Our Clergy

Father Alexis Baldwin (serving twice monthly)

Fr. Alexis Baldwin grew up in Mississippi, spending his formative years in Greenville. His family moved to and lived in Laurel, MS during his later childhood and teen years, then moving to Mesa, AZ his senior year of High School, where he met his wife, Matushka Veronika. He graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts in Theology. He and Matushka were married in the summer of 2008 and converted to Orthodoxy shortly after that. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from St. Tikhon Theological Seminary in May of 2013, formed under the spiritual guidance of Archpriest Alexander Atty. He was ordained priest in July 2013. He served for one year under the guidance of Archpriest Anthony Karbo of Holy Theophany Church in Colorado Springs, CO. 

In July of 2014, he transferred to the Diocese of the South, where he was assigned as priest in charge of Holy Resurrection Mission in North Augusta, SC, beginning October 1st, 2014, under the guidance of Archpriest Thomas Moore and Archpriest Marcus Burch. He served there until January 6th 2020, when he was assigned as a Mission priest at Holy Resurrection Church in Clinton, MS, beginning January 15th, 2020. Currently, he serves Missions across the state of Mississippi, including Holy Cross in Petal, St. Catherine in Columbus, and Christ the Savior in McComb. Fr. Alexis and Matushka Veronika have five children: Aidan, Isaak, Justin, Seraphim, and Benjamin; all boys. 

Fr Alexis can be reached at 601-310-2256 or arizonitisa@gmail.com

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Father Jason Foster, Priest In Charge/Dean~Mississippi River Deanery

Fr. Jason Foster is our Dean. He and his wife, Presvytera Ashley, have been married for 23 years and together they have six daughters: Addison, Savannah, Camille, Gabrielle, Saxony and Mary Katherine. They are both natives of Shreveport and are very excited about continuing to serve the Mission and working alongside the two other Orthodox Churches in the area. Fr. Jason attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport where he received bachelor degrees in Accounting and Finance. After working for years in finance and accounting, he attended Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated with and MA in Biblical Studies in 1998. Upon graduation, he and Pres Ashley returned to Shreveport to serve at Trinity Baptist Church. Two years later, they were called to serve at Summer Grove Baptist where Fr. Jason oversaw the College and Career ministry and Wednesday night Bible studies. During this time, he became interested in early Christian worship and completed a Master of Divinity degree at Cranmer Theological House in 2003. Desiring to explore the ancient liturgical practices of Christianity further, he and his family moved to Oxford University where he completed a Master of Theology degree in 2006. Also at this time, Presvytera graduated from Oxford, Wycliffe Hall, with a Diploma in Biblical and Theological Studies. In 2006, Fr. Jason was accepted into a liturgical theology PhD program at Durham University (England). His dissertation entitled, 'Sursum Corda': ritual and meaning of the liturgical command in the first five centuries of the Church' was developed under the supervision of Rev. Dr. Andrew Louth and completed in 2014. After two years of ministry in the Reformed Episcopal Church as a deacon, Fr. Jason and his family became catechumens at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Shreveport in 2006. There, while under the spiritual guidance of Fr. Brendan Pelphrey and many other wonderful people, the Fosters were received into the Orthodox Church in 2006. After 18 months at St. Vladimir's Seminary in New York, Fr. Jason and family returned to Shreveport to start Holy Nativity of the Lord Orthodox Mission with others who were willing to begin a new work. 

Fr Jason can be reached at 318-455-4219 or frjasonfoster@gmail.com

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Father Paul Yerger, Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church~Clinton, Mississippi

Occasionally, Fr Paul Yerger serves St Catherine Orthodox Church. Father Paul (Norval) Yerger is a native of Greenville, Mississippi. He is a graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, and earned a master’s degree in English at the University of Virginia. He taught English and French at Lynchburg College in Virginia before enrolling at Nashotah House in Wisconsin, a theological seminary of the Episcopal Church. He served as pastor of Episcopal Churches in McComb and Magnolia, Mississippi, before embracing Orthodox Christianity in 1977. After directed study with faculty members of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York, Fr. Paul was ordained priest, and became the first pastor of Holy Resurrection.

Father Paul and his wife, the former Evelyn (Sissy) Gooch of Richmond, Virginia, were married in 1971. Matushka Sissy fell asleep in the Lord October 7, 2015. They have three adult daughters,  Mary Yerger of Jackson and Wisdom Yerger and Margaret Alexander of Memphis, and two grandsons, James Rucks Elliott and Paul Hite Elliott of Memphis.

Fr Paul can be contacted at office@holyres.net or 601-924-2411

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