Our Hierarchs & Clergy
His Beatitude, Tikhon
Archbishop of Washington D.C
Metropolitan of All America & Canada
His Eminence, Benjamin
Archbishop of San Francisco and the West
V. Rev. Andreas Blom
Rector of Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church
V. Rev. Isaac Skidmore
Rev. Dn. Paisios Daniels
The Parish Council
The Parish Council helps foster and encourage a properly functioning church community. Members of the Council assist the priest to ensure that the finances are in order and the temple and grounds are maintained.
Our Parish Council Members
Fr. Andreas Blom, President
Dn. Paisios Daniels, Junior Warden
Stavroula Medinger, Treasurer
Rdr. Brendan O'Neill, Senior Warden
Subd. Kevin Roberts, Secretary
Elizabeth Sandri, Member-at-large
Jesse and Phoebe (Frankie) Everett
Kevin and Crystal Marie Roberts
We, Subdeacon Kevin and Crystal Marie, met playing city league sports in 2009. Having grown up Protestants here in the valley, we were never really looking to make "big changes" in how we practiced our faith. Kevin was baptized in 2008 by Fr. Seraphim Cardoza in Rogue River. Crystal Marie followed a couple years later. As our relationship grew, we found that Orthodoxy offered a sense of "home" that we couldn't describe; we also couldn't find it anywhere else. Knowing that we wanted to raise children in the church, God brought our first child, Genevieve, into our lives about a year after we were married. Within three and a half years, Lazarus, Sebastian, and Evangeline joined her; in 2020, God gave us our fifth child, Blaise. One of our greatest joys and struggles together as Orthodox parents has been learning how to raise children in the Church. It hasn't been easy, but we know there is no job more important than raising them right. Orthodoxy as our way of life permeates our daily life. Our indoor activities of homeschooling, cooking, baking, cleaning, and even games, often revolved around lessons that teach us more about God. Outdoor activities like gardening, hiking, and all kinds of sports are no less affected by the ethos that Orthodoxy offers. We have moved quite a few times in our 9 years of marriage, always in the Rogue Valley, and we are currently back in south Medford.
Transitioning to Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church in 2019 was easy and hard at the same time; the patience and understanding of Fr. Andreas, as well as many others, helped us to find our feet again quickly. It has been enriching to share our lives with the vibrant community at Archangel Gabriel's, and we are excited to see how God will continue to bring the Orthodox in this valley closer together, and to bring this valley closer to Orthodoxy. God has blessed us tremendously already in how we have become part of his plans, and we look forward to the future projects and missions here in southern Oregon in which God allows our family to participate.