Fr. John Parker is the Priest of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Mount Pleasant, SC.  He earned his Master of Divinity at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry prior to becoming Orthodox.  In 2004 he and received a Master of Theology degree at Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY where is currently in the Doctor of Ministry program.  Fr. John and his wife Mat. Jeanette have two sons, Zachary and Sebastian.  In October 2011, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Evangelization for the Orthodox Church in America.  Fr. John serves on the Board of Trustees for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) and has a regular podcast, "Lord, Send Me!" on Ancient Faith Radio, take a listen here

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Deacon Mark Barna

Dn. Mark Barna was ordained a Deacon on November 26, 2006 by Archbishop Dmitri at Holy Ascension Orthodox Church and has served there ever since.   He and his wife Mat. Elizabeth are co-authors of the book A Christian Ending, A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition, which is a valuable resource and comprehensive plan for natural burial.  For more information on A Christian Ending, visit the website here.