Father George Gray
Father George Gray has been Rector at St. Nicholas since the Spring of 1982 — the same year he was ordained to the priesthood. He is married to Daria, who is a speech therapist at a local outpatient rehab clinic. Their son Kyrion is in the Coast Guard and is currently deployed to the Washington, D.C., area.
Beyond his parish responsibilities, Father George teaches courses in the Old Testament and New Testament as well as World Religions at a couple of colleges in Portland. He also assists with the Diaconal Training Program for the Orthodox Church in America, which helps to academically prepare potential candidates for ordained ministry.
He has authored a number of articles, booklets and other publications, and his current project is a comparison of the lives and witness of Ss. Herman of Alaska and Damien of Molokai.
“I hope your visit to our parish is a blessing to you, and I look forward to meeting you,” he said.
Deacon Igor Beskorovaynyy
Deacon Igor Beskorovaynyy has been a member of St. Nicholas Church since 2007 after moving to the United States from Russia.
He served St. Nicholas parish as a reader, a subdeacon, and in 2014, he started serving as a deacon after being ordained by Archbishop Benjamin.
In 2008, Deacon Igor and his wife Nina completed a two-year educational program at the Theological College of St. Philaret’s Orthodox Christian Institute. In 2010,Deacon Igor started a higher theological education at St. Philaret’s Institute. At present, Deacon Igor is working on his thesis in liturgical theology for a bachelor’s degree.
Deacon Igor and his wife Nina have two daughters, Yana and Anna, who both were born in the United States and baptized at St. Nicholas Church.
In addition to his ministry at St. Nicholas parish, Deacon Igor works as a full-time computer engineer.