Our parish is a part of the Russian Orthodox Church, whose current first hierarch is Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. He became Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on February 1, 2009. Prior to becoming Patriarch, Kirill was Archbishop (later Metropolitan) of Smolensk and Kaliningrad beginning on December 26, 1984, and also Chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church's Department for External Church Relations and a permanent member of the Holy Synod beginning in 1989.
We are part of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, whose first hierarch is Metropolitan Hilarion of New York and Eastern America. On March 16, 2008, the very day of the repose of His Eminence, Metropolitan Laurus, Archbishop Hilarion was appointed Temporary President of Synod of Bishops and of the electoral commission tasked with preparing for the Sobor of Bishops. There His Eminence was elected First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad on May 12. On May 18, 2008, Metropolitan Hilarion was enthroned in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign.
The parish is located in the Western American Diocese, led by archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America. Kyrill of San Francisco was appointed ruling hierarch of the Western American Diocese in 2002. In 2003 he was elevated to the rank of archbishop. The same year he participated in the first official delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia to Russia, which opened the process of reconciliation with the Moscow Patriarchate.
Our deanery, the northwest deanery, is led by bishop Theodosy of Seattle. Bishop Theodosius was consecrated on September 7, 2008, at the Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow". On January 6-9 2009, Bishop Theodosius visited his cathedral in Seattle, WA, Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, for the first time. He officiated Nativity Vigil and Liturgy, met with parishioners, the cathedral youth and later visited the All-Merciful Savior Monastery on Vashon Island.
Our rector is archpriest Michael van Opstall. Fr. Michael is a father of four, a professor of mathematics at the University of Utah, and a composer of choral music. He completed the Pastoral School of the Chicago Diocese in 2007.