Fr. Matthew Mcdonald comes to St. Michael’s after graduating from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox
Theological Seminary. As a seminarian, he was trained and formed by the St. Tikhon’s monastic
community, which was one of the most profoundly healing experiences of his life. On
December 21, 2019, he was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Paul. On October 18,
2020, he was ordained to the holy priesthood by Bishop Alexis.
Fr. Matthew is a convert to holy Orthodoxy. He was raised Baptist and Pentecostal. However,
while attending a Pentecostal liberal arts college in Springfield, MO, a friend invited him to
come to a Vespers (evening prayer service) at St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church.
Although he was not immediately interested in Orthodoxy. the Lord had compassion on him
and brought him back to St. Thomas a year later, and this time he fell in love with Orthodoxy.
Fr. Matthew and his wife, Christine, converted to Orthodoxy in December 2005.
Before seminary, Fr. Matthew spent the previous eight years working with children in
the custody of the State of Missouri. He spent four years working in a residential facility for
teen-aged boys, and then an additional four years working with children as a specialized foster
care case manager. In addition to being the acting rector of St. Michael’s, he is also the current
director of FOCUS Gateway City, an Orthodox social service agency working out of St. Michael’s.
Fr. Matthew is excited to be at St. Michael’s. He looks forward to the transformative work the
Holy Spirit will continue to do in the lives of this community and who will be drawn by the Spirit
to be a part of our St. Michael’s family, the Holy Orthodox Church, and the Kingdom of God!