About St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church
We are honored to have you join us in our worship of God. This parish was founded by Ukrainian believers over 100 years ago, but is open and welcomes all believers and those seeking an experience of the Most Holy Trinity.
About Father Dennis Kristof
Fr. Dennis Kristof has been the Dean of St. Nicholas Pro-Cathedral since July 1988. He was born in Cincinnati, OH. After completing his first two years at the University of Cincinnati, he enrolled in SS. Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary graduating from La Roche College in Pittsburgh PA. His studies then took him the North American College in Rome, Italy for three years culminating in his STB degree, Magna Cum Laude from the Gregorian University. He did additional study at Catholic University in Washington, DC and St. Vladimir Seminary in Crestwood, NY.
The first parish he and his wife Pani Barbara served was St. Mary Protection Parish in Bridgeport, CT before relocating to Lakewood, OH where Fr. Dennis was installed as Dean of St. Nicholas. They have remained here for over 30 years serving St. Nicholas, the wider Orthodox community of the Greater Cleveland area, and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. He is at the point now that he is marrying and baptizing the children of parishioners he himself baptized and who Pani Barbara instructed in the St. Nicholas Church school!
They have three adult children, Juliana, Damian and Benjamin, and four grandchildren, Victoria, Isaac, Amelia and Alyona.
About Our History
In 2016, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church celebrated it's 100 Year Anniversary. Founded in 1916, the story really begins in the late nineteenth century in Ukraine. Click below to learn the whole story.
For nearly twenty centuries, the Orthodox Church has continued to practice unchanged in terms of worship. The Orthodox Church today is able to offer people an inspirational, yet traditional outlook to many modern problems and concerns facing people today.