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Biography of Fr. Timothy Baclig

Fr. Timothy Baclig has pastored St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Van Nuys, California for the past twenty-five years. He previously served as Pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania (1983-1990), after earning a Master's Degree from St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary and following his ordination to the Holy Priesthood in January of 1983.

While on the East Coast, Fr. Timothy completed four semesters towards a Doctor of Ministry Degree at St. Vladimir's Seminary prior to his move to California, focusing upon addictive behavior from the Orthodox Patristic Tradition, and lecturing on "Spirituality" at Mirmont Rehabilitation Center in West Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was elevated to the rank of Archpriest by His Grace Bishop Basil in 1995. Father served as the National Spiritual Advisor to Antiochian Teens for 14 years, in addition to having served as the Spiritual Advisor to the Antiochian Women and The Fellowship of St. John the Divine. He was appointed by Metropolitan Joseph in 2013 to serve as Secretary of the Pastoral Affairs Committee of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops.

Fr. Timothy's conversion to Holy Orthodoxy began during his year of study in Jerusalem (1976-1977) at the start of his Master's Degree. He and his wife Gretchen were former Protestant Evangelicals, chrismated in 1979 at their home parish in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they were married in 1980. Their son Michael, born in 1981, is married with three children and resides in Bentonville, Arkansas.