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Fr. John Wehling and faithful of St. John of Chicago Mission, a Planting Grant community in Rogers, AR.

Applications for 2019 Church Planting Grants are now being accepted by the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Evangelization.

Detailed information and application forms are now available online.  Applications must be received by the Department of Evangelization no later than August 31, 2018 to receive consideration.  Grants will begin on January 1, 2019.

“Grants of up to $24,000.00 are awarded to first-year recipients,” explained Priest John Parker, Department Chair.  “The grant may only be used to help provide a salary for a full-time resident priest and must be matched by the qualifying mission, deanery, or diocese.  Grants may be renewed for a maximum of three years.

“Dozens of missions have received Church Planting Grants—more than a million dollars—since the program was initiated nearly two decades ago.  Most of these missions have successfully transitioned to full parish status,” Father John added.

Missions that received grants in 2018 must apply anew for the coming year.

Grant applications must be reviewed and approved by each mission’s respective diocesan bishop before they are submitted.  After a review by the Department, recommendations for qualified missions will be submitted to the Holy Synod of Bishops for final approval.

For additional information, please contact Father John at 843-810-9350 or

The Mission Planting Grant Program is made possible in part due to the generous support of the Stewards of the Orthodox Church in AmericaSee what you can make possible by becoming a Steward today!