Fr Jeremiah Phillips was born and raised in Southern California. In fact, he lived solely in his birth city, Riverside, until leaving for seminary in 2015. He was raised in an Evangelical/Non-Denominational Protestant milieu that first taught him about God, Christ, the Scriptures, and many other beautiful things. However, as he was becoming much more serious in his Christian faith during his undergrad at California Baptist University (’09; B.A. in Graphic Design and Digital Media), he encountered the Orthodox Church for the first time. In time, Father became a catechumen and, later, was baptized into the Church on Holy Saturday 2009. In time, he married Katherine Stoyas in 2013. In 2015, the Phillips family was given the blessing to attend St Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary, in Crestwood, NY. During the course of his studies, Fr Jeremiah was ordained to the Holy Diaconate (Dec.’16) by Bishop NICHOLAS and to the Holy Priesthood (Nov. ’17) by Metropolitan JOSEPH. Father graduated from SVOTS, with a Master’s of Divinity, in May 2018. In August 2018, the Phillips family’s first parish assignment began at St George Cathedral, in Wichita, KS, where Fr Jeremiah serves as the assistant pastor.
Thus far, Fr Jeremiah and Khouriya Katherine have been blessed with four children: Symeon, Ephraim, Juliana, and Gregory.