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Bishop Gerasim ordains alumnus, seminarian in South Carolina

Fr Joseph Wosseler and Dn David Galloway Ordinations

Saint Vladimir's Seminary Alumnus Dn. Joseph Wesseler and Seminarian David Galloway were ordained together Sunday, April 3, 2022 at St. John of the Ladder Orthodox Church, Greenville, SC—Dn. Joseph to the priesthood and David to the diaconate. Another alumnus, His Grace, Bishop Gerasim, presided over the Divine Liturgy and ordinations. 

Fr Joseph Wosseler during the ordination service

Father Joseph and Dn. David are clergy of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

The Rev. Joseph Wesseler graduated from St. Vladimir's Seminary in 2017 with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree. He holds a B.A. in philosophy with a minor in psychology from California State University, Fresno, and previously worked at Pro-Youth H.E.A.R.T. in Visalia, CA, an after-school program providing homework help, supplemental math and reading work, and anti-gang and anti-drug education programs for youth.

Dn David and wife Megan following the ordination service

The Rev. Dn. David Galloway is in his second year of studies in the Seminary's M.Div. program. Before coming to St. Vladimir's, he studied English literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London and philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. Deacon David worked as a senior technical writer and IT project manager for two large ISPs and wrote for tech blogs including Lifehacker and Gizmodo. He lives on the campus of St. Vladimir's with his wife, Megan, and their two daughters, Penny and Monya. 

May God grant the newly ordained Fr. Joseph and Dn. David and their families many years!

Photos (top and middle): St. John of the Ladder Orthodox Church