Leadership & Staff
Fr. Lucas Rice
Fr. Lucas Rice is a 2011 graduate of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY. He was assigned as pastor of St. Michael parish in August 2019. His ministry–and his sanity–is greatly aided by his long-suffering wife, Khouriya Nicole. They make their home with their two young sons: Theodore (“Teddy”) and Gideon (“Giddy”) and two very stubborn Scottish Terriers.
Fr. Lucas is a passionate student of history and of the Church Fathers. In addition to reading, he enjoys music–both playing and listening, podcasts, and DIY projects. He has even been known to ride a motorcycle every now and then.
He would love nothing more than to tell you about the Gospel of Jesus and the Pearl of Holy Orthodoxy.
Fr George Geevarghese (Retired)
Fr. George Geevarghese has been a member of St Michael for over thirty years. In addition to serving the liturgical needs of the community, Fr. George assists in the teaching of a variety of classes at St Michael. Fr. George is a retired MD in Louisville who specialized in anesthesiology and pain management. Fr. George regularly travels on mission trips to India in order to share the Gospel and offer needed healthcare.
Click this link for the “Orthodox Christian Mission Center” to learn more about mission work in the Orthodox Church.
Lindsey Birdsall is our Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. She has joined us from Boston, MA, along with her her husband, Josh, and their son, John.
A convert to the faith, Lindsey was chrismated as a college student in 2006, after having learned about the Orthodox Church through her friends in Trinity University’s OCF chapter and her Godfather.
As the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at St. Michael, Lindsey builds upon her M.Ed. degree and ten years of experience teaching young people at various levels, mostly in Christian schools, including Theophany School and Hellenic College. Lindsey’s presence at St. Michael and especially her warmth, enthusiasm for youth and young adult ministry and her professionalism are a true blessing to our community.
Dn. Kyrill Schaefer
Deacon Kyrill Schaefer has served as a deacon at St. Michael since his ordination in 2009.
In addition to the Deacon’s role as liturgical assistant, Deacon Kyrill also leads a weekly Bible Study.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Kentucky, performed post graduate studies at the University of Tours in France, and received his Master of Arts in Education from the University of Louisville.
He completed the St. Stephen’s Course of Orthodox Studies through the Antiochian Archdiocese. Deacon Kyrill is a Louisville teacher, married to Cheryl, and has two beautiful daughters, and a two happy grandchildren.
Steve Jacobs leads the powerful and prayerful choir of St Michael. His love of liturgical music, both Slavic and Byzantine combined with his musical talent help our choir to be well known throughout the country.
He and his wife Amanda have three children.
Theron & Beth Mathis
Theron and Beth are the Church School Directors for St Michael. Together, they have led the summer Vacation Church School for several years.
Theron also teaches the Sunday morning adult class. His role in that class has given him the opportunity to stay engaged in Biblical Studies and Patristics, and out of those classes he recently wrote a book on those “mysterious” Old Testament books often referred to as the Apocrypha.
His book is called “The Rest of the Bible.”
Kh. Olga Atty
In Memoriam –
Fr. Alexander Atty
Father Alexander was born on Aug. 7, 1951, in Johnstown, Pa., to the late Dr. Alex and Mary Jane (Heider) Atty. He graduated from Pottsville Area High School in 1969, and received his Bachelor of Science in engineering from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University), Philadelphia, Pa., in 1973. After a brief career as a textile engineer, he earned his Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, N.Y., in 1979, was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by the late Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) in 1979, was elevated to the Dignity of Archpriest in 1988 and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pa., in 2008. His first pastoral assignment was as youth director of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Troy, Mich., from October 1979 to May 1980.
Father Alexander’s greatest joy was being the pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Antiochian Orthodox Church in Louisville, from May 1980 to June 2010. He also served as dean of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pa., from July 2010 until his retirement due to illness in February 2013.
During his tenure at St. Michael, Father Alexander nurtured his God-given flock and oversaw the growth of the parish into a vibrant witness to the truth of Jesus Christ in the greater Louisville metropolitan area. Some of his accomplishments include the beautification of the church building, the renovation of the social hall, the addition of the educational facility and the building of St. George Chapel, Holy Trinity Senior Housing and the Dreams with Wings Special Needs Home.
Father Alexander was a faithful servant of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, undertaking various roles, including dean of the Ohio Valley Deanery, dean of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest and SOYO spiritual adviser. Ever working toward the growth of Orthodox Christianity, he was instrumental in the establishment of St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lexington, Ky., and Holy Apostles Antiochian Orthodox Mission in Bowling Green, Ky. Additionally, he was given the opportunity to share his experiences and inspire communities throughout the United States and Canada with presentations on parish growth and revitalization. Father Alexander had a deep admiration for those in law enforcement and was active in the Louisville community by serving as the head chaplain for the Jefferson County Police Department, which earned him Volunteer of the Year accolades, chief of chaplains for Louisville Metro Police Department, chaplain for the Louisville Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, chaplain for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and chaplain for McMahan Fire Department. He received the Millennium Maker Award in 2000, which was presented by the Jefferson County Judge Executive, for his outstanding civic contribution.