St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
Moundville, AL 35474

A Brief History of St. Gregory\'s

Tuscaloosa Orthodox Christians met for irregular services for 10 years prior to the formation of the parish in 1989. The parish was granted mission status in 1989 and soon welcomed Fr. Demetrius Edwards as their priest. Fr. Demetrius had served the mission as a Deacon on loan from St. Symeon the New Theologian in Birmingham, Alabama helping to organize the mission and providing readers services. 

The mission had been meeting in a rented building near the campus of the University of Alabama for 19 years until the property was purchased for condominiums in 2007. The parish had been looking for locations in and around the University and the metro Tuscaloosa area but due to the rising prices in these areas it became price prohibitive to remain near the campus. The mission began looking outside of Tuscaloosa and found property in Moundville, Alabama 15 minutes from Downtown Tuscaloosa. 

The property purchased consists of 3 acres of land with a large 6, 500 square foot building. The building meets all of our needs of a chapel, fellowship hall, kitchen, education rooms, library, music room, bookstore and office space. We also have long term goals of construction of a new Church building in the future. 

The Moundville property is an answer to many years of prayer for the community. His Eminence Archbishop Dmitri inspected the property and gave his blessing in February 2008 for the community to purchased the land. 

We celebrated our first service in our new home on March 23, 2008. 

Our congregation includes Romanians, Greeks, Russians and many converts to the faith. Many of our members drive from 50-80 miles away to attend services. The services are held in English, but many greetings and litanies can be heard in the languages reflected in our community.

We welcome everyone to visit with us.

Archbishop Dmitri giving his blessing to Fr. Demetrius to purchase our new church property
Archbishop Dmitri giving his blessing to Fr. Demetrius to purchase our new church property
Archbishop Dmitri giving his blessing to Fr. Demetrius to purchase our new church property
Fr. Joseph Fester Chancellor speaking with Fr. Demetrius
Fr. Joseph Fester Chancellor speaking with Fr. Demetrius
Fr. Joseph Fester Chancellor speaking with Fr. Demetrius
Mr. Milos Konjevich Diocesan Treasurer and Administrator speaks with parishioner Phillip Burnett
Mr. Milos Konjevich Diocesan Treasurer and Administrator speaks with parishioner Phillip Burnett
Mr. Milos Konjevich Diocesan Treasurer and Administrator speaks with parishioner Phillip Burnett