Clergy

The Reverend Father Aaron Warwick

Our pastor, Father Aaron Warwick, was assigned to St Mary on November 23, 2009. Father Aaron Warwick and family Father Aaron graduated with his Master's in Divinity from St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY in May 2009. Father Aaron was ordained a presbyter by His Grace, Bishop Basil of Wichita, on May 6, 2007. During his seminary years Father Aaron served as a part-time assistant at the Antiochian Archdiocesan Cathedral of St Nicholas in Brooklyn, NY. He also served as a full-time assistant pastor at St Michael Orthodox Church in Louisville, KY between his seminary graduation and assignment to St Mary.

Prior to seminary, Father Aaron graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting major) from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Between college and seminary, Father Aaron worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha as a corporate auditor. During that time he also served St Mary Orthodox Church in Omaha as a chanter, youth group leader, and parish council member.

Father Aaron and his wife, Gwen, have four young children: Emmelia, Adrian, Dominic and Simone.

Deacon James Kallail

Deacon James and Rosemary KallailDeacon James is a 2010 graduate from the Antiochian House of Studies, St. Stephen's Program. He was ordained by His Grace, Bishop Basil, on September 5, 2010 at St. Mary parish in Wichita. He is a life-long member of the parish where his grandfather was a founding member. In his secular work, Deacon James is a professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. He and his wife, Rosemary, have two adult children, Nicholas of Houston, Texas, and Sarah of Wichita.


Past St. Mary Clergy

Clergy who have served at St. Mary Orthodox Church, Wichita, Kansas (+ denotes departed)

  • 1932 + Rev. Bahhah (coming from Allentown, PA)
  • 1932-1938 (During this time, many priests came to Wichita to serve the community.)
  • December, 1935 +V. Rev. Michael M. Yanney (from Sioux City, Iowa, but here for the laying of the cornerstone on December 8, 1935)
  • + Rev. Agapios Gholam (dedicated the new church, and served the first Liturgy on April 5, 1936)
  • + Rev. Methodios Shalhoub (from Kearney, NE)
  • +Rev. Andrew Nasser
  • +Rev. George Trad (also served in Utica, NY & Louisville, KY)
  • +V. Rev. Nicholas Nahas (missionary priest, originally from Beaumont, TX, who also served in Kearney, NE and elsewhere)
  • + Rev. Gerasimos Yared
  • 1938-1945 +V. Rev. Nicholas Husson
  • 1946-1950 + V. Rev. Basilios Mahfouz
  • July, 1950-September, 1958 V. Rev. Michael Husson (church was consecrated in 1956)
  • 1958-1959 +Rt. Rev. Michael Howard (occasionally would come from Toledo to help, as well as in the 60s)
  • January, 1959 +Rt. Rev. Basilios Saffi
  • February, 1959-May,1962 V. Rev. George P. Lambros
  • 1962 Rt. Rev. Antoun (Anthony) Malik & +V. Rev. Nicholas Nahas
  • February, 1963-May,1963 Rev. George David
  • May, 1963-July, 1966 +Rev. Michael Hadad
  • July, 1966 Rev. George David
  • August, 1966-April, 1967 +Rev. Nicodeme Joseph
  • May, 1967-February, 1972 V. Rev. John Essa
  • 1972-1979 V. Rev. Anthony Sabbagh
  • 1979-1984 V. Rev. Jason DelVitto
  • 1984-1996 V. Rev. Peter Leigh
  • 1996-2001 Rev. Stephen T. Ziton
  • 2001-2003 V. Rev. Christopher Holwey
  • late 2003- July 2004 Rev. John Meffridge
  • July 2004-November 2009 Rev. Peter Smith
  • November 2009 - present Rev. Aaron Warwick

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