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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.

Major Events


Major Upcoming Events

Major events from the weekly bulletins are kept up to date here.  June 22-26, 2015: Pan-Orthodox Vacation Church School 2015 “Fishers of Men”. Held at Holy Trinity, this will be a week-long day camp filled with an abundance of activities, fun, and fellowship! Online registration is now open. Click here to register. Contact Christine W. with ... [Read more]


Houseblessings 101

Beginning on January 6, the Feast of Theophany, Fr. Theodore and Fr. Timothy will start blessing the homes of the members of our Parish, as well as businesses. Blessing our homes is an ancient tradition in our Orthodox Church related to the Service of the Great Blessing of the Waters conducted on Theophany. We take the holy water from the Church ... [Read more]



The Reality of the Resurrection

The Orthodox Christian Faith is rich in Holy Tradition. We have many centuries of history, countless Saints, a vast and varied liturgical tradition, and many other treasures. Both from the inside and the outside, the Orthodox Church can seem overwhelming. While this can seemingly be true, the ultimate reality is that the essence of the Orthodox ... [Read more]


Fasting Guidelines

Let us fast with a fast pleasing to the Lord. This is the true fast: the casting off of evil, the bridling of the tongue, the cutting off of anger, the cessation of lusts, evil talking, lies and cursing. The stopping of these is the fast true and acceptable. ~ Monday Vespers of the First Week A special word must be said about fasting during ... [Read more]


Simple Tips for Keeping Lent in our Families

Let’s be honest: how do we moms feel when we suddenly realize while we are in Liturgy that the Gospel reading for the Sunday is the Prodigal Son, which cues us that Lent is around the corner? If you’re like me, you start doing a mental checklist of all the meat that needs to be used up in the next few weeks and of what upcoming events are going to ... [Read more]


Our Spiritual Health

Throughout Great and Holy Lent, we are reminded that this is a special time of the year where each of us is called to look more deeply at our interior condition to assess our spiritual health and to stretch ourselves just a bit more in order to grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ. During this time we are given the divine medicine of God’s word ... [Read more]


A Light Has Dawned

Not too long ago I heard a song that contained the phrase; “we are all only one phone call away from our knees.” When I heard these words I thought “how true.” I reflected on how fragile our lives are. I also realized that for the most part, we go through life day after day not giving much thought that at any given moment things could change. As a ... [Read more]


Eric’s Journey to Orthodoxy

I have gone to church from the time I was born. As a young kid, the first church I remember going to was the Assembly of God Church. We changed over to a Baptist Church when I was about 7 years old. Most of my life I attended various Baptist churches covering 8 different sects of the Baptist denomination. I was for the most part Baptist most of my ... [Read more]


The Synaxis of the Holy Archangels and All The Bodiless Powers ~ November 8th

On November 8th, we commemorate the Synaxis of the Holy Archangels and all the Bodiless Powers. This is a special time to remember the unique place of the angelic powers as created beings who glorify God, teach us to glorify God and minister to us and aid in our salvation. The bodiless powers are a central part of the invisible warfare going on all ... [Read more]


Lauri’s Journey to Orthodoxy

Have you ever had a gourmet chocolate that you couldn’t wait to bite into? You just knew it was going to be amazing. The outside was beautiful, a dark deep color with just the right drizzle, and you could tell the inside was going to be delicious. Only, once you bit into it, you find it’s all wrong and the one you really hate? I think that was my ... [Read more]

Darkness and Light, Sin and Forgiveness: The Mystery of Holy Confession

In his First Universal letter, St. John the Evangelist shares some profound words; words that ought to immediately grab our attention and cause us to reflect. “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the ... [Read more]


Kent and Sylvia’s Journey to Orthodoxy

It is a privilege to share our story with others; and, at the same time, it is daunting to reduce the events that have led us to Orthodoxy to a few words; but, we’ll try! By way of background, Patrick and I share a similar past. We were both raised Roman Catholic and attended 12 years of Catholic parochial school (he in Portland, OR; I in Santa ... [Read more]


Converting a Psychological State Into a Spiritual State

A few days ago, I returned from a one-week trip to the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex, England. This monastery was founded by Archimandrite Sophrony, a disciple of St. Silouan the Athonite, in 1959. This was my second trip in the last five years, and it was very memorable. One of the highlights of this pilgrimage was the opportunity I ... [Read more]