The Rev. Dr. Nicholas Solak

The Rev. Dr. Nicholas Solak

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology

Father Nicholas Solak is a graduate of St. Vladimir's Seminary; first in 2002 with an M.Div. degree and again in 2008 with a D.Min. Degree. He was ordained to the priesthood in February 2002. Prior to attending St. Vladimir's Seminary, Fr. Nicholas worked for 10 years in prisons delivering cognitive-behavioral treatment to criminal offenders with drug and alcohol addiction histories. He also has experience working with the 12-Step Program in treating drug and alcohol addicts. Since graduating from St. Vladimir's Seminary with his M.Div. degree, he has been the parish priest at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Stroudsburg, PA where he lives with his wife and three children. 

Educational Background

  • M.Div., St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • D.Min., St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary


Teaching Interests

  • Pastoral Theology

Current Projects and Research Interests

  • Member of the OCA Pastoral Life Department
  • Dean of Wilkes-Barre Deanery
  • Administrator of HOPE Program (Honoring Orthodox Pastoral Excellence) - a clergy peer learning initiative of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Parish priest, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Stroudsburg, PA

Recent Courses Taught at SVOTS

  • PT 205: Intro to Pastoral Theology
  • PT 101: Intro to Prison Ministry
  • PT 322: Parish Revitalization
  • PT 533: Counseling in the Parish

Recent Conference Presentations and Activities

  • “Therapy as Confession, Confession as Therapy,” co-presenter with Dr. Philip Mamalakis, The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion Annual Conference, 2015 


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