Meet the Press

Introducing Saint Tikhon's Monastery Press

By way of an update from our press, we would like to introduce some of our leadership and staff. It would be difficult to name all those who help the work of the press—these would authors, contributors, consultants, and proofreaders among whom would be Hieromonk Herman, Father Ignatius Green, Hierodeacon Mark, Deacon Vitaly Permikov, and Benedict Sheehan, and many others. Our Editors rely on their tireless efforts.

First and foremost, every work that Saint Tikhon's Monastery Press undertakes is accomplished through the prayers and blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon:


Our Editor-In-Chief, visionary, and aid in countless ways is our beloved abbot, the Right Reverend Archimandrite Sergius:


Our Editor for Liturgical Texts is the Reverend John Mikitish. Father John was ordained to the holy priesthood in 2016. He is a graduate of Yale University (B.A. summa cum laude, M.Phil, Ph.D) and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He is a scholar of Church Slavonic literature whose Ph.D research focused on Orthodox Slavic scripturality and Church Slavonic Bibles. Currently a stavropegial cleric, he works full time at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America while serving as priest-in-charge at St. John the Theologian Mission Station in Fairfax Station, Va. He has worked on numerous projects for St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press, including serving as co-editor for the popular Orthodox Christian Prayers. He also edits the Treasures of Orthodox Spirituality Series for St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press. His wife, Matushka Brenda, works for the OCA as Chancery Data Administrator. She frequently contributes her copy-editing and proofreading skills to both STM Press and SVS Press. They have two sons.

In the Liturgical Texts department, Father John is overseeing many current and future project, including:

  1. Hieratikon, vol. 1 2nd edition 
  2. The Great Books of Needs series
  3. Psalter and Horologion
  4. The Octoechos, a Menaion for the North American Saints, and texts for Holy Week
  5. Texts for laity and private devotion: Orthodox Christian Canons and Prayers, and additional Akathists.


Our Editor for Liturgical Music is the Reader Paul Kappanadze. Paul holds a bachelor's degree in History from Elmira College and a M. Div. from Saint Tikhon's Seminary. He has served as a choir director for the monastery since 2017 and has helped to edit several STM Press publication, including the Liturgical Rubrics and Common Book of Church Hymns: Vespers. Paul is also active as an arranger, primarily transcriptions and arrangements of the works of S. Trubachev and Archimandrite Matfei. His wife, Anastasia, is a choir director and music instructor for Saint Tikhon's Monastery. She also provided the artwork for the Press's recent publication: Sing to Your Soul. Paul and Anastasia live a few minutes from the monastery and enjoy drinking tea.

Currently, the department of liturgical music is working on the following projects:

  1. Common Book of Church Hymns: Divine Liturgy, 2nd edition
  2. Common Book of Church Hymns: Vespers, Hardback, 2nd edition
  3. Common Book of Church Hymns: Matins
  4. Funeral & Panikhida, 2nd edition
  5. Reviving work on the Saint Tikhon's Music Resource
  6. 2024 Liturgical Rubrics


The Managing Editor for STM Press is the Reverend Mikel Hill. Father Mikel holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University, where he studied music history and composition. He is also a graduate of the Antiochian House of Studies and Saint Tikhon's Seminary. As the managing editor, his main task is to facilitate collaboration between editors, contributors, and production. In addition, he serves as Editor for non-liturgical publications, typesets all STM publications, and designs their covers. Outside the Press, Father Mikel is active as a priest, choir director, composer, and as a singer with PaTRAM, the Saint Tikhon Choir, and the Artefact Ensemble. He is also a scholar of late 19th and early 20th century sacred music in the United States, on which subject he is active as a writer and speaker. He lives at the monastery with his wife, Rachel—who works as a bookkeeper for the monastery—and their five children. They enjoy old books, fresh coffee, and occasional jaunts to England.

Among the titles Father Mikel is currently overseeing are the following:
  1. The North American Thebaid
  2. John the Damascene
  3. A Panorama of Saint Tikhon's Monastery