In the summer of 1993, three groups of Early Church seekers came together to begin an Orthodox Christian mission in Solano County. These three groups consisted of:
- Some Orthodox Christians who attended the Orthodox Chapel at Travis Air Force Base until its Orthodox chaplain (an Air Force officer) was re-assigned. Then, that group of military and non-military Orthodox Christians sought out a a church home that would not be effected by military assignments.
- Some Episcopalians who had converted to Orthodoxy and participated in the "Western Rite," but were looking for the traditional, centuries-old Eastern rite of worship.
- Some families of a Reformed Episcopal Church congregation -- including the pastor! -- wishing to convert to Orthodox Christianity.
In 1994 God acted, bringing together this group "cradle" and "convert" Orthodox Christians (diverse in their personal journeys but united in walking the path on which the Lord was leading them), to form St Timothy Orthodox Mission. The Mission initially met in the California Teachers' Association building on Central Way in Cordelia. Subsequently we moved to our present location at 4593 Central Way. We were able to purchase the building and land for continued growth and development, thereby establishing a permanent Orthodox Christian presence in Central Solano County.
Who We Are Today
The family of St Timothy includes members who live locally, in Fairfield and Suisun City, as well as from Dixon and Vacaville, Walnut Creek and Antioch, Concord, Martinez and Richmond. Our numbers include those who are converts and those who are "cradle" Orthodox (many of whom come from Orthodox families who have been Christian believers for centuries). Together, we seek to grow in Christ and establish ourselves as an Orthodox Christian community not tied to ethnic or cultural customs, but participating in the great Traditions of the Holy Orthodox Church.
All our services are in English. After all, English is the common language of all the members of St. Timothy, and it is the official language of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. We occasionally use Arabic, Greek, and Church Slavonic, which reminds us of our heritage while honoring those who, through God's grace, brought Orthodox Christianity to America from the Middle East, Greece and Russia. Their efforts effectively established American Orthodox Christianity in this area of Northern California!