St. Joseph of Optina Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Welcome to the Saint Joseph of Optina Russian Orthodox Church Website

 Building on the foundations of our mission to continue to be able to provide a place of worship for all Orthodox Christians in our area, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York and the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad has given his blessing to Father Sergiy Kosov to serve as Rector of Saint Joseph of Optina Russian Orthodox Church and for our congregation to represent the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia throughout the Hampton Roads region in Southeastern Virginia. 


 In addition to holding church services, Fr. Sergiy is available to serve all of the spiritual needs of our Orthodox community. We are blessed to have two priests serving our congregation and community of Orthodox Christians in Virginia. Father Seraphim Stephens, who together with Matushka Zenobia, started our parish as a Russian Orthodox mission and who both continue to serve our congregation. Father Sergiy and Matushka Elena have relocated from Russia to better serve the needs of our local Orthodox community. Thanks to the efforts of Matushka Elena, Sunday School is now available at Saint Joseph of Optina Russian Orthodox Church. 


 Visitors are welcome to attend services at our church and invited to take their first steps into the Orthodox tradition with us. Children are invited to stay after the services have ended on Sunday to learn under the tutelage of Matushka Elena and everyone is encouraged to stay to enjoy food and each other's company with Matushka Zenobia. Learn more about the history and traditions of Orthodox Christians and join us as we continue to grow our congregation in Virginia this Sunday!

Upcoming Events & Services
Sunday, 11 / 24 March
St Gregory of Palamas
9:30AM Hours & Divine Liturgy
Saturday, 17 / 30 March
4:00PM Commemoration of the Departed

5:00PM 9th Hour and Vespers
Sunday, 18 / 31 March
Adoration of the Cross
9:30AM Hours & Divine Liturgy
Saturday, 24 March / 6 April
5:00PM 9th Hour and Vespers
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Contact Information
Parish address:
810 Kempsville Road,
Suite 5
Virginia Beach, VA  23464
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Mailing address:
PO Box 64476
VirginiaBeach, VA  23467

Parish phone number:
(757) 390-2426
Fr. Sergiy Kosov, Rector
Cell phone: 718-207-0231
or email using this web form.
Fr. Sergiy Kosov may be contacted 24/7 in case of urgent religious matters.

The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR)

The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is that part of the Russian Church which is outside the boundaries of the Russian State, governed at the present time by a Chief Hierarch and a Synod of Bishops chosen by the Sobor of Bishops of the Russian Diaspora.

To learn more about ROCOR, please visit the Learn More page.