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Our History

All Saints Orthodox Mission was founded in November 2021 by Priest Elijah Drake (Wu) and Matushka Genevieve, along with a handful of converts who came home to the Orthodox Church after sojourning as Anglicans for a number of years.

Timeline of Events

We will update this history as our Mission grows. Be sure to check out our photo page for a chronology in pictures. Glory to God for all things!

Jan. 7, 2023

Mark* and Joseph** are baptized into the Holy Orthodox Church by Father Elijah on Nativity morning. Since our founding with seven Baptized members just a little over a year ago, we now have more than doubled our membership, with 16 Baptized believers and two Catechumens at the Mission. Glory to God for all things!
*the Ascetic   **the Betrothed

Oct. 16, 2022

We welcome Julian as a new Catechumen in the Orthodox Church. We now have 14 Baptized members and four Catechumens. Holy Evangelist Philip and all Saints, pray to God for our Catechumens!

August 14, 2022

John*, Matrona, David, John**, and Lydia from All Saints Mission, and Bridget from Brookings, Oregon, are Baptized into the Holy Orthodox Church by Father Elijah. We now have 14 Baptized members and three Catechumens. Glory to God! 
*the Wonderworker   **the Silent

July 31, 2022

We hold the first official Divine Liturgy & Grand Opening Celebration at our Mission's new home at 1319 West Lockeford Street in Lodi. In addition to a worship space, it features a bookstore, icons for sale, and a place to hang out and talk to the Priest. Glory to God for His provision and protection!

July 12, 2022

Archpriest Paul (Volmensky) Baptizes Father Elijah's and Matushka Genevieve's new daughter, Maria, into the Orthodox Church at Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church, on the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and in the presence of the Myrrh-streaming Wonderworking Iveron Icon visiting from Hawaii this week. We now have nine Baptized members and eight Catechumens. Thanks be to God! 

July 3, 2022

With much joy we welcome Bob as a new Catechumen just before the start of our first Divine Liturgy at our new location. (It's a "soft" opening as many items for the Nave are still under construction!) We now have eight Baptized members and eight Catechumens, in addition to several regular visitors.

June 11, 2022

Renovations begin at our Mission's future home on West Lockeford Street in Lodi. Major tasks include removing walls, re-plastering and texturing, painting, and installing new floors and baseboards. Later we will add curtains, shelves for the bookstore, and a countertop. We are also building much of our own furniture (chant stands, benches, altar panels). It's a labor of love!

May 5, 2022

Five new Catechumens are received. We now have eight Baptized members and seven Catechumens, plus inquirers and several regular visitors who are exploring Orthodoxy at our Mission.

Apr. 23, 2022

On Holy Saturday, Arthmael is Baptized into the Orthodox Church by Father Elijah at Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church in Sacramento. All Saints Orthodox Mission now has eight Baptized members and two Catechumens.

Mar. 12, 2022

All Saints Orthodox Mission starts holding Vespers services on Saturdays where we are frequently joined by "Ortho-curious" visitors.

Mar. 6, 2022

Two new Catechumens, Steve and Mark, are received. We now have seven Baptized members and three Catechumens.

Nov. 14, 2021

All Saints Orthodox Mission starts holding Sunday Matins and Divine Liturgy at Father Elijah’s home in Stockton, California. This is our humble "Garage Chapel" beginning, with seven Baptized members, one Catechumen, and a few regular visitors.

Nov. 7, 2021

Father Elijah Baptizes the first new members of our Mission, Raphael and Nina, and receives one new Catechumen, Chaz, at a Baptismal service held at Saint Andrew Orthodox Church in Carson City, Nevada.

Oct. 14, 2021

Father Elijah is ordained into the Orthodox Priesthood by Metropolitan Jonah of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

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