Clergy: Father Mikel Hill email@example.com
Protodeacon James Gresh firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chairman: Walter Borojevich email@example.com
Treasurer: Corbin Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Steve Bozeka email@example.com
Member at Large: Allison Krupko firstname.lastname@example.org
Father Mikel Hill
Father Mikel Hll
(Bulgarian Diocese OCA)
Father Mikel Hill will be ordained into the priesthood and attached to the newly-built St. Nikolai Orthodox Church in Marlboro Township.
The new parish of St. Nikolai was created in 2013 and construction of a new church building was completed in late 2015. St. Nikolai has a mission to serve the local community from a multi-cultural and diverse member base.
That diverse base starts with Father Mikel Hill, whose parents were missionaries with the Four Square (Full Gospel) church and later with Youth With A Mission. Father Mikel even helped his father who was a hospital chaplain.
Inspired by his father’s work and ministry in the field of mental health, Father Mikel started his theological education in a correspondence program in 2010. That same year, he began his undergraduate studies at Bowling Green State University where he graduated summa cum laude with a major in music and a minor in business in 2014. Later that year, Hill began his studies at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA, and will graduate in May with a Master of Divinity degree.
Father Hill and his wife, Rachel, have four daughters. They were married in 2005 and, a year later, they joined the Orthodox Church at a mission parish in Nashville, Ohio. The family currently lives at St. Tikhon’s where Fr. Hill directs the seminary’s travelling choir and has participated in several professional recordings and concerts, including one in Russia.
Father Hill will serve his first Divine Liturgy as a priest on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 9:30 a.m. We welcome Fr. Mikel Hill as our priest.
Protodeacon James Gresh
Protodeacon James was ordained to the OCA diaconate under the omophorion of Bishop Job in 1997 after completing a 3-year late-vocations program at the monastery of St. John the Theologian in Hiram, Ohio. As a deacon, he has served extensively with American (OCA), Serbian, Bulgarian, and Russian Orthodox jurisdictions around the world. Deacon James and his family moved to China in 2002 when his secular job required an assignment in Beijing. In 2005, his family moved from Beijing to Shanghai where they served in the Russian Consulate under the Metropolitan of Volokolamsk. While in China, they developed an outreach to an Orthodox community of Chinese and foreign nationals. In early 2008, the Gresh family relocated back to the U.S. and in early 2013 Deacon James became administrator of an Orthodox startup parish in Alliance, Ohio under the omophorion of Bishop Alexander.
In his secular career, Protodeacon James currently serves as the Executive Director of a non-profit philanthropic foundation - The Timken Foundation. He started his Timken Foundation role in July of 2015 after retiring as an executive of the Timken Company where he worked for 33 years. His long career at Timken included a variety of executive management roles including Financial Controller of Timken's $2B global bearing business unit and also as president of Timken China where he oversaw all company activities in China during a period of high investment and growth. His focus at Timken was in the area of strategy and marketing. Deacon James retired from Timken Steel as executive vice president of strategy and marketing in 2015.
Protodeacon James enjoys painting icons. His wife, Diaconitsa Heidi Evgenia, enjoys music and has tudied choral directing at the summer liturgical music program at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, New York. She has served as choral director at numerous Orthodox parishes and for county-wide pan-Orthodox choirs in Ohio. She is currently director at St. Nikolai. Deacon James and Diaconitsa Heidi have four children.
1978-1982: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, BS in Electrical Engineering.
1986-1988: Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, Cambridge, MA, MBA
1994-1997: Diaconal Training Program - St. John the Theologian Monastery, Hiram, OH
The Stark Education Partnership (1998-present) - Board member and current chairman of an organization funded by private foundations to improve public education in Stark County, Ohio.
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce (2015) - Board member
Western Academy of Beijing (2003-2005) - Board member of an internation school K-12
Quest Recovery Services (1995-1998) - Board member of an alcohol and drug rehabilitation services organization in Stark County, Ohio. Served as Board President for two years.
Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (1988-1995) - Board member and Board Chairman (for two years) for one of Ohio's largest programs serving 2500 students and clients with early intervention programs, schools, workshops, assisted living services, and residential housing.
Non-Profit Strategic Planning and Consulting - Conducted strategic planning workshops for numerous non-profits including the Stark Education Partnership, United Way of Stark County, Pregnancy Crisis Intervention Program, Quest Recovery Services, Stark MRDD, and Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in America.
Rev. Protodeacon James Gresh
(Bulgarian Diocese OCA)