Rev. Fr. Richard Reed was appointed the Rector of St. Joseph of Optina Russian Orthodox Church in September of 2014 by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion.
Fr Richard was received into ROCOR and was ordained to the diaconate and to the priesthood in June of 2012. On July 14, 2013 Metropolitan Hilarion decreed Fr Richard to become our Assistant Priest. Before coming to St Joseph's, he served as a Western Rite Priest in ROCOR at a small parish in Woodstock, Virginia.
Fr Richard is married to Matushka Mary Magdalene (Carol). They have two children who are married and have eleven grand children.
He is Retired Navy having served first with the US Army Reserves and then as an enlisted Naval Hospital Corpsman. In 1986 he received a commission as a Medical Service Corps Officer. His duties included serving as a Corpsman and Health Care Administrator in a variety of commands with the US Navy and Marine Corps; in such places as Okinawa, several duty stations in California, Texas, various commands in the Tidewater area and at Camp LaJeune. He was also with a USMC Surgical Support Hospital in Desert Storm/Shield.
Fr Richard has a Masters of Health Administration from MCV, a Masters of Divinity from Logos Christian College and Graduate Schools, and a Masters of Divinity from Holy Resurrection Orthodox Seminary. He has also completed 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education and has served as a Chaplain in hospitals and hospices for many years. Fr Richard also served as a Missionary in Southern Sudan in 2002 and on a medical team, as a surgical technician, in Honduras in 2003.
Check out Fr. Richard's new blog at http://padrerichard.wordpress.com/