Fr. Jeremy was born in Iowa in 1976, and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He and his family were active members of Evangelical Protestant churches. During his high-school years, he felt a calling to professional Christian ministry and subsequently enrolled as a Religion major at Friends University in Wichita to prepare for this vocation.
Studying at Friends University opened Fr. Jeremy’s eyes to the breadth and depth of Christian tradition. As the greater potential of Christian life grew more and more intriguing, he became dissatisfied with Evangelical Protestantism and began to investigate alternatives.
In his final year of college, Fr. Jeremy attended Divine Liturgy at St George Cathedral in Wichita at the suggestion of a friend. Though he knew next to nothing about Orthodoxy, he was left in wordless wonder by the experience of its rich theology and genuine spirituality, as they came to life in the piety and love of this parish community. After a period of catechism he was chrismated on Holy Saturday in 1998.
Fr. Jeremy enrolled at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 2001, and after three years of intense, challenging and enriching study, received his Master of Divinity degree in 2004.
During the following summer, he traveled to Australia for a yearlong mission in the Antiochian Archdiocese of Sydney. He taught and counseled the youth and young adults in the Australian Archdiocese, helping them to understand Orthodoxy’s relevance to their modern, “New World” lives.
After returning to Wichita, he was ordained deacon by His Grace Bishop BASIL at St George Cathedral on January 1, 2006. He worked fulltime at the Cathedral until being ordained priest there on July 16, 2006, at which time he was reassigned to St Elijah Church in Oklahoma City. On March 13, 2016 Fr. Jeremy was appointed as pastor of Holy Ascension Church in Norman.
Fr. Jeremy is a tonsured monk (and therefore a hieromonk, or “priest-monk”), belonging to the Monastic Brotherhood of St Silouan the Athonite within the Diocese of Wichita.