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Fr. Chad Hatfield (born December 15, 1953) is an Eastern Orthodox Archpriest, President of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, where he teaches Missiology and Evangelism courses. Also, he is the editor of the Orthodox Christian Profiles Series, published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, and a member of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).


Fr. Chad Hatfield was ordained to the diaconate (January 5, 1994) and the priesthood (January 6, 1994) by Bishop Basil of Wichita (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America). Between 2002 and 2007 he served with great distinction as the Dean of St. Herman Seminary in Alaska. On November 18, 2006 he was elected as Chancellor of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary and began his term on September 8, 2007.[1] After serving a decade as Chancellor, on May 25, 2016, The Very Rev. Dr. Chad was appointed as Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary.[2]

After a few months, on November 30, 2016 Fr Chad was appointed as President of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary. On January 30, 2017, His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and St. Vladimir’s Seminary Board Chairman, announced that Fr Chad Hatfield’s term as President of the Seminary was extended by the Board of Trustees by the end of June 2019. On May 3, 2017, the Board of Trustees had voted unanimously to confirm Fr Chad as President of the Seminary for a new two-year term, beginning July 1, 2017, and concluding June 30, 2019.[2]

His wife, Matushka Thekla, is an integral part of seminary life where she is the Coordinator for the St. Juliana Society. An iconographer and graphic designer, she is currently finishing her certification as a botanical illustrator. They are the parents of Jason, who is married to Kasey, and who are the parents of Ryan, Morgan, and Braeden Richard. They live in Austin, Texas where Jason is a physician. Sean is the youngest Hatfield son, married to Maggie, and the couple lives in Wichita, Kansas, where Sean practices law.

Educational BackgroundEdit

Pastoral ExperienceEdit

  • 1978-1993 – 16 years of ministry in the Episcopal Church as parish priest, school chaplain, missionary in South Africa and as cathedral dean
  • 1994-2002 – Founding Pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church, Salina, Kansas
  • 1999-2002 – Priest-in-charge, St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Mission, Manhattan, Kansas

Current PositionsEdit

  • November 2016 - President of St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • 2016 - Member of the Senate of Instituto de Estudios Interdisciplinarios, Guatemala
  • 2011 - Metropolitan Council At-Large Member - Chair of Internal Governance Committee
  • 2009 - Advisor, Council for First Things
  • 2009 - Board Member, Mission Institute of Orthodox Christianity
  • 2005 - Member, Editorial Advisory Board for Christian Bioethics
  • 2005 - Member, OCA Board of Theological Education

Past PositionsEdit

  • 1995-2002 – OCF Spiritual Advisor for Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  • 1995-2008 – Board Member of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, St. Augustine, Florida
  • 1996-1998 – Book Review Editor, The Word magazine
  • 1996-2000 – SW Region Antiochian Archdiocese FORUM Spiritual Advisor
  • 1997-1999 – Religion Instructor, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas
  • 2000-2001 – SW Region Antiochian Women Spiritual Advisor
  • 2001 & 2004 – OCMC Team Leader to Guatemala
  • 2002-2007 – Member, Department of Evangelism OCA
  • 2006-2007 – Co-Chair, OCA Department of Evangelism
  • 2002-2007 – Dean of St. Herman’s Seminary, Kodiak, Alaska
  • 2003-2007 – Dean of the Kodiak Deanery, Diocese of Alaska
  • 2003-2007 – Member, Diocesan Council, Diocese of Alaska
  • 2005-2007 – Member of the Kodiak College Advisory Council
  • 2003-2008 – Vice-President of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center
  • 2007-2016 – Chancellor and CEO of St Vladimir's Seminary
  • May–November 2016 – Chief Executive Officer of St Vladimir's Seminary

Publishing ActivityEdit

Although Fr Chad’s activity focuses on administrative work, he is also editor of the Orthodox Christian Profiles Series, and author of several publications. The goal of the Orthodox Christian Profiles Series is to acquaint the reader on an intimate level with Orthodox Figures that have shaped the directions of the Orthodox Church in areas of mission, ascetical and liturgical theology, scholarly and pastoral endeavors, and various other professional disciplines. The People featured in the series are mostly our contemporaries and most remain active in shaping the life of the Church today. A few will have fallen asleep in the Lord, but their influence remains strong and worthy of historical record. The mission this series is to introduce inspirational Orthodox Christian leaders in various ministries and callings that build up the Body of Christ.

The series includes seven volumes:

Publications and Podcasts (selection)Edit

  • Editor, The Scepter a South African Theological Quarterly, 1982-85.
  • Book Review Editor, The Evangelical Catholic, 1988-93.
  • Book Review Editor, The Word, 1996-98.
  • “We Stand at the Door and Knock” in Again Magazine 17:4, 1994.
  • “On Step Too Far: Facing up to the Collapse of Liberal Christianity” in Again Magazine 19:3, 1996.
  • “Anglican Options: Rome or Constantinople” in Anglo-Orthodox Pilgrimage, 3:1, 1994
  • “Colonialism, Hellenism, and Missiology” in St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 54:3-4, 2010
  • “From Alaska to Guatemala” in OCMC Magazine 20:2, 2004.
  • “Sin, Sickness and Salvation” in Christian Bioethics 12:2, 2006.
  • Voices from St. Vladimir’s, Ancient Faith Radio Podcasts, 2008–present.
  • “Holy Saturday; Baptism and the Great Commission” in SVS Paschal Booklet, 2011.
  • “Evangelism”, The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, ed. by John Anthony McGuckin, Willey-Blackwell, 2011.
  • Lazarus Saturday, Resurrection and the Faith of Children, SVS Paschal Booklet, 2013.
  • “Anglicanism & Orthodoxy in the age of the “New Ecumenism”, in Forward in Christ, 7:6, 2015
  • Editor, Patriarch Kirill in His Own Words, SVS Press, 2016 & Sts. Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute, Moscow, 2016

Presentations (selection)Edit

  • From Masks to Icons – Center for Ethics and Religion, University of Notre Dame, 2004
  • Seminarians and Substance Abuse Training – National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University, 2005
  • Models for American Orthodox Missiology, Orthodox Education Day, SVS, 2007
  • Banquet Keynote – Dedication of the new OCMC Center, FL, 2009
  • Speaker at “Europe & the Judeo-Christian Tradition”, Vienna, Austria, 2010
  • Bishop Grafton & St. Tikhon, Fellowship of Ss. Alban & Sergius Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Glorification of St. Tikhon, Nashotah House
  • Speaker, National Religious Freedom Conference, Washington, D.C., 2012
  • Guest Lecturer in Missiology, Kiev Academy, Ukraine, 2013
  • Anglican/Orthodox Dialogue, Annual Kuhner, Reformed Episcopal Seminary, Blue Bell, Pa, 2014
  • Orthodoxy & The Seventh Ecumenical Council, Anglo-Catholic Congress, Fort Worth, TX, 2015
  • Marriage & Theosis, World Congress of Families, Salt Lake City, UT, November 2015
  • Legacy of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 1000th Anniversary Celebration of the Repose of St. Vladimir, Moscow, Russia, 2015
  • Lessons from Contemporary Orthodox Missiology, Romanian Youth Worker Symposium, Fordham University, 16 April 2016
  • Marriage as a Pathway to Theosis, "Walk Through the Door of Holiness: An Ecumenical Conference Exploring Christian Character within Post-Christian Culture,” Greenwich, NY

Recent AwardsEdit

  • June 2017 - St. John Chrysostom Cross and Award for Theological Education, Romanian Patriarchate
  • May 2017 - St. Macrina Award for Excellence in Teaching, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • 2013 - Distinguished Alumni Award, Nashotah House Seminary

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