Nativity of the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church has faithfully served Orthodox
Christians in the Bay Area for over fifty years. Founded after the Second World War
by Russian émigrés from China and Europe, our parish now ministers to a wide variety
of people, including many recent arrivals from the former Soviet Union. We welcome
all to join us as we continue to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and proclaim the Gospel of
salvation in an ever-changing world.
Visitors are welcome to attend all our services. Our facilities are handicapped-accessible.
Interim Parish Priest Father David Lowell:
Experience and education:
BA Religion and Philosophy, Birmingham-Southern College 1971
Certificate in Non-Profit Management, University of San Francisco, 1993
MA Pastoral Theology, Cambridge Theological Federation, Anglia Ruskin in conjunction with the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge, 2014
Member American Academy of Religion since 1997
Member Society of Biblical Literature since 1997
1986- 2010 Raphael House of San Francisco Family Shelter
2009-2013 Rector, Holy Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral, Denver, Colorado.
Member of the Board of OCCIF , a non-profit Orthodox Christian investment and mortgage company created to provide loans to new missions in the Orthodox Church, and to offer modest investment opportunities for parishes interested in short to medium term investment at higher rates than conventional Certificates of Deposit and conservative bonds.
Serves as a non-director volunteer on various committes of the Metropolitan Council ( 1- the OCA strategic planning committee which gives its concluding report to the OCA All American Council this July in Atlanta, and -2- the reorganizationTask Force which reviews the departments and ministries of the OCA, an ad hoc committee.)
Serves as a non-director volunteer for the Diocesan Council. I attend all Diocesan Council meetings in San Francisco. ( As a board member of OCCIF I can no longer serve as a voting member of the Diocesan Council to avoid conflicts of interest in loan decisions)
Is a member of the Department of Parish Life of the OCA. This takes me to Syossett, the OCA central offices periodically. My next trip is April 27-30, after Pascha. One of the areas we are currently working on is joint cooperation between the national Church and our Diocese on better mentoring of new priests and increasing the opportunities for clergy internships in parishes prior to first assignments.