About Us at Annunciation

We are a Christian mission (church plant) in Saint James, Missouri as part of the canonical Orthodox Church in America and the Diocese of the Midwest.

A drawing by one of our children of a Liturgy during the week of Pascha (Easter).

Background & Community Dynamic
You may have read an article by Fr. Joel in the Phelps County Focus, or you may have met us at the Celebration of Nations. We are a growing and diverse group of people, usually outnumbered by our kids at any given service. We were selected to receive a mission planting grant in 2017. We work to be good stewards of it through practicing authentic generosity, love for God and each other, and by warmly welcoming every person God brings to us.

In 2021 we miraculously welcomed nearly 60 new people to Annunciation both locally and from Texas, Georgia, Florida, California, and Washington, and with over 40 kids in church began a weekly homeschool co-op. We continue to grow and are in great need of a new building to fit everyone.

Charitable Work & Outreach
We host a free spiritual retreat every fall, open to the public, where we invite a speaker to talk about a different aspect of the spiritual life and enjoy a wonderful time of singing and dancing, and delicious food. We are supporters of the Pregnancy Resource Center, G.R.A.C.E. in Rolla, and Orthodox seminarians.

Our Priest, Father Joel

Fr. Joel is from Crawfordsville, IN. Originally part of the Baptist Church, his family joined a national house-church movement called the Evangelical Orthodox Church. In 2002 their entire community was brought into the Orthodox Church in America.

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Our People & Their Stories

We operate under the blessing and direction of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America. Our people come from various backgrounds and share a variety of gifts within our community.

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Our History, Vision, & Goals

Since being established in 2013 in Rolla, we’ve been hard at work praying and building. You can read more about our history, vision, and goals here.

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