Welcome to The Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Christian Church!
Welcome to The Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Christian Church (Saint Mary's) which is a parish of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. whose presiding bishop is His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa. The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese is an autonomous diocese under the spiritual protection of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople of which His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I is the Primate.
It was founded over 100 years ago in the Southern Coalfields of West Virginia. The parish was located at Elkhorn, in McDowell County. Organized in 1895, the church building (which still stands) was built in 1912. Immigrant coal-miners from the Carpathian mountain region of Eastern Europe were the founding fathers of the parish. The old church was sold and a new church built in Bluefield, West Virginia in the year 2000. Since then, the church has experienced new growth, with Orthodox Christians from many different ethnic backgrounds becoming members, along with a number of American converts to Orthodoxy. Our parish is known for its warm, welcoming atmosphere. You are cordially invited to join us as we worship the One God in Trinity at the Sunday Divine Liturgy, celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Other services are as scheduled. Please see the monthly calendar on this website for more information and a detailed list of events . Learn More ...