St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

A growing community of Orthodox Christians


Local Parish Leadership

RECTOR: Rev. Joel Weir

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Fr. Joel was born and raised in Crawfordsville. He joined the St. Stephens community with his wife and two children in 2002. He attended St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary from 2006-2010. He graduated with an M.Div with distinction in Scripture in 2010. Fr. Joel was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in 2008, and the Priesthood in 2009 by Archbishop JOB. He and his family returned to serve at St. Stephens in 2010.

Contact Info:
210 Morgan St.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

phone:(765) 366-8931

DEACON: Michael Wilson

SUBDEACON: Joseph Goshorn-Maroney

Parish Council:

  • Dianne Combs (President)
  • Rodney McCulloh (Vice President)
  • Joseph Goshorn-Maroney (Treasurer)
  • Rachel Hassler (Secretary)
  • Sam Wilson (Member)
  • Wesley Vickery (Member)

Book Corner: Rodney McCulloh

Building and Grounds: Doug Wolf, Caleb Wilson (annex)

Church School: Presvytera Maria Weir, Christopher McCulloh

Communications/The Witness: Fr. Joel Weir

Finance Committee: Bill Combs, Rodney McCulloh, Dn. Mike Wilson, Caleb Wilson

Flowers: Natalie Wilson

Garden: Dianne Combs

Kitchen: Nicole Wilson, Elisha McCulloh

Lawn Maintenance: Caleb Wilson

Parish Life Committee: Natalie Wilson, Nicole Wilson, Rachel Hassler

Youth/Young Adult Group: Fr. Joel Weir

Deanery Leadership

The parishes of the Diocese of the Midwest are organized into administrative deaneries based on geographic location. The Diocese has six deaneries. Each deanery has a Dean assigned by the Bishop. The work of the deanery is overseen and guided by the Dean who is a Rector from within the respective deanery. He coordinates and directs activities of the parishes and priests within the deanery, guiding the establishment of missions, and serving as the first appeal if or when disputes arise within the deanery. In all things, the Deans report directly to the Bishop, from whom they receive advice, instruction, and counsel, and for whom they act as an administrative liaisons to their own deanery communities.

Indianapolis Dean:

Rev. Joel Weir

Diocesan Leadership


bp. Paul
The Right Reverend PAUL, Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest Diocese

Contact Info:

5037 West 83rd Street
Burbank, IL 60459-2748
Office: (312) 202-0420


Very Rev. Paul Jannakos

Any and all correspondence to the Bishop, save confidential matters, should be copied to the Chancellor.

Contact Info:
Phone: (216) 554-7283