Dn. Marek Simon named executive director of OCF

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Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)—the official college ministry for all twelve jurisdictions of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops—has named Rev. Deacon Marek Simon as its executive director. He will begin his tenure on September 16. Deacon Marek will be formally introduced to the dozens of student leaders attending OCF’s Summer Leadership Institute being held August 14-17 at St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, WI.

Deacon Marek with his wife, Allison, and two sons, Elias and LukeDeacon Marek with his wife, Allison, and two sons, Elias and LukeAfter graduating from St. Vladimir’s Seminary in 2001, Dn. Marek has been serving at Antiochian Village Camp since 2002, where he oversees the development and advancement efforts of the camp. He also serves as supervisor of the camp’s staff and manages its team-building ropes course program. During this time, Dn. Marek remained committed to campus ministry, serving as the advisor for OCF’s Student Leadership Board from 2005-2009.

“I first learned about the scope of OCF's work in 2002, and now I am both excited and honored to focus my efforts in hopes of advancing the mission, vision, and goals of OCF,” said Dn. Marek, speaking of his long history and bright future with OCF.

“I am passionate about working with young people as they navigate their journey into adulthood, experience college, explore vocation, and seek to grow in their faith. I look forward to working with the staff of OCF, college students, clergy, lay leaders, and other Orthodox ministries to share the Good News of Christ throughout our college communities,” he added.

Deacon Marek’s hiring is a significant part of the growth and restructuring of the organization currently being conducted by OCF’s Board of Directors.

“On behalf of our dedicated staff and the students we serve, I look forward to working with Dn. Marek as a fellow colleague in realizing the Board’s vision of bringing Christ in His fullness to the college campus,” said Dn. Alexander Cadman, Board Chairman.

Learn more about the ongoing ministry of OCF by visiting their website.