Welcome to the official website for St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of Springdale, Arkansas. We serve the greater northwest Arkansas region including Springdale, Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville and the surrounding area.
Our parish, presided over by His Grace Bishop ANTOUN and served by the Priest Very Rev. Father John Atchison, is in the Southeast Diocese of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. As part of the Church of Antioch (founded by the Apostle Peter in A.D. 34), we trace our roots all the way back to the ancient city of Antioch where the disciples of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” (Acts 11:26).
The Orthodox Church is the oldest and second largest Christian group in the world. We are called by God our creator to worship and follow Him, and to proclaim to the world His message of love, peace, and salvation.
God loves all mankind and desires that everyone would believe in Him, know Him, abide in Him, and receive eternal life from Him. To accomplish this, God Himself came into the world as a man, Jesus Christ, becoming man that we might become like God.
For a fuller statement of the fundamental beliefs of the Orthodox Church read our statement of faith – the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed - which our patron, St Nicholas, helped compose in A.D. 325.
St Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra in Lycia, (present day Turkey). He is known not only for many miracles but also for his love and compassion for both children and the poor. He was present at the first Ecumenical Council in Nicaea and was a staunch opponent of the heresy of Arianism.
Read more about the life of the real “Saint Nick.”