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Rev. Father Timothy Paproski, Presiding Priest

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Deacon Timothy PaproskiFather Timothy Paproski was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1996.  Growing up in  Stratford CT,  he was a member of St. John The Baptist Church in Stratford, where his Father, Very Rev. Protopresbyter Peter was the pastor. Following his graduation from high school, he attended the University of Connecticut, earning undergraduate degrees in Music and Music Education, and a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  After working for a time as a high school music teacher, he began studies at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA in 2021. On April 21, 2024, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa at Holy Ghost Orthodox Church in Phoenixville, PA. He graduated with honors from St. Tikhon's Seminary in May of 2024, receiving the degree of Master of Divinity.   
On June 9, 2024, Father Timothy was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at St. Nicholas Orthodox in Warren, Ohio by His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory, and was assigned as the Administrator (Pastor) of the parish.
Fr. Timothy was married to his lovely wife Hailey in September of 2020. They are the proud parents of a son, Elijah, who was born in August of 2023.
Fr. Timothy, Pani Hailey and Elijah are grateful to God for being given the opportunity to serve in the Vineyard of our Lord at St. Nicholas Parish, and look forward to serving the faithful of the parish and all those seeking the beauty and power of the Orthodox Faith.


Very Rev. Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky, PhD. Min. (Pastorate: 1985-2024)

Fr. Kenneth BachofskyFather Kenneth Bachofsky was born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania in 1955.  Growing up near Pittsburgh, he and his family were members of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Homestead, PA.  He graduated Duquesne High School in 1973 with honors, and later attended seminary school at Christ the Saviour Seminary in Johnstown Pennsylvania, graduating with his BTH degree (Bachelor of Theology / Master of Divinity) in June of 1978.  He later obtained his Doctorate of Ministry in 2004 from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Upon graduating Christ the Saviour Seminary in 1978, his first assignment was St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church in Freehold, New Jersey, where he enjoyed being their pastor for the next seven years.  While in New Jersey, he also furthered his education at Georgian Court University, and at the Antiochian House of Studies.
On June 1st 1985 he was assigned to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church on Vine Avenue SE in Warren, Ohio.  A few years later, a new church was built on North Road where he oversaw the construction of the new building.  Father Ken, and his wife Pani Mary raised their three sons Nicholas, Aaron and Nathan where they made their home behind St. Nicholas Church, where he served as pastor for   39 years.
Fr. Ken kept very active in his service, serving in many other functions throughout the Orthodox community.  He served as the Dean of the Youngstown Deanery, Chairman of the Diocesan Building Committee, Overseer of Christian education in the Diocese, Professor of the Diocesan Deaconate Program, Consultant to the Diocesan Consistory, Diocesan Overseer of Camp Nazareth, Member of the Howland Ministerium, Professor of Old and New Testament Scripture at the Christ the Saviour Seminary, and founding board member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Academy and Preschool in Warren, Ohio.  Yet no matter his responsibilities, he always kept himself available for anyone who needed him.

After much prayerful consideration, in May of 2022 Fr. Ken asked for the blessing from His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory to enter into retirement.  Having been granted retirement, Fr. Ken graciously continued to serve as interim pastor until  a new priest, could be assigned. in June of 2024, with the ordination to the Holy Priesthood of Deacon Timothy Paproski, and his assignment as administrator of  St. Nicholas Parish, he was able to officially enter into retirement from active pastoral ministry. In the words of Metropolitan Gregory, as one of the premiere, respected senior priests of the Diocese, Fr. Ken's work to the Diocese and the Church at large thankfully continues.  In his retirement, Fr. Ken continues to serve the Diocese in a mentoring role as professor of Sacred Scripture at Christ the Saviour Seminary and as member of the Diocesan Consistory.  Fr. Ken and Pani Mary's greatest joy in retirement is spending time with their children and grandchildren.