Meet the Clergy-St. Mary Orthodox Church-Falls Church, VA

Meet the Clergy
About the Clergy at St. Mary Orthodox Church.


"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." -Matthew 4:19

Rev. Fr. David Subu


Rev. Fr. David G. Subu grew up in Troy, MI, a suburb of Detroit. He received a Bachelor of Arts (1993) and a Master of Arts (1997) in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. His graduate research and thesis focused on the Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Monastery in Rives Junction, MI, which opened his heart and compelled him to follow his calling in seminary. He completed his theological studies at St. Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA, and received a Master of Divinity degree (2000). During his seminary years he served a two-year internship with the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Orthodox Church of America.

In 2000 he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Nathaniel (Popp) of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America at his family’s home parish of Ss. Peter and Paul in Dearborn Hts., MI. He was then assigned to the parish of Holy Cross in Hermitage, PA where he served joyfully until the end of 2005. In 2006, a new chapter of his family’s life began as they moved to Northern Virginia for Father’s new assignment at The Protection of the Holy Mother of God Parish (a.ka. St. Mary) in Falls Church.

Fr. David continues to be involved in ministry to young people on a diocesan and national level. He has co-authored the on-line OCF Starter Kit with Rev. Fr. Michael Anderson, as well as a number of articles in The Orthodox Church news magazine, youth ministry programs for The Hub, and two articles with Fr. Benjamin Tucci in the OCA Resource Handbook, and articles in The Orthodox Church and Solia. He also has participated in mission trips to Project Mexico and Hogar Raphael Ayau (Guatemala) and Romania with Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s Real Break and National AROY. He currently serves on the Romanian Epicopate's Executive Council as Director of Department of Religious Education and is in enrolled in his first year as a Doctorate of Ministries candidate through St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.

In 1997, David Subu married the love of his life, Preoteasa Stephanie. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Teaching from Western Michigan University, minoring in Art History and Comparative Religion. They have been blessed with three children. Preoteasa has served in the education field in various capacities, including former assistant headmaster of Orthodox Christian Academies of Northeast Ohio (Warren, Ohio campus). In our parish, she is involved in the publication of our monthly newsletter, website content management, parish social networking (both online and off-line), and serves on the board for Doxacon, an Orthodox Christian led science-fiction and fantasy conference held locally as well as on the west coast. 

Protodeacon Peter Danilchick

What is a deacon? According to Protodeacon Peter, "The word ‘deacon’ comes from the Greek ‘diakon’, which means ‘servant’. The deacon’s job is simply to re-present Christ as Servant in the Church, the one who comes not to be served but to serve (Matt 20:25-28). He assists the priest in the liturgical services, leads the people in prayer, and performs whatever jobs are necessary in the Church (Acts 6:2-6). He has no authority on his own; his vocation is to show forth Christ as Servant. For the deacon, to live is to serve and to serve is to live. This is a joyful task.”

Protodeacon Peter was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas in 1975. He was encouraged to prepare for ordination by Protopresbyters Alexander Warnecke and Alexander Schmemann, both of blessed memory. Almost half of his 39 years of diaconal service was spent overseas in Japan, Singapore, Australia, Germany and Hong Kong, mostly with parishes and missions of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He is presently a Trustee of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and serves as a member of the OCA Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee and the Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. He has served on the OCA NY-NJ Diocesan Council, the OCA Metropolitan Council, and the Metropolitanate Council of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Protodeacon Peter was born and raised in Bayonne, NJ, of Russian Orthodox parents. He served as an altar boy at Ss Peter and Paul Church in Bayonne, and was active in Orthodox youth, camping, and fellowship activities in high school and university days. He was educated at The Cooper Union in New York City and Syracuse University where he received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering, respectively. Protodeacon Peter was employed by and is now retired from Exxon Mobil Corporation, with 33 years of operations, planning and general management experience. His community activities have included serving as the Chairman of the Governing Board, International School of Hamburg, Germany, and Member, Hong Kong Advisory Committee, US-China Business Council.

Protodeacon Peter and his wife Tanya live in Oakton, Virginia. They have three children, Matthew, Juliana and Kyra, and eight grandchildren, residing in Denver CO, Minneapolis MN, and London, England.

Subdeacons Eugene Ephraim Huang, Nicholas Dujmovic, Nicholas Jones, and Marion Maxim.

Subdeacons Eugene Huang, Nicholas Dujumovic, Nicholas Jones, and Marian Bogdan Maxim assist in training the altar servers and attend to the needs of our Bishop when he is present in our services. Subdeacons Eugene Huang and Nicholas Jones lead the chanting for our Saturday and Wednesday evening Vespers services, as well.

Our Tonsured Readers:

Jonathan Chaves         
John Grecco                         
John Koory                  
Stephen Miroy

Welcome to St. Mary Orthodox Church

"Today the faithful celebrate the feast with joy / illumined by your coming, O Mother of God. / Beholding your pure image we fervently cry to you; / Encompass us beneath the precious veil of your protection; / Deliver us from every form of evil by entreating Christ, / your Son and our God that He may save our souls.”

Consencrated in 1988, Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church (St. Mary), is a community of the Orthodox Church in America, an English-language parish of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, that meets in Falls Church, VA.  Our congregation is a mix of cradle, convert, and "re-vert" worshippers, coming from all different walks of life and backgrounds. In other words, we are a great American "melting pot" of Orthodoxy in the heart of the Nation's Capital!

Our Mission:
To share the light and the joy of Christian Orthodoxy in Northern Virginia, to educate the faithful and newcomers in the Faith and its teachings and traditions, making them accessible to all, and to practice hospitality and community building in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"Celebrating over 25 Years of Truth, Tradition and Hospitality in Northern Virginia"
We invite you to join Rev. Father David Subu, Protodeacon Peter Danilchick, and our entire community to share the fullness of faith with our friends and neighbors. Please join us for worship and fellowship. If you know someone who may be seeking an English-Service focused Orthodox community, please tell him or her about us!


Upcoming Events

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Archbishop NATHANIEL

We will be blessed with a parish visit by Archbishop NATHANIEL, Bishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate (OCA)! Please arrive before 9:15 a.m....
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Sunday, Jan 25, 2015
St. Juliana Fellowship Meeting

It is elections! The St. Juliana Fellowship will be meeting in the Library, following Divine Liturgy to hold election of officers as well as plan...
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Sunday, Jan 25, 2015
DOXACON planning meeting

11:45 a.m.-- Love science-fiction/fantasy? Then join us to plan Doxacon 2015--Where Faith & Truth Meet Science-Fiction & Fantasy. Join us...
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