Meet our Leadership Team
The commitment of the staff and leadership at Ekklesia Iwigá is at the heart of what makes us a living, thriving church. They are dedicated to serving the community and strengthening the impact of our church on people’s lives.
The Ekklesia Iwiga, The Ekklesia Epignostika Old Catholic Church, and Seminary (EEC & EES) are governed by its Synod College of Bishops presided by the Presiding Bishop, and, with the assistance of their various advisors, maintain an open and transparent means of governing the Church.
THE CHURCH'S COUNCIL
The Church Council is the administrative body of the Church community elected by its members for the purpose of working together as volunteers with the Parish Priest or Proistamenos in fulfilling the mission and goals of that particular community. This brief description of the local governing body of a Parish also explains a fundamental aspect of the structure of the Old Catholic Church. Both clergy and laity are the “People of God,” who seek by the grace of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the mission entrusted to them to live and proclaim the Holy Gospel and the Holy Tradition of the Old Catholic Church.
Meet the 2021-2022 Executive Pastoral Council
Father Nikolaos (retired) President & Spiritual Advisor VACANT, Vice President Luis Juarez, Secretary
Dawn Nichols, Treasurer
Meet the 2021-2022 General Church Council
Dcn. Jair Vargas, Dorris Romero, Darragh McGowan, Agnes Ó Raghallaigh, Brenyn Mulligan
All of our clergy are on a volunteer basis and receive zero benefits and or remuneration from the church. Parish clergy may receive honoraria and gifts for baptisms, weddings, quinceañeras, and funerals, but it is important to note that the clergy never charges any fees for his or her services. Free-will offerings are often made to him or her or the parish. As given to us by Christ (Matt 10:8), it is sinful, sacrilegious, and rude for any cleric to ask for money while performing his or her sacred ministry
Rev. Mr. John R. Fleming, M.Ed., BCET
Protodeacon & Director,
Department of Religious Education
Rev. Ms. Brenda Orr
Diakonissa & Director of Women's and Intuitive Ministries
Rev. Mr. Jair Vargas
Deacon & Director, Spanish and Native American Ministries
Meet The Team
Founder of the One, Holy, Catholic,and Apostolic Church
The Most Rev.
+Katia Sophia Romanoff
Presiding Bishop, EEC & EES
in mundo: +Katia Romanoff, Ph.D.
The Very Reverend Archpriest Nikolaos (ret.)
Vicar-General (ret.) | Director, The Office for Family Life & Spirituality
in mundo: Justin Hurtado-Palomo, Ph.D.