Seraphim Danckaert, new Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's!
Seraphim Danckaert was received into the Church at the age of 13, along with his parents and sister, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (OCA) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mr. Danckaert met his wife, Anne, one summer during graduate school in an intensive summer program at Indiana University for young scholars learning Romanian. Anne and Seraphim have three young children, Benjamin, Evelina, and Brigitte, all under the age of five.
After receiving his M.Div. with highest honors from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 2007, Mr. Danckaert has spent the last eight years in management and fundraising roles at the Orthodox Christian Network, a national ministry under the auspices of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, and at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he served in the Office of the President and also oversaw various initiatives in social media, online education, and continuing education for alumni, pastors, and lay leaders. Earlier this year, after his close friend Fr. Matthew Baker, an alumnus of St. Tikhon's, fell asleep in the Lord following a tragic car accident, Mr. Danckaert started and managed an online fundraising campaign for Fr. Matthew's widow and six young children, which has raised nearly $800,000.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Danckaert studied under Fr. Andrew Louth for four years as a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and has been an active member of the Fr. Georges Florovsky Orthodox Theological Society of Princeton University, serving as co-chair of four major international conferences for Orthodox theologians, clergy, and lay people interested in the theological vision of the Church Fathers. His publications have appeared in theological journals in the United States, England, Greece, and Serbia.
Mr. Danckaert and his family look forward to joining the St. Tikhon's community and working closely with its leadership, alumni, and supporters for the advancement of St. Tikhon's sacred mission and for the glory of God. As of beginning of July, Seraphaim is available by phone at 570.561.1818, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .