Parish Administration

His Eminence, Metroplitan Gregory of Nyssa, Diocesan Metropolitan

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His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa, is the spirtual leader of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, which maintains offices at 312 Garfield Street, Johnstown, Pennsylvania,  15906.

His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory was consecrated as Bishop and enthroned as the Ruling Hierarch of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA  on November 27, 2012.

His Eminence celebrates his Name's Day  (St. Gregory Palamas) on November 14/27.

Under His Eminence's care is our Diocesan Christ the Saviour Seminary, also in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, which trains future priests and deacons of our Diocese.  In addition, the Diocese maintains Camp Nazareth Youth and Retreat Center in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

Metropolitan Gregory also serves as Episcopal Liaison to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and Chairman of Committee for Agencies and Endorsed Organizations of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.



Very Rev. Fr. Michael Macura, Presiding Priest

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Very Rev. Father E. Michael Macura has served St. John's Parish since his retirement from Active Duty in the United States Army as a Chaplain in 2003. He was ordained a priest in 1982 and entered the U.S Army as a Chaplain in 1983.  Fr. Michael served Orthodox soldiers and their families as well as all soldiers and their families in his many assignments during his 20 year career. 

His "muddy boot" ministry took him to Fort Polk, LA, Germany and Fort Hood, TX where he deployed in 1990-1991 to Saudi Arabia and Iraq for six months during the Gulf War.  Hawaii was his next assignment in 1993 from where he deployed in 1995 to Haiti for three months providing humanitarian relief to children in several orphanages.  His final two assignments were at Fort Sill, OK and Fort Hood, TX once again, where he retired as a Chaplain with the rank of Major.  Upon hearing of a small parish in his home state of CT looking for priest, Fr. Michael petitioned to be released from the OCA and was accepted by the late Metropolitan Nicholas, of thrice blessed memory, into the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese and assigned here at St. John's on Silver Lane.

Fr. Michael has come "home" since he grew up only a few miles away and is a "son" of our sister parish in Bridgeport, CT...St. John's on Mill Hill Avenue.


Ministries Coordinators


  • Altarboy Coordinator: Subdeacon Joel Pleban
  • Cantor: Subdeacon  Christopher Gombos
  • Parish Council President: Carole Krochta.
  • Church School Coordinator: Debbie Samilenko
  • ACRY Coordinator: Peter Samilenko


2020 Parish Board


  • President: Carole Krochta
  • Vice-President: Peter Samilenko
  • Secretary: Sandy Pleban
  • Financial Secretary: Deborah Samilenko
  • Treasurer: Joel Pleban
  • Sergeant-At-Arms: Christopher Gombos
  • Financial Advisor: David Howard
  • Curator: Wendy Grabarz
  • Curator: John Kamenitsky
  • Curator: Sharon Lawruszko
  • Curator: Mercury Pleban
  • Curator: Roger Weldon