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Parish History

The Russian Orthodox Church of the Reigning Mother of God in Charlotte, North Carolina is one of the youngest parishes in the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Church Abroad. A group made up of immigrants from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Uzbekistan founded our parish in 2005. In the initial years of our parish, services were held in a borrowed Protestant church building. By the grace of God, on the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos in 2009, we celebrated our first service in our own Church building, the same small temple in which we still presently worship. The patronage of our community was appointed by a vote held by the founding members of our parish. To learn about the Icon of the Reigning Mother of God, click here.

Archpriest Alexander Logunov is the Rector of our parish. As the Godson of Father Seraphim Rose of Blessed Memory, the son of Nikolai Logunov (the Starosta of the Cathedral of the Most Holy Theotokos in San Francisco in the mid 1960’s) and Marina Logunov (one of the first Americans to convert to Russian Orthodoxy), he is a living witness to the history of ROCOR. Archpriest Alexander Stepanenko, our parish’s assistant priest, is a native of Chernigov and a graduate of the Kiev Theological Seminary. He has been serving our parish since 2013. Our Deacon, Father Ivan Makarow, was a long-time Reader serving in New York, and was ordained a Deacon in October of 2015.

Click here to see photos of our parish from 2009-present.