Fr. Ian Shipley was born and raised in Santa Rosa, Ca. At the young age of 16 in answer to a heartfelt prayer, he discovered the Orthodox Faith and became a catechumen. After his baptism he traveled the country visiting Monasteries and helping with various missionary efforts. Fr. Ian settled in Maine, where he met his future wife Priscilla. Shortly after their wedding in 2001, they moved to California where Fr. Ian continued his education and worked in the electrical and solar industries for a number of years. In the fall of 2008 their family moved to South Canaan Pa, where he attended St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. In May 2012 Fr. Ian graduated from St. Tikhon's with a Master of Divinity. Previous to his assignment at St. Nicholas, Fr. Ian served as acting Rector at St. Andrew's Orthodox Church in Ashland, VA. He and his wife Mat. Priscilla have three children, Jessica, Evan and Lydia.
Father Ian will begin his ministry at St. Nicholas Church on July 1, 2013