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 twice per week - Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings - and many other services throughout the year as announced on the calendar. In Spring of 2018, we joyfully celebrate Pascha for the third year in this location and we look forward to many more.

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 22nd
5:00pm **Off Site** Attend Great Vespers at Holy Transfiguration Cathedral, Denver
Sunday, September 23rd
9:10 Hours
9:30 Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, September 25th
6:30pm ORTHODOXY 101 Class
Wednesday, September 26th
6:30 pm Small Compline & Saints of the Day
Thursday, September 27th
6:30pm Choir Practice


Our Location
19035 Plaza Drive, Parker Colorado 80134

News Updates
- 09/15/18

Weekly Bulletin: September 16, 2018




Announcements
September 2018 Charity

St. Tikhon Mission will support our local monastery, Protection of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Monastery, for the month of September. We invite our parish community to add to the special collection on Sundays throughout the month. See the September Newsletter for more information.


Saturday, September 22 - Change to Calendar

On September 22nd, in place of Great Vespers at St. Tikhon Mission, please plan to attend 5:00pm Great Vespers held at Holy Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral, 349 East 47th Avenue in Denver.  Vespers at St. Tikhon Mission is cancelled so we can celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Holy Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral with them and His Grace, Bishop Daniel, of Santa Rosa.

Choir practice is rescheduled for Thursday, September 27 at 6:30pm.


Semi-Monthly Vespers ADDED

9/1/2018: St. Tikhon Mission is excited to announce the addition of a second regular Vespers service for Saturday evenings, starting in September. Great Vespers is now served semi-monthly on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month at the mission, in addition to services for the Great Feasts. Please see the calendar for all upcoming services.


Orthodoxy 101 Class - Tuesdays

Orthodoxy 101 Class: Tuesday nights at 6:30, starting August 21 and continuing through September


Website Updates

9/8/2018: The SEPTEMBER CALENDAR (revised) is posted

8/26/2018: New items in the PHOTO GALLERY



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."

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


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