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Parish Council

The Saint Nicholas Parish Council is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the parish and its ministries.

Regular Parish Council meetings are scheduled for the 1st Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 PM in the Church Fellowship Hall, with the exception of during Great Lent. Any member of the parish is welcome to attend.

At St Nicholas Church, the Parish Council membership consists of 13 seats selected as follows:

  • The Pastor appointed by the Metropolitan of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
  • 3 Members appointed by the pastor for staggered three-year terms;
  • 3 Members elected by the parish for staggered three-year terms;
  • 4 Ex Officio members Appointment by the pastor and confirmed by the Parish Council as leaders of the permanent ministries of (1) Christian Education, (2) Choir, (3) Treasurer, and the (4) Director of Teen SOYO/YAF/OCF.
  • 2 Ex Officio members elected by their respective organizations as (1) Antiochian Men Chapter President and (2) Antiochian Women Chapter President, or their duly appointed representative(s) to the Parish Council.

All members of the Parish Council are voting members, with the exception of the Chairman, who never votes, except at the Chairman’s option as a “tie breaker” for a question to pass/fail. The Chairman may also vote if he abdicates the Chair to the pastor for any given vote, provided that the pastor agrees.

A person may hold multiple seats on the Parish Council, however, in that case he or she will only have 1 vote.

The Annual Church Community Meeting meets the Last Sunday each January, and elects a new parish council member. The Parish Council, after each annual convocation, confirms the elections and appointments of Ministry Department Heads and then elects officers including (1) a Chairman, (2) a Vice Chairman, and (3) a Secretary from among the Parish Council Membership.

Our 2021 Parish Council includes:

Fr. John Atchison – Pastor (1 seat, 1 vote)

Michael Baclig – Chairman –  Elected Member/AMEN President (2 seats, 1 vote)

Tom Salem – Treasurer (1 seat, 1 vote)

Scott Strickland – Secretary – Elected Member (1 seat, 1 vote)

Philip Nelson – Vice Chairman – Elected Member/Choir Rep. (2 seats, 1 vote)

Ron Burleson – Appointed Member (1 seat, 1 vote)

Jeff Jenkins – Appointed Member (1 seat, 1 vote)

Terry Keesee – Appointed Member (1 seat, 1 vote)

Bryce Kirk – Director of Teen SOYO, YAF, & OCF (1 seat, 1 vote)

Janna Strickland – Christian Education Director (1 seat, 1 vote)

Elizabeth Baclig – Antiochian Women Rep. (1 seat, 1 vote)

Click here to read an article concerning Parish Councils on our Archdiocese Website