Fr. Christopher

Sometimes called the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Church was founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament. Her history can be traced in unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and His Twelve Apostles. For twenty centuries, she has continued in her undiminished and unaltered faith and practice. The Orthodox Church has maintained a continuous succession in the Apostolic Faith down to the present.

Father Christopher was born in Penticton, British Columbia. He was raised by pious Christian parents in the Anglican Church. His father was a priest in the Anglican Church and his grandfather was a missionary priest of the Anglican Church.

As a youth, Fr. Christopher was involved in ministry, organizing conferences and missionary trips. He began working in the L’Arche Community in Vancouver, while attending university on a part-time basis. This was the beginning of nearly seventeen years in the field of social work: in classrooms, group homes, prisons, secure psychiatric facilities; in child protection and youth addictions; working with numerous young people and their families with a myriad of difficulties and struggles.

priest_profile_1.5Father Christopher met his wife-to-be, Khouria Kimberly, and marrying young, the new family began fostering children before they had their own. Father Christopher and Khouria Kimberly now have four children: Elijah, Esmé, Nikolai and Margaret.

Fr. Christopher and Khouria Kimberly began searching in earnest for a spiritual home. Having spent time reading about the Desert and Apostolic Fathers, Fr. Christopher learned about the ancient Church during his involvement in youth ministry in the Anglican church. Him and Khouria Kimberly spent time in various Christian traditions (Anglican, Vineyard, Non-Denominational, and Roman Catholic), still searching for the unchanging Church. They entered the Orthodox Church in 1996. Here’s an interview with Fr. Christopher talking about his journey to and in Orthodoxy.

As a young child, Fr. Christopher felt called to the priesthood. After entering the Orthodox Church, Fr. Christopher began the St. Stephen’s Course Program at the Antiochian House of Studies. He completed this program in 2000, and in 2002, he completed the Late Vocations Program of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on the Feast of the Meeting in the Temple (February 2nd) in 2002. Soon after his ordination as a deacon, Fr. Christopher and Khouria Kim petitioned their bishop to go to seminary to become a priest. In 2004, the family moved to St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, New York.

DSC_6492 - halfWhile at St Vladimir’s, Fr. Christopher was ordained to the Holy Priesthood (again on the Feast of the Meeting in the Temple) in 2005. Upon returning from seminary, Fr. Christopher served as the 2nd Priest at Holy Resurrection Sobor in Vancouver, establishing an Orthodox Chaplaincy at University of British Columbia (UBC). One year later, his Bishop asked him to begin an English Mission to Vancouver. He served in this capacity until June 2008, when Fr. Christopher joined the Antiochian Archdiocese to serve in Waterloo, ON, as the first priest assigned to Christ the Saviour Mission.

He also serves as the Orthodox Chaplain at the University of Waterloo, Laurier University and the University of Guelph.

Father Christopher serves as the Christian Education Coordinator for the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New York.

Fr. Christopher at campHe has also served the Diocesan Camp Transfiguration since 2010.

Father Christopher finished his Master’s of Divinity at the Lutheran Seminary, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Fr. Christopher’s hobbies and interests include gardening, camping, canoeing and science fiction.