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Since 2008, Fr. Matthew Thurman has served as the Pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church.

Fr. Matthew Thurman was baptized in a mainline Protestant denomination as an adult in 1989 and was Chrismated into the Orthodox Church in 1998.

He graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 2006 with a Master of Divinity and from the University of Central Arkansas in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

Fr. Matthew was ordained to the diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP of thrice-blessed memory on December 5, 2004 (Feast of St. Sabbas the Sanctified) at the Church of St. John of Damascus in Dedham, MA.

He was ordained to the priesthood by His Grace Bishop BASIL on July 10, 2005 (Feast of St. Joseph of Damascus) at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester, MA.

Fr. Matthew was elevated to the rank and dignity of archpriest by His Grace Bishop ANTHONY on September 25, 2022 (Feast of St. Euphrosyne) at St. Luke the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church in Bainbridge, OH.

Prior to attending seminary, Fr. Matthew worked for the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas for over eight years, first in grant administration, then in information technology, as a certified public manager (CPM).

He has been married to Kh. Rachel for over 20 years and they have two teenage boys.

(updated December 2023)


All services at 18046 Chillicothe Rd/Hwy 306 in Bainbridge, OH, 44023.

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