

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Our Priest and Servers
Father Alexander serving a Litya for Departed, September 14, 2014
Father Alexander serving a Litya for Departed, September 14, 2014
Father Alexander serving a Litya for Departed, September 14, 2014

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.

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Orthodox Church In America

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).

Upcoming Services
Saturday, September 21st
5:30 pm Great Vespers
Sunday, September 22nd
9:10 am Hours
9:30 am Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, September 24th
6:30 pm Women's Bible Study
Wednesday, September 25th
6:00 pm Moleben with Akathist
Friday, September 27th
6:00 pm Choir Rehearsal


News Updates
- 09/14/19

Weekly Bulletin: September 15, 2019



Announcements
Sisters of St. Elisabeth Convent Visiting on September 25 - 09/14/19

Please join us at St. Tikhon Mission on Wednesday, September 25 at 6pm for a Moleben Service, and stay afterwards with our special visitors, Sisters from St. Elisabeth Convent, Minsk, Belarus. Items made by the sisterhood will also be available for purchase.


Women's Bible Study - 09/03/19

The weekly Women's Bible Study meetings will re-commence on Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30pm.


Charity of the Month - September - 09/03/19

September: please join St. Tikhon Mission in supporting the Colorado-based charity, St. Ephraim Center; collections are held every Sunday.

The total for the August charity, Feed My Starving Children, was $797.10. Thank you to everyone in the parish community for your support.


Feed My Starving Children on September 28 - 08/24/19

St. Tikhon Mission will participate in Feed My Starving Children - Mobile Pack on September 28th at Parker UMC. Please let Father Alexander know if you would like to join our group, space permitting!


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Website Updates

9/7/2019: A new event added to the Photo Gallery

8/17/2019: The SEPTEMBER 2019 CALENDAR is posted



Saint Tikhon, the patriarch of all Russia and enlightener of North America, is the patron Saint of our parish.

"May God teach every one of us to strive for His truth, and for the good of the Holy Church, rather than something for our own sake."

Read more about Saint Tikhon....


Our Location
19035 Plaza Drive, Parker Colorado 80134

St. Tikhon Orthodox Christian Mission
Mailing Address
St. Tikhon Orthodox Christian Mission
19035 Plaza Drive
Parker, Colorado 80134


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