Saint George

Saint George
Antiochian Orthodox
Christian Church

Portland, Oregon

Who We Are

Our parish belongs to the Christian church founded in Antioch, in the Roman province of Syria, by the Apostles Peter and Paul. As related in the book of Acts (Acts 11:26), it was there that believers in Christ were first called "Christians." In the centuries following, the Church of Antioch became one of the major patriarchates of the Orthodox Christian Church, serving the areas of Syria, Lebanon, and much of the Middle East.

This makes Saint George parish a remarkable place. The parish was founded in 1930 to serve the Arabic speaking community. Such a place might ordinarily remain an insulated ethnic enclave. Yet, due largely to big hearts and the compelling hospitality of the Arabic-speaking community, the church became a home for many English-speaking inquirers looking for the ancient faith.

Here we have a parish with traditional ancient worship, and yet the median age of our parishioners is (my guess) about 25 years of age. This is due to a large Sunday school, and young converts coming to know Christ. These days we also often welcome Orthodox Christians from Middle Eastern countries who have been forced to leave their homes due to the present troubles. Although the Divine Liturgy is served mostly in English, Arabic speakers will find enough familiar Arabic to feel at home.

Visitor Info

Weekly Schedule

Saturday Vespers 5pm, Confessions Follow
Sunday Matins 8:30am, Divine Liturgy 9:30am
The schedule above is the normal schedule throughout the year, no matter what season.

During fasting seasons, such as Lent, and Advent, there will be added services. If these services do not appear on this page they will be on the bulletin.


The priests, deacons, and parishioners of Saint George parish welcome you to join with us in worshiping God. We encourage you to come and experience Orthodox Christian worship and hospitality. While we are more than happy to have you join your prayer with ours, please note that we understand the reception of Holy Communion to be the highest expression of our unity in the Orthodox faith. For this reason Holy Communion in the Body and Blood of Christ is only for members of the Orthodox Church who have prepared themselves by prayer, fasting, and periodic Confession. Everyone, however, is invited to partake of the blessed bread which will be offered at the end of the service and which may also be offered to you by one of your neighbors at Communion time as a sign of hospitality and blessing.

St George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
2101 NE 162nd Ave.
P.O. Box 20695
Portland, Oregon 97294

General Info:

Saint George is a parish of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America.

Our mailing address is:
Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
P.O. Box 20695
Portland, Oregon 97294

Father Alban's e-mail address is:

Father Alban's phone number is: 503 313 3575

Father Edward Hillhouse's phone number: 503 591 8242

Deacon Dionysius Seib's phone number: 503 929 5121

Deacon Steven Bambakidis's phone number 971 217 5742

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Being called an Orthodox Christian is tremendously humbling and at the same time joyful thing, beyond description. We find ourselves experiencing the life of the Church, a life that brings us spiritual growth, comfort,faith, and hope. It is natural that we should desire to see this life grow and flourish in our city, and that we should be determined to be good stewards of what we have received from God.

This section is dedicated to helping our parishioners discover ways to build the parish, spiritually and financially. How does one become a full member of the parish? What is expected of our membership?



Saint George parish is blessed with two priests and two deacons, each of whom is a fine preacher.

What Kind of Soil Are You?
The Very Reverend Father Alban West
October 16, 2016

A sermon on tending the soil in the garden of the soul. .

Annual Middle East Festival

Be sure not to miss one of Portland's great cultural and culinary events coming in the fall of 2017. Details of the festival will appear on our website in the summer.

Orthodoxy A - Z

Orthodoxy A - Z is a monthly meeting of thoughts and conversations about Orthodoxy. While primarily for interested non-Orthodox, all are invited. Bring your questions for a lively discussion facilitated by Dr. Jon Robertson. October's theme is Understanding Salvation.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on October 22nd.

Bring a potluck dish to share.

Orthodoxy A - Z is held in a parishioner's home in Troutdale. For address and questions email