In 1993 Fr Theodore Bacha, rector of St Simeon’s Church in Titusville, asked several Palm Coast Orthodox Christians who were attending services in Titusville if they would like to establish their own mission. Services were held once a month with Fr Ted on Sunday afternoons in a storefront location.
In 1995 His Eminence Archbishop Dmitri officially proclaimed St Alexis a mission station. Fr Michael Meredith, a retired priest, conducted services every Sunday morning and Vespers one Saturday evening each month. A Sunday School program and adult Bible class were started.
In 1996 Fr Michael was assigned full time priest in Titusville. St. Alexis Mission moved to a larger location when we outgrew the storefront. In 1997, we again relocated to St Stephens Catholic Church in Bunnell. A dedicated group of Orthodox Christians continue to work toward making services available to area Orthodox and to bring others to the Orthodox faith.
For nearly 11 years, Archpriest Nicholas Molodyko-Harris (retired from the Diocese of Alaska) served as spiritual father to St. Alexis parishioners. Joined by his wife, Matushka Anastasia, they faithfully traveled from their home in Merritt Island to serve St. Alexis each week. Matushka Anastasia served as choir director.
When health issues prevented the Harrises from traveling every week to St. Alexis, the mission was lovingly served for 5 years by Archpriest Phillip Drennan (retired Antiochian priest) and his wife Khouria Diane, from January of 2016 until May of 2021.
In June 2021, Archpriest David C. Rucker began serving at St. Alexis, after many years of often being a substitute priest when needed. He was assigned as Priest-in-Charge on June 13, 2022. Fr. David was ordained in 2002 by Archbishop DMITRI (Royster), of blessed memory, and had founded St. Athanasius Orthodox Church in Nicholasville, Kentucky before moving to St. Augustine, Florida to serve as Associate Director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). Fr. David and Matushka Rozanne had recently finished 13 years of ministry with OCMC, which included Fr David’s tenure as Associate Director as well as time as Mission Specialists in Guatemala and teaching at St. Herman Theological Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska. Matushka Rozanne serves as Choir Director and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
The St. Alexis Mission community is committed to growing into full Church status, including owning our own building and property, as part of the greater vision of becoming disciples of Jesus Christ as we participate in making disciples. While currently meeting at St. Stephen Catholic Chapel, St. Alexis Mission is actively looking for property/buildings in Flagler County that we might call our own.
We gladly welcome all guests. Come pray with us!
- Priest-in-Charge: Rev. David C. Rucker, Tel. 904-599-5812
- Subdeacon: Daniel Ivanovsky
- Treasurer: Helen Ireland
- Secretary: Elena Bobkova
- Parish Council Members: Jim Humphries, Elena Bobkova, Helen Ireland, Chap. Mark Chavez, Daniel Ivanovsky
Sisterhood of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos
The Sisterhood for St. Alexis Mission is dedicated to the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos.
The Sisterhood assists in the maintenance of our parish, sponsors church fellowships, engages in fund raising, and facilitates participation and communication within the parish.
The president of the Sisterhood is Carol Ann Pearce.
The Sisterhood is open to all women who are members of the parish.
On the Feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos we implore the defense and assistance of the Queen of Heaven, “Remember us in your prayers, O Lady Virgin Mother of God, that we not perish by the increase of our sins. Protect us from every evil and from grievous woes, for in you do we hope, and venerating the Feast of your Protection, we magnify you.”
St Alexis Orthodox Mission has a dedicated group of its community who serve in the church choir, led by director M. Rozanne Rucker, assisted by Karla Anna Ayer.
New members are always welcome. The choir meets before the Sunday morning service in the parish hall for warm-up and rehearsal.