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Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster, Ph.D.

The Very Rev. Fr. Alexander F. C. Webster, PhD, an archpriest in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, was born in 1951 in Jersey City, NJ, and raised as a devout Roman Catholic. He converted to Holy Orthodoxy on 4 October 1975. He was elevated to the Subdiaconate by Metropolitan Philip, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, in Boston, MA, on 17 April 1977; ordained to the Diaconate by Bishop Christopher, Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, in Monroeville, PA, on 19 September 1982; and ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop Christopher, Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America (with then Bishop Maximos of the Greek Archdiocese in attendance), in Sewickley, PA, on 21 September 1982. Fr. Alexander’s previous full-time parish pastorates include Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church in the Romanian Episcopate of the Orthodox Church in America, Falls Church, Virginia (1988-2005); St. Andrew Orthodox Parish on Ft. Ord, California [active-duty military community (1986-1988); and St. Mary Serbian Orthodox Church, Clairton, PA

(1982-1986). 

Fr. Alexander holds a B.A. degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania (1972), an M.A. in history and education from Columbia University (1975), an M.T.S. from Harvard University Divinity School (1977), a Graduate Certificate in International Security Studies from the University of Pittsburgh (1985), and a Ph.D. in religion / social ethics from the University of Pittsburgh (1988).

He retired from the U.S.Army on 1 June 2010 as a chaplain in the rank of colonel after more than twenty four years service, the last five of which, back on active duty at Ft. McNair, D.C. and Ft. Belvoir, VA, included twelve temporary duty tours in harm's way in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as Kuwait, Qatar and Kyrgyzstan.  Previous assignments ranged from a battalion chaplain on active-duty with the 7th Infantry Division (Light) at Ft. Ord, CA to Division Chaplain, 29th Infantry Division (Light), at Ft. Belvoir, VA. 

After his military retirement, Fr. Alexander served from July to December 2010 as a full-time Collegiate Traveling Professor of History and Government for the University of Maryland—University College in Okinawa, Japan. Previously he held adjunct or sabbatical replacement faculty positions with The George Washington University Undergraduate Honors Program (2002-2009), American University (1998-2002), Hood College (1996-1997), George Mason University (1993), and Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal) (1989-1998). In addition he served as Professor of Moral Theology and Academic Dean at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary in South Bound Brook, NJ (1993-

1996) and held a half-time position as a Research Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. (1988-1993).

He is concurrently serving as Adjunct Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, where he teaches graduate courses in emergency management, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Religion at Northern Virginia Community College.

Fr. Alexander is also the author of hundreds of scholarly articles and op-ed essays, as well as four books on Orthodox Christian social ethics: The Virtue of War: Reclaiming the Classic Christian Traditions East and West [co-authored with Dr. Darrell Cole of Drew University] (Salisbury, MA: Regina Orthodox Press, 2004); The Pacifist Option: The Moral Argument Against War in Eastern Orthodox Theology (Lanham, MD: International Scholars Publications, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 1998); The Price of Prophecy: Orthodox Churches on Peace, Freedom, and Security (2d. rev. ed.; Grand Rapids, MI, and Washington, D.C.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company and Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1995); and The Romanian Legionary Movement: An Orthodox Christian Assessment of Anti-Semitism (Carl Beck Papers No. 502; Pittsburgh: Russian and East European Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, 1986).

He and his wife, Matushka Kathleen - also a former Roman Catholic born in Jersey City, NJ, who has served as a special education teacher at Cougar Elementary School in Manassas Park since 1989 - have four grown children and two little granddaughters and live in Ashburn, VA - separated from Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox, only by geography.

 


 

Rev. Dn. Alexander Laymon

The Rev. Dn. Alexander Laymon was born in 1954 and raised in the Midwest as the oldest among eight siblings. He attended the Ohio State University under a Four-Year ROTC scholarship, was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned into the Ordnance Corps of the Regular Army in 1976. For the next twenty-six years Dn. Alexander served in a variety of logistics and program management assignments in Europe, Hawaii and the Continental United States. His specialty was managing multi-million dollar research, development and acquisition programs for future military weapon systems. Dn. Alexander retired from the Army in 2002 with the rank of Colonel and pursued part-time employment as an Adjunct Instructor of Religion at Germanna Community College in Virginia. Dn. Alexander was an active and life-long member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod until his academic research into theology and church history as a college instructor led him to join the Orthodox Church with his wife Joanna in 2008. 

Dn. Alexander’s academic credentials include an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology, an MA in Theology (summa cum laude) from New Brunswick Theological Seminary and an MS in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah on 1 April 2012 after completing the OCA’s Diaconal Vocations Program.

Dn. Alexander’s interests include theology, church history and sailing. He is a scuba diver and licensed private pilot. He married his wife, Joanna in 1975. Matushka Joanna is very active in the parish’s Sisterhood of the Myrrhbearing Women and is an accomplished iconographer. In January 2012 she founded the Iconography Guild of St. Theodosia under the auspices of the Prosopon

School of Iconology. The Guild meets monthly in the Parish Hall and hosts an annual week-long workshop with instruction from a Master Iconographer from the Prosopon School.

Dn. Alexander and Mat. Joanna make their home in Locust Grove VA. They have two children, Erik, a financial analyst, who resides with his family in Pennsylvania.and and Rebecca who currently lives in Utah.

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