Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Ben Lomond, California
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Rev. Fr. Nathan Thompson, Pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul, eff. August 1, 2015

     Reverend Father Nathan Thompson was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1973. His family moved back to the Midwest and he grew up in Iowa City, Iowa; St Louis, Missouri and Indianapolis, Indiana. After receiving a B.A. in Literature at Wheaton College outside of Chicago, he attended Fuller Theological Seminary, where he met his wife, Khouria Mandy and received a M.A. in Theology.
     After a short time in Protestant college ministry, he became a Paramedic Firefighter for almost a decade. During this time, he and Kh. Mandy were chrismated by Father Jon Braun at St Anthony’s Orthodox Church in San Diego and they had Chloe and Rebecca.
     After suffering a career-ending back injury while in training with the San Diego Fire Department, the family, with the blessing of his spiritual father and His Emmanence Metropolitan JOSEPH, made the decision for him to attend an Orthodox Seminary. Father Nathan attended St Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Northeast Pennsylvania. While there, Micah was born and Father Nathan received his Masters of Divinity. 
     Father Nathan was assigned to Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Palmdale on July 5th 2009, where he served as the pastor for 6 years. During that time, he also worked as a phlebotomist in a lab. He was then transferred to Ss. Peter and Paul in Ben Lomond on August 1st, 2015.
     Kh. Mandy was born in San Diego and grew up there and in Orange County. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Sacramento State and then an M.S. from the School of Psychology at Fuller Seminary. She is now putting that degree to work keeping Fr. Nathan in line and raising Chloe, Rebecca and Micah.
     The three kids are all excellent students and complete goofballs (in a good way.) All three love reading inventing games to play, swimming and playing with our beloved dog, Ginger. Chloe especially loves writing stories and drawing as well. Chloe and Rebecca also enjoy making elaborate stories up for fun. Micah also plays baseball.

 

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9:30 am Divine Liturgy
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Commemoration of the Myrrh-Bearing Women, Pious Joseph of Arimathea & Righteous Nicodemus (April 30)

Verily, the angel came to the tomb and said to the ointment-bearing women, the ointment is meet for the dead, but Christ is shown to be remote from corruption. But cry ye, The Lord is risen, granting the world the Great Mercy. (Apolytikion in Tone 2)


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