Clergy & Lay Leadership

christ1Jesus Christ the Head of the Church
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” Jn 11:26

“I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. “ Jn 6:49-6:51

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Jn 14:6

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” Rev 1:8

The Most Blessed TikhonThe Primate

As a parish of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church and its members are under the national leadership of:

The Most Blessed Tikhon (Mollard)

Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada






Diocesan Bishop

As a parish in the OCA’s Diocese of the West, St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church and its members are under the diocesan care and
leadership of:

The Most Reverend Benjamin (Peterson)

Archbishop of San Francisco and the West




St. John’s Parish Priest
Priest Andre Paez
Rector St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church
Fr. Andre is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife Matushka Samantha bring a rich cultural and educational background to the mission. Fr. Andre’s parents moved to the United States from Colombia, South America, and Mat. Samantha’s parents are of Lebanese heritage. As such, they have each benefited from the rich traditions of two diverse cultures. They have three children.Fr. Andre earned a BS Degree from Pepperdine University in International Business and a MBA from the University of San Francisco. Mat. Samantha is a licensed social worker and works part-time as a grant writer.Prior to attending Seminary, Fr. Andre worked in banking for thirteen years and enjoyed a successful career in real estate finance. He attended St. Vladimir Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, and was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Grace, Archbishop Benjamin, on January 30, 2012. Soon after he was ordained to the priesthood on March 10, 2013, and graduated the same year with and MDIV.In addition to serving St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church, Fr. Andre is member of the Diocese of the West Desert & Mission Deaneries, and is a member of the Arizona Council of Eastern Orthodox Clergy.  He also holds certification as a trained facilitator of the Prepare/Enrich Premarital and Marriage Inventory.

St. John MIB

Fr. Andre with Reader Judah Rome, Sub-Deacon Steven Robinson, & Reader Basil Gould.

Parish Council
The parish council is a volunteer leadership committee elected by parish membership at its annual parish meeting. In a spirit of mutual love and trust with the Rector and clergy, the parish council is responsible for stewardship of the parish’s resources and deliberating on other parish business.

2017 Parish Council

  • Fr. Andre Paez, President
  • Sbdn Steven Robinson, Vice President
  • Dave Wilson, Treasurer
  • Julie Pellant, Secretary
  • Rdr Basil Gould
  • Rebekah Hart
  • Brent Marking
  • Linda McCauley
  • Greg Neller

Each Parish Council member acts as a liaison between the council and certain committees. Please ask the Vice President about the PC Liaison chart showing which parish council members have been assigned to represent each of the church’s ministries to the parish council.

Nominations for Parish Council are opened at the Annual General Assembly Meeting, and elections are held at this meeting each year to elect Parish Council officers.

The Parish Council meets on the third Saturday of each month. They oversee issues of strategic planning, finance and stewardship, facility maintenance, and approving and supporting ministry programs. Everything is accomplished with the goal of prayerfully helping the parish fulfill its mission.