Archpriest Chad Hatfield is the first Chancellor of St. Vladimir’s Seminary. The Board of Trustees, during the Dean’s search, saw the need for a revision of the seminary’s governance model. Father Chad came to SVOTS from St. Herman Seminary in Alaska, where he was serving as the Dean. He presently serves as a member of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).
As Chancellor he works closely with Archpriest John Behr, the Dean, and the Executive Chair of the SVOTS Board, Mr. Alex Machaskee. Together they use a unique conciliar design to engage the seminary faculty and staff in serving the needs of everyone in the seminary community and the wider Orthodox Church. His experience in various pastoral, teaching and administrative roles, spread over some 30 years of ordained ministry, are now blended into the Chancellor’s ministry at SVOTS.
His wife, Matushka Thekla, is an integral part of seminary life where she is the Coordinator for the St. Juliana Society . An iconographer and graphic designer, she is currently finishing her certification as a botanical illustrator. They are the parents of Jason, who is married to Kasey, and who are the parents of Ryan, Morgan, and Braedon Richard. They live in Austin, Texas where Jason is a physician. Sean is the youngest Hatfield son, married to Maggie, and the couple lives in Wichita, Kansas, where Sean practices law.
Father Chad was ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood by His Grace Bishop Basil of Wichita.
1975 Southwestern College. Bachelor of Arts, History & Secondary Education
1978 Nashotah House Seminary Master of Divinity
1988 Nashotah House Seminary Master of Sacred Theology (STM). Thesis: “Baptism, Chrismation, Eucharist: Christian Initiation, A Recovery of the Primitive Pattern”.
2001 Doctor of Ministry, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Thesis: “An Examination of the Pastoral Rites for Ministry to the Sick as Found in the Orthodox Christian Euchologia”.
The Fund Raising School, Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
2008 Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa), Nashotah House
I currently teach PT208 Parish Administration, which is designed for seniors as a way to integrate their theological formation with practical application in parish life. The course covers topics of leadership; financial planning for parish and personal life (including pension and retirement); parish dynamics with councils, diocesan structures and volunteers (examined within the cultural context of a wider variety of Orthodox jurisdictions reflected in the traditions found in the senior class). My own nearly 40 years of priestly ministry in parish, school chaplaincy, foreign mission, and higher education administration links well with the various vocational options found among SVOTS graduates.
I also teach electives on a rotational basis: Mission & Evangelism; Creating and Sustaining a Healthy Parish; Orthodoxy in the Third World: The Mission Continues; Evangelization and the Orthodox Church.
The St. Innocent Society is a student interest group with an emphasis on mission. As the faculty advisor I help to facilitate extra-curricular activities including guest speakers on campus and service projects. Mission Team activities are coordinated with both Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) and nternational Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).