Fr. Theodore Dorrance was born in Pueblo, Colorado and raised in Englewood. He grew up in a Roman Catholic family. Fr. Theodore learned about the Orthodox Church during his undergraduate years and became Orthodox in 1983. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1985 with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he worked in the corporate world for a couple years.
He was married in 1985 to his high school sweetheart, Stacey Maniatis. They decided to attend Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 1986 to study theology and prepare for the priesthood. Fr. Theodore earned his Master of Divinity in 1990. After graduation, he and his wife and first daughter spent seven months in Greece in further preparation for ordination.
Fr. Theodore was ordained in 1991 and served the Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, CA for two years as an assistant priest, St. Katherine in Redondo Beach, CA as the proistamenos for four years and founded the parish of St. John the Baptist in Portland, OR, which he served these past twenty years.
He has four children: three girls and a boy. The two oldest are married, and he has three grandchildren and one on the way. He has served the Metropolis of San Francisco as a member of the Metropolis Council, Vicar of the Northwest region of the Metropolis and Director of the Metropolis Ministry of Missions, Evangelism and Parish Mentoring.
When he gets the chance, he enjoys the beautiful outdoors, fly fishing, skiing and hiking in the mountains. Fr. Theodore became Orthodox at St. Catherine when it was still meeting at Slavens Elementary. He and Presbytera Stacey are very excited to be back home in Colorado with family and back at the parish that helped nurture their life in Christ.