Our Parish

Welcome! We are so glad you decided to join us on our website, and hope that you will soon meet with us in person for fellowship, prayer, and worship. If you have any questions not answered by our website, please reach out to us. We would love to hear from you.

Our Church

church_signChrist the King is a mission of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, which traces its roots, through unbroken apostolic succession, to first century Antioch where the disciples of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” (Acts 11:26).

Sometimes called the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Church is the first Christian Church, the Church 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. Today her apostolic doctrine, worship and structure remain intact. The Orthodox Church maintains that the Church is the living Body of Jesus Christ. Learn more.

Our Story

parish_outsideThe story of our parish began when our first priest, Fr. Joseph Gleason, was a Calvinist and conservative Anglican.

In fact, the story of our parish begins as an Anglican parish. But as Fr. Joseph studied Church history, learned more about the development and canonization of Holy Scripture, and even delved into the details of Church history and the Ecumenical Councils, it was to Constantinople—and not Rome—that Fr. Joseph (and the rest of the parish after him) looked.

After a long period of prayer, discussions, and even debates, our little Anglican parish in Omaha, Illinois decided to petition the Antiochian Archdiocese to join the Orthodox Church. You can learn more about our journey here.

Fr. Joseph lovingly pastored and led our parish as deacon for four years, and as priest for another two years. In January 2017, Fr. Joseph and his family set out on a new adventure and moved to Rostov the Great, a beautiful city in Russia. You can learn more about their work in Russia here, and about their family here.

Our People

chrismationChrist the King is under the pastoral oversight of the Mission Department of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, headed by V. Rev. John Findley.

Altar Assistants – Subdeacon Jeremy and Landon

Our Shepherds

bishop_anthonyAs an official mission station (or “church plant”) of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, Christ the King is a member of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest, being under the pastoral care of His Grace, Bishop Anthony.

His Grace currently ministers to the community of St. John Chrysostom in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has served the Antiochian Archdiocese as an auxiliary Bishop since December of 2011.

bishop_johnAs a Western Rite parish, we are also under the pastoral oversight of His Grace, Bishop John (Abdalah), who presides over all of the Western Rite parishes in North America for our Archdiocese. (You can learn more about the Western Rite here.)

Bishop John serves as the auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Worcester and New England, also being appointed in December of 2011 by the now-reposed Metropolitan Philip.