Meet Fr. John Mikhail
Father John Mikhail was born in Alexandria, Egypt on February 20, 1964, to Fr. Gawargious and Lucy Morcos. He graduated from the University of Alexandria in 1986 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He then immigrated to California on August of 1986 where he worked on the building of St. Mary Coptic Orthodox church in Los Angeles and later worked for the county of San Bernardino as an Engineer.
His service began at St. Mary’s church where he served as a youth leader and hymn instructor under the guidance of the reposed Hegumon, Fr. Antonious Henein, from 1986 to 1991. He later served at St. Abanoub and St. Anthony’s church in Norco, C. from 1992-1999. While serving at St. Abanoub, Fr. John met and married his beloved Wife Dalia Mikhail in 1994, they are the proud parents of Jonathan, Joseph, and George Mikhail.
On January 17, 1999, a week prior to receiving the sacrament of priesthood, Fr. John was ordained in the rank of Deacon at St. Mary’s Church in Victorville by His Eminence Bishop Hedra of Aswan and His Grace Bishop Serapion.
Fr. John Mikhail was then ordained presbyter on January 24, 1999 by H.G. Bishop Serapion, and visting Bishops, H.E Bishop Hedra, H.G. Bishop Daniel of Maadi, and H.G. Bishop Youssef of the Southern States.
He served at St. Mary Church in Victorville from 1999-2003, and has been serving at St. Justina’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Rancho Cucamonga since 2003.
Just as our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ came to serve and not to be served, God has given Fr. John grace and love, to not only tend his flock at his beloved St. Justina, but in many other places. Father John is blessed with deep and exceptional knowledge of Biblical understanding as well rich Church history. He regularly gives talks at different churches, events, and Universities. His kindness, simplicity and ability to serve people of all ages and walks, attracts people to feel God’s love, serving the youngest child, to the eldest, being able to communicate with them equally. Investing in time with his youth and congregation is of the utmost importance for him, as he devotes much time serving inside the church as well as outside, from making regular visitations, to joining the youth at the park.
We pray that the Lord may strengthen, give wisdom, and direct Fr. John in serving Christ and His pasture, with all glory due to our Lord God and Savior. Amen.