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Thou hast revealed the earthly majesty of the dwelling place of the holy glory, O Lord, as the brilliance of the firmament on high. Make firm its foundation unto ages of ages, and receive our fervent supplications which are offered to thee, there in, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O life and Resurrection of all.

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The Very Reverend Philip Nixon

Fr. Philip Nixon was born Douglas Kent Nixon in St. Johns, Michigan, on Holy Saturday, April 23, 1949. At the age of 8 he moved with his father to southern California where he and his siblings would attend the local Christian Church. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a Minor in Missions at Biola University, La Mirada, CA in 1972. After two years of graduate studies in Theology at Talbot Seminary, La Mirada, CA, he enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Biola University. He graduated in 1978. During his college years, Fr. Philip traveled with an evangelistic drama team for two summers throughout Africa and the Far East.

After completing his graduate degrees, he worked as a substance abuse counselor at Alpha Center in Placentia, CA and later as a Marriage and Family Therapist in clinics and private practice.

In 1975 Fr. Philip married Theodora (Holly) Nixon. They have five children and three grandchildren.

Fr. Philip and Theodora joined the Evangelical Orthodox Church in 1980 in Santa Cruz, CA and was ordained there as a clergyman in 1983. In February,1987 he and his family were received into the Antiochian Orthodox Church with the rest of the Evangelical Orthodox Church. He was ordained to the Orthodox Priesthood by Metropolitan PHILIP at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Ben Lomond, CA also in 1987. Fr. Philip served as an assistant priest at Ss. Peter and Paul until 1992. In 1989, Fr. Philip and Kh. Theodora visited Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, for the purpose of spiritual ministry and to take needed items, such as Orthodox books and medicines. Fr. Philip assisted in the formation of St. Stephen Orthodox Mission in Cupertino, CA from 1992-1993.

In 1993 he and his family moved to Twin Falls, Idaho where he began St. Ignatius Mission, and remained the pastor there for eight years. During this time he also worked to establish two other Antiochian Orthodox missions in Idaho: one in Post Falls and one in Boise.

In 2002 His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP assigned Fr. Philip as priest at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Tucson, AZ. In the past few years he presided over the design and construction of the new Church Temple. .

In 2010, Fr. Philip accompanied His Eminence Bishop JOSEPH and the faithful on a pilgrimage to Syria, Lebanon and Antioch.

On January 26, 2014 Fr. Philip was elevated to the dignity of Arch-Priest