Our Congregation Today
We are an Orthodox Christian congregation living the ancient, biblical faith of the New Testament Church; a part of the same Church that was founded by Christ, preached by His apostles, and carried on by their successors, through the centuries, to us today.
At this point, around 20 people are generally in attendance when we celebrate the Divine Liturgy, creating a very friendly atmosphere.
We have been regularly holding services in Toowoomba since 2014, and in March 2017 we were honoured with being made the newest Mission of the Diocese. For more details, please see the ‘History‘ section of our website.
At present, we are the only Orthodox church on the Darling Downs. All people of good will are welcome to our services, and we particularly welcome Orthodox Christians who live in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs, and people who want to find out more about how original Christianity is practised today.
Our Clergy: Fr Andrew and Fr Erich
Rector: Fr Andrew has served the community in Toowoomba since 2015. When our community was made a Mission in 2017, Fr Andrew was appointed to be our inaugural Rector. He lives in Brisbane with his family, where he concurrently serves as Rector of Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church.
Assistant Priest: Fr Erich was born in the USA in a faithful Protestant family. He served in the US Air Force before returning to postgraduate study. After moving to Adelaide for work, he and his family were baptised into the Orthodox Church. Moving to Toowoomba in 2014, he was a founding member in what would become St John the Baptist Orthodox Mission. Since 2019, he has lectured in Christian Leadership at the Saints Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Institute. In 2020, he was ordained through to the priesthood, and assigned to serve at St John the Baptist Orthodox Mission, Toowoomba. You can contact Fr Erich through: firstname.lastname@example.org
St John’s Orthodox Mission is a part of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.
Our ruling bishop is Metropolitan Hilarion (who is both First Hierarch of ROCOR and Archbishop of Australia & New Zealand); he is assisted by Bishop George of Canberra, the administrator of our diocese. Additionally, as part of ROCOR, we are within the Church of Russia, headed by Patriarch Kyril.
For more information, please see the ‘About Orthodoxy’ section of our website.
Our Parish Council
Important administrative documents and policy implementations are included here:
- Child-Safe, Child-Friendly Policy (May 2017)
Our Patron Saint
Our Mission is dedicated to the Forerunner of Christ, St John the Baptist. This feastday is celebrated on January 20, the day after we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus Christ. (Though at our Mission, for practical reasons, this is often transferred to the following weekend).
Our Mission worships at the historic All Saints’ Anglican Church, 26 Arthur St, East Toowoomba.