In Memoriam

Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov

Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov

Fr. Valery reposed in the Lord on May 25, 2018. Wishing to keep their spiritual father close, parishioners of the St. Alexander Nevsky Parish buried Fr. Valery’s earthly remains behind the cathedral, which he had so lovingly erected. All are welcome to visit the gravesite of our beloved pastor. Memory Eternal!

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

Mitred Archpriest Serge Lukianov - Rector

Phone: 732-948-9939
Email: batushkaoc@gmail.com

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. 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.

Mitred Archpriest Vasily Andrejuk - Assistant Pastor

Mitred Archpriest Vasily Andrejuk - Assistant Pastor

Phone: 856-217-8721

Father Vasily Andrejuk was born on March 27, 1950 in Belostochina, Poland. He graduated from the Varshava Orthodox Seminary in 1969. On March 2, 1975 he married Olga Pinchuk. They have three children, Archpriest Daniel, Taisia and Elizabeth. Fr. Vasily was ordained a deacon on March 9, 1975 and priest on March 16, 1975 by Metropolitan Vasily. In 1988 his family moved to the USA where Fr. Vasily served in several parishes of the Belorussian and Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Churches. On Sept. 29, 2021 Fr. Vasily was accepted into ROCOR and attached to our cathedral.

Archpriest Rafael Melendez - Assistant Pastor

Archpriest Rafael Melendez - Assistant Pastor

Phone: 732-670-3419
Email: protopresbyter@aol.com

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

Archpriest Boris Slootsky - Assistant Pastor

Phone: 732-350-9588
Email: bosloot41@yahoo.com

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

Priest Anthony Williams - Assistant Pastor

Phone: 732-232-0400
Email: tonefour@gmail.com

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

Protodeacon Nicholas Lukianov

Memory Eternal!
Protodeacon Nicholas Lukianov reposed in the Lord on September 27, 2021, the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

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 graduated from Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY with a Certificate in Theological Studies. Since 1988, he worked in the engineering profession and oversaw NJDOT’s Construction Management program as a Supervising Engineer. On September 15, 1991, he married Anna Landsberg, with whom he had 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 served as a cleric here since his ordination. Besides serving, he ran all the engineering projects of the parish.

Protodeacon Paul Drozdowski

Protodeacon Paul Drozdowski

Phone: 609-923-5890
Email: zarubiezhnik@yahoo.com

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.

Deacon Alexandre Sarandinaki

Deacon Alexandre Sarandinaki

Phone: 650-787-8655
Email: sarandinakiap@gmail.com

Fr. Alexandre Sarandinaki was born on October 8, 1979 in New York City. His parents are Peter and Maria Sarandinaki. Fr. Alexandre graduated from Franklin Lakes High School in NJ, and also studied at Holy Protection Russian School in Nyack, NY. On August 6, 2006, he married Tatyana Roudenko. They have 4 children: Anastasia, Elias, Alexandra and Olga. Fr. Alexandre graduated from Menlo College (California) in 2010 with a BA in Business Management. On November 1, 2015, he was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco at St. John of Kronstadt Church in San Diego, CA. On November 6, 2021, he was awarded the double orarion by Archbishop Kyrill. After receiving a canonical release from Archbishop Kyrill, Fr. Alexandre was received into the Eastern American Diocese by Metropolitan Hilarion and assigned to St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on December 15, 2021.

Deacon Dimitry Lisan

Deacon Dimitry Lisan

Phone: 347-420-6629
Email: lishandumitru@gmail.com

Fr. Dimitry Lisan was born on the Great Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple, on December 4, 1982, in Kriuleni, Moldova. His parents are Michael and Valentina Lisan. Fr. Dimitry graduated from high school in 2001. On July 29, 2007, he married Veronica Kirilova. They have 3 children: Stelian, Emilian and Victoria. On April 4, 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion tonsured him a reader and ordained him a subdeacon. On April 4, 2021, Bishop Jerome ordained him a deacon at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, to which he is assigned.

SUBDEACONS & READERS

Subdeacon Anthony Kofonow

Subdeacon Peter Lukianov
Subdeacon Roman Serebrennikov
Reader John Lukianov
Reader Victor Preis
Reader Vasily Jarostchuk
Reader Alexander Kallaur
Reader Alexander Vlachos
Reader Nicholas Ivanchuk