Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov
Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, after receiving a degree in engineering, proceeded to complete his theological studies at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, New York. In 1963, after being ordained to the diaconate by St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, and – four years later – to the priesthood by Metropolitan Philaret, Fr. Valery was assigned as rector of St. Alexander Nevsky Parish, in Howell, NJ in November 1968. He dedicated his life to enriching the parish by erecting a beautiful cathedral, which has since become the seat of the Eastern American Diocese, and he continued to serve there as rector emeritus during his retirement. Throughout his fifty years of service to the Church and the spiritual needs of its people, Fr. Valery directed the schooling of children, lectured extensively at Church assemblies and celebrations, as well as at pastoral and youth conferences. He held many administrative positions in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, including a year heading the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. He was a prolific author of spiritual books and articles.
Mitred Archpriest Serge Lukianov - Rector
Father Serge Lukianov was born on the Great Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God (April 7) in 1958 in New York City to Fr. Valery and Mat. Irina Lukianov. Two years later, the family moved to Sea Cliff, Long Island where they attended St. Seraphim’s Church and the children attended Russian School. On November 1, 1968 Fr. Valery was assigned as rector of St. Alexander Nevsky Parish, and the family moved to Howell, NJ. In 1974, Fr. Serge graduated from the parish’s Russian School. In 1976, he graduated from Howell High School and then attended Ocean County College for 2 years, where he studied liberal arts and music. In 1978, Fr. Serge enrolled in Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, New York, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Theology in June 1981. On August 9, 1981, he married Lubov I. Afanasenko. He was ordained to the diaconate in the Tikhvin Church by Metropolitan Philaret on May 23, 1982 and to the priesthood on August 29, 2000 in the cathedral by Archbishop Laurus. Fr. Serge and Matushka Luba have 5 children: Subdeacon Nektary, Subdeacon Peter, Katherine, Ksenia and Anna. On September 12, 2014, after the retirement of Fr. Valery, Fr. Serge was appointed dean of the cathedral and director of the Russian School. On March 4, 2019 he was assigned as the Rector of the parish.
Archpriest Rafael Melendez - Assistant Pastor
Fr. Rafael Melendez was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1962. He attended Regents College, State University of New York and earned an Associate in Science Degree (1992) and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Engineering (1994). He also studied at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY. In September 1989, he married Cecilia Vasconez. They have 2 children: Paisios and Sofia. Fr. Rafael was ordained a deacon on April 12,1998 by Bishop Vikentios of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and a priest on April 18, 1998, also by Bishop Vikentios. On February 16, 2018, he received a canonical release from the Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America and was received into ROCOR. He was assigned to St. Alexander’s on February 21, 2018.
Archpriest Boris Slootsky - Assistant Pastor
Fr. Boris Slootsky was born on June 15,1941 in Harkov, Ukraine. He served in the Ukrainian Army and attended the Harkov Electro-Mechanical Technical School in 1960. He graduated from the Odessa Theological Seminary in 2001. He married Galina Groystan in August 1963. They have one son, Alexander. Fr. Boris was ordained a deacon on December 29,1996 in the Orthodox Church of America by Archbishop Peter and a priest on March 18, 2001, also by Archbishop Peter. On January 10, 2013, he received a canonical release from the Orthodox Church of America and was received into ROCOR. He was assigned to St. Alexander’s on Sept. 12, 2014.
Priest Anthony Williams - Assistant Pastor
Fr. Anthony Williams was born on Nov. 5, 1988 in Waterville Maine. His parents are Archpriest Chad and Matushka Cynthia. He graduated from Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY in May of 2013 with a Bachelor in Theology. In July 2013, he married Bridget Barker. They have 4 daughters: Angelina, Maria, Hanna, and Katharine. Fr. Anthony was ordained a deacon on September 6, 2015 and a priest on September 11, 2020; both times by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion in his father’s parish of St. Alexander Nevsky in Richmond, Maine. He was assigned to St. Alexander’s (Howell, NJ) on September 12, 2020 as a full-time cleric.
Protodeacon Nicholas Lukianov
Fr. Nicholas Lukianov was born on the Transfiguration of Our Lord, August 19, 1964 in Glen Cove, NY to Fr. Valery and Mat. Irina Lukianov. Fr. Nicholas earned an Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ, a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from N.J.I.T. (Newark College of Engineering) and a Master of Project Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He also attended Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY for three years. Since 1988, he has worked in the engineering profession and oversees NJDOT’s Construction Management program as a Supervising Engineer. On September 15, 1991, he married Anna Landsberg. They have three daughters: Marina, Sophia and Tatiana. Fr. Nicholas was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Hilarion on May 23, 1998 at St. Alexander’s. He was elevated to protodeacon on August 9, 2009 by Metropolitan Hilarion and was awarded the purple kamilavka on September 12, 2012. Fr. Nicholas has been a cleric here since his ordination. Besides serving, he runs all the engineering projects of the parish.
Protodeacon Paul Drozdowski
Fr. Paul Drozdowski was born on February 23, 1980 in Perth Amboy NJ. His parents are George and Kathleen Drozdowski. Fr. Paul earned his high school diploma from Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, NJ in 1998 and has a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts (BFA) from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He also attended Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY. On July 12, 2009, he married Elizabeth Volmensky. They have 3 children: Kyril, Sophia and Gabriel. Fr. Paul was ordained a deacon on July 25, 2010 at St. Vladimir’s Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ by Metropolitan Hilarion and was elevated to protodeacon by His Eminence on August 28, 2015. He was awarded the purple kamilavka on September 12, 2019. Fr. Paul is a renowned iconographer. He was assigned to St. Alexander’s in September 2014.
SUBDEACONS & READERS
Subdeacon Oleg Varavko
Subdeacon Peter Lukianov
Subdeacon Dimitry Lisan
Subdeacon Roman Serebrenikov
Reader John Lukianov
Reader Victor Preis
Reader Vasily Jarostchuk
Reader Alexander Vlachos
Reader Nicholas Ivanchuk