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We welcome visitors to come and experience the Orthodox Christian Faith. Often described as “the best kept secret” in America, Orthodox Christianity is, in reality, for everyone. The Orthodox Faith traces back to the Apostolic times, after Christ’s Resurrection. There are approximately 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide and 1.3 percent of the population in the United States. Eastern Orthodoxy is the largest single religious faith in Belarus, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Russia and Ukraine. Learn more!

asa_logo_blueSt. John the Baptist Orthodox Church was founded in 1997 by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco to minister to Portland’s westside. Our parish is made up of members who were both raised in the Faith and those who have converted to Orthodoxy. Our current site is in a remodeled building on Walker Road. The parish vision is to purchase land and build a Byzantine style church and supporting facilities.

St. John the Baptist is also the host of Portland’s only Orthodox Christian school, Agia Sophia Academy, currently offering pre-K through 5th grade.

Logos Bookstore LogoOne of the main ministries at St. John’s is the Logos Bookstore, which offers a wide variety of Bibles, commentaries on Holy Scripture, prayer books, Lives of Saints, books on the faith, the spiritual life, children’s literature, and more! The bookstore also carries Icons in many sizes of Christ, crosses, baptismal gifts, etc.

Major Events

Major Upcoming Events

Fr. Timothy presents a series of talks designed to inform and encourage parents on serious topics, as they strive to raise their children in the present day: Friday, Nov. 4th, 7pm: Our Children and Resiliency Friday, Nov. 11th, 7pm: Our Children and Addiction Thursday, Dec. 1st, 7pm: Our Children and Sexual Abuse ... [Read more]

Latest Posts


An essential spiritual discipline we must cultivate in our lives is the remembrance of God and our relationship to Him. According to St. John of Damascus, the most serious passions are forgetfulness, laziness and ignorance. These three passions darken the nous, the spiritual control center of the human person. The soul then becomes more easily ... [Read more]

A Call to Step Up and Reach Out

What a blessing it was for our community, for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, and for Orthodoxy as a whole in the United States to host the first ever Mission & Evangelism Conference, “Bringing Orthodoxy to America”! As one person said, “It’s about time.”, and what a powerful gathering it was. Some of the top Mission and Evangelism ... [Read more]

Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home

Book Review: Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home, by Elissa Bjeletich & Caleb Shoemaker. Reviewed by Paraskevi Whitton. We are all familiar with the need to convert our hearts and minds to become fully Orthodox, and this most useful book helps us to also convert our homes and family life into living fully as Orthodox ... [Read more]


One of the main maladies we suffer in our day is anxiety. Anxiety can literally kill us. It can also slowly suck the life out of us as it makes it difficult to sleep, to concentrate, and be present. Anxiety fills our bodies and our souls with tension and apprehension. One of the reasons for this rise in anxiety in our day is our dependence upon and ... [Read more]

A Time to Transition

September is a month of transitioning from the close of some things and the beginning of others. We transition from summer to fall, from vacations to putting our nose to the grindstone, and from kids having time off to beginning a new school year. There are often mixed emotions regarding these. Some people are sad to see the sunny, warm days fade ... [Read more]

One Thing Needful! And Five Ways to Help

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Lk.10:41-42) The one thing that is most needful in our lives is Jesus Christ. We need Him more than any other thing or person in the universe. When Jesus is at the center of our lives and ... [Read more]

To Love and to Be Loved

Developmental psychologists and adherents to Attachment theory say that the two greatest needs of an infant are to feel safe and secure. If a child develops over time in an environment where they experience safety and security, both physically and emotionally, they will mature into a securely attached adult and move on to healthy interdependent ... [Read more]

Pascha: A Present Reality Throughout the Year

The Season of Great Lent, Holy Week and the day of Pascha are over; however, our celebration of our Lord’s resurrection never ends. For us, as Orthodox Christians, Pascha is a present reality throughout the year. Christ’s Resurrection is the canopy, under which we work out our salvation as a part of our families and communities. Every ... [Read more]

Saint Mary of Egypt

One of the most prominent figures we find in Great Lentis a woman whose very life epitomizes the most important theme during this period of time, and her name is St. Maryof Egypt. She is an icon or repentance, a depositor of hope, and an evangelist like few others because, after fleeing into the desert, she hardly spoke at all, and to only one ... [Read more]

Great Lent: An Opportunity to Recommit to Our Prayer Rules

Great Lent is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our spiritual lives. In the spiritual classic, Unseen Warfare, by Saints Nicodemus the Athonite and Theophan the Recluse, it is written: “The greatest and most perfect thing a man may desire to attain is to come near to God and dwell in union with Him.” This goal is not simply a short term seasonal ... [Read more]

“Come and Read!” – An Introduction to Introductions

Book Review: The Orthodox Church, by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. Reviewed by Chad M. As you may have noticed, the “Introduction to Orthodoxy” table at the Logos Bookstore has been growing steadily in recent years and months. This is a truly beautiful time to be exploring Orthodoxy—whether as an inquirer or a “cradle” Orthodox who wants to dig a ... [Read more]

Presenting Ourselves to Christ

On February 2nd, the Orthodox Church celebrates one of her twelve major feast days, The Presentation of our Lord in the Temple. Forty days after His birth the God-Infant was taken to the Jerusalem Temple, the center of the nation’s religious life. According to the Law of Moses (Lev. 12:2-8), a woman who gave birth to a male child was forbidden ... [Read more]

Personhood In Christ Is A Call to Excellence

At a conference addressing the rise of secularism in America, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America recently said that secularism seeks to annihilate individuality. He continued to explain that for us Orthodox Christians this means our society is increasingly seeking to ignore, if not destroy, the personhood of ... [Read more]

The Impact of Saying the Jesus Prayer

Most of us know about the Jesus Prayer, at least how to say it in its various forms: “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.” “Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.” Whichever way one says it is less important than saying it on a consistent basis, for a period of time each and ... [Read more]