Rev. Fr. Nicholas V. Belcher
Deacon Nicholas was born (1975) in West Virginia, and grew up in Altoona, PA. He received his B.S. in Education from the Military College of South Carolina (The Citadel) in 1997. Deacon Nick received his Master of Divinity (M. Div.) from Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in 2005, graduating as the class valedictorian.
After graduation from the Citadel, Dn. Nicholas returned to his hometown and taught social studies and government at Altoona High School. There, he also coached the Cross Country and Track teams at Altoona High. During his summers, he served as a counselor, Head Counselor, and Program Director at the Antiochian Village summer camp in Ligonier, PA. While working at the Village, he met his wife Sonia (Daly). Dn. Nicholas and Sonia were married on January 15, 2006 at Sonia's home parish, St. George of Boston. On April 22, 2007, Dn. Nicholas was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP here at St. George Church. In the spring of 2015, Deacon Nicholas was elevated to the rank of Arch Deacon by His Grace Bishop JOHN. He was ordained a Priest by Bishop JOHN on 7 September 2015 here at St. George and officially assigned to our parish.
Dn. Nicholas is the Dean of Students at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, and serves the St. George parish for all services and feast day celebrations. His wife, Sonia, fell asleep in the Lord on February 20, 2008. May her memory be eternal! Dn. Nicholas and his son, Andrew, reside in Westwood.