Orthodox Christian Mission Center

Mission, Vision, & Values

The Great Comission (Matthew 28:19-20)

Go Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Our Mission

As the official missions agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America it is OCMC's mission to make disciples of all nations by bringing people to Christ and His Church.

Our Vision

That all people may come to know the saving love of our Lord: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Our Values

  • We value proclaiming and witnessing Christ to all people with priority given to those who have never heard or accepted the Gospel.
  • We value sharing the love of Christ for the care of the total person – spiritual and physical.
  • We value ministry in the language and culture of the people.
  • We value our people – well-trained Missionaries, Staff, Board, Supporters, Indigenous Leadership and those being served.
  • We value communities, parishes, and individuals that are mission-minded and have active mission involvement.
  • We value being an open and transparent agency that values the gifts of stewardship provided to us by the faithful.

If you want more information about becoming a missionary or want to support a mission, please contact Michael Bressem.  (click on his name to send an e-mail)

To learn more about the OCMC click on the link listed below to visit the OCMC section of our Orthodox Study Center: 

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Prayer for Missions

God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Orthodox Christian Mission Center Magazine

Please click on the links to download an online copy of the magazine.

OCMC Spring 2015

  • Orthodox Misions in Fiji Fr. Martin Ritsi
  • Evangelism at Two Miles per Hour Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska
  • The Limits of Language: Christ’s Divine Love Beyond Words Spyridoula Fotinis

OCMC Fall 2014

Issue Includes

  • 30 Years: New Horizons and New Challenges - Fr. Martin Ritsi
  • Orthodox Church in Uganda: Moving Towards Self-Support Fr. Nicholas Bayego
  • Empowering the Faithful: Helping Albanian Farmers to Receive Training in Beekeeping Emily Robertson


OCMC Spring 2014

Issue Includes

  • Ss. Constantine & Helen’s Missionary, Tyrone Emery of Hawaii Pictured on Page 14
  • Standing Together: The First Orthodox Church Opened In Pakistan.
  • AGES Liturgical Workbench: A Tool for Enriching the Liturgical
  • Life of Parishes on the Mission Field
  • 10 Thousands Mourn thePassing of Fr. Andres Giron
  • Proclaiming the Faith in Uganda,
  • Serving the Aztec Orthodox Christians,

OCMC Fall 2013

Issue Includes:

  • Orthodox Witness Against New Challenges, Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea
  • God’s Showers of Love in Turkana
  • The Necessity of Missions: A Missionary’s Perspective
  • Beyond the ‘Like’, Spreading the Faith through Social Media,


OCMC Spring 2013

Issue Includes:

  • Global Orthodoxy - Witness in Tanzania
  • The Lord of the Harveest
  • Finnish Orthodox Missions
  • Impact of the Financial Crisis on Mission Priests

OCMC Fall 2012

Issue Includes:

  • God is With Us! The Opening of the Resurrection Cathedral, 20 years in Albania & Beyond
  • A Class, a Missions Trip, & a Pilgrimage: Impacting Seminarian Education with The Spirit Of Missions
  • The Long and Winding Road: Empowering Disciples in Albania
  • Mission Updates

OCMC Spring 2012

Issue Includes:

  • Healing the Void Within (Mongolia)
  • Hearing the Voice of God (Tanzania)
  • Social Media and the Dawn of the iMissions Era
  • Mission Updates

OCMC Fall 2011

Issue Includes:

  • The Journey Continues: Bringing the Gospel to the Turkana of Kenya
  • The Gospel in the Heart Language of All Nations: A Vision for the Future
  • From Jerusalem to St. Augustine: Mission Centers & Strategic Plans
  • Mission Updates

OCMC Spring 2011

Issue Includes:

  • Becoming His Disciples as We Participate in Making Disciples: Beginning in Our Local Parish
  • The Vitality and Character of Orthodoxy in Albania Today
  • Good Morning, Brother! Seeing the Strength of the Body of Christ in our Brothers and Sisters in India
  • Mission Updates

OCMC Fall 2010

Issue Includes:

  • With God, All Things Are Possible
  • A Look Inside Long-term Missionary Service
  • Go Forth: Stories of Mission and Resurrection in Albania
  • Stories from: Bali, Indonesia, Kosovo, Tanzania, Kenya
  • Mission Updates

OCMC Special Edition 2009

Issue Includes:

  • A Milestone Along the Way.
  • Remarks at the Dedication of the New OCMC Missionary  Training  & Administration Building
    • Remarks of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
    • Remarks of His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios
    • Fr. Chad Hatfield's Keynote Address 

OCMC Fall 2008

Issue Includes:

  • To the Ends of the Earth: The Missionary Potential of North American Orthodox Churches
  • Witness of Christ “To Those Who Are Far Off and To Those Who Are Near”  His Eminence Ambrosios, Metropolitan of Korea
  • Becoming a Steward of Missions: Answering Christ’s Call to Missions through a Deeper Understanding of Stewardship
  • Mission Updates

OCMC Spring 2008

Issue Includes:

  • Defining Missions
  • Missions and the Parish in Decline, How International Missions Benefits the Local Parish
  • Z-Thinking: What will the Christian Mission Looks Like When it is Finished

OCMC Fall 2007

Issue Includes:

  • A Walk In The Desert:  Reflections from a Recent Journey to the Northern Regions of Cameroon
  • A Mission Parish Involved in Missions
  • The Universe is Our Parish
  • Orthodox Missions in Jerusalem: An Interview with Fr Alexander Winogradsky of Jerusalem

OCMC Spring 2007

Issue Includes:

  • Ingredients for a Mission Pie: What’s Still Needed?
  • Missions in the Local Church: The Universe is Our Parish
  • Why Missions? One Parishes Growth Through Missions
  • Homecoming: Workers Return from the Field

OCMC Fall 2006

Issue Includes:

  • In Memory of Lynette Hoppe
  • Taste & See  - Mission Team member to Tanzania
  • What is God Teaching Me?  Mission Team member to Albania
  • A Fluid Blessing - Mission Team Member to Alaska
  • A Day in a Life OCMC Missionary in Uganda
  • I’d Like a One Way Ticket – Arriving in Albania.
  • Your Continued Prayers for India .
  • “Dad” Work at the Hogar Ayau Orphanage OCMC in Guatemala

OCMC Spring 2006

Issue Includes:

  • Ss. Constantine & Helen’s Missionary, Tyrone Emery of Hawaii Pictured on the Cover
  • Celebrating Twenty Years of Sending Missionaries
  • Missions: Growing Orthodox Reality in America
  • Impressions on Serving As Missionaries
  • Reflections from Missionaries
  • Timeline & Quotes from past & present missionaries
  • Answering the Call—Capital Campaign Completed
  • Our Journey to Touch the Future 


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