Welcome to St. Andrew’s

Christ is in our midst! He is and ever shall be!

It is our joy to welcome you to St. Andrew the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church here in Pensacola, FL. If you have never been to an Orthodox Church before, we intend to embrace you with a combination of Southern and Antiochian hospitality. At any service you attend, please feel free to ask anyone for help in following the service as we have service books available. If you attend the Divine Liturgy and are not Orthodox, please feel free to light candles, reverence the Cross at the end of the Liturgy, and receive the antidoron, which is the blessed bread given after Holy Communion and at the dismissal of the Liturgy.

Please feel free to contact our priest, Fr. David Bleam, either in person or by phone, text, or email, with any questions or concerns you may have. May God Bless you as we are blessed to have you visit with us!

Interested in learning more? You may enjoy: Twelve Things I Wish I’d Known…First Visit to an Orthodox Church

About St. Andrew’s Parish

st-andew-churchThe word “parish” comes from the Greek word paroikia, which literally means the “beside (para) house (oikos).”

The community associated with this “house” was formed as a mission of the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast in February of 2007 and we have been in our current building since August of 2007. On December 4, 2011, our house was consecrated a temple by His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.

As a community, St. Andrew’s is a close-knit family that is always looking to grow. We enjoy welcoming new people into Christ’s Church, whether they are already Orthodox or just visiting out of curiosity. In the past several years, we have particularly been blessed by several military families whom we have gotten to know, serve, and love.

Currently, we have about 60 families of various ethnic backgrounds in our parish who make up our Pan-Orthodox family. All of our services are in English and are marked by a joyful spirit.

Our Clergy

Fr. David Bleam

fr-david-168x200Our priest, Fr. David Bleam was assigned to our community in June of 2007. He is from Southeastern Pennsylvania and is married to Kh. Nora. They have three school-age children. He was ordained to the priesthood on February 13, 2006 by His Grace, Bishop THOMAS at his home parish, St. Philip’s Antiochian Church in Souderton, PA.

He is a graduate of St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary and is currently studying for his Doctor of Ministry degree through Pittsburg Theological Seminary.

Dn. Theodore Werthmuller

imageDeacon Theodore Werthmuller is a long-time Pensacola resident who is originally from Queens, NY. He and his wife, Sh. Syd, have two adult children. After participation in the St. Stephen’s Course, he was ordained to the diaconate on December 4, 2013 by His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN..