At the Board of Directors meeting held on July 19, 2021, the Orthodox Church Capital Improvement Fund [OCCIF] Board of Directors unanimously elected Archpriest John Dresko to serve as the second President of OCCIF effective August 1, 2021. Father John has served on the OCCIF Board since 2016, and as Interim Treasurer for three years. The founding OCCIF President, John Della Monica, has stepped down due to increased demands on his professional life. During Della Monica’s tenure, OCCIF developed into a professional financial organization devoted to helping the growth of the Orthodox Church through capital improvement loans. He has agreed to remain on the Board of Directors to guide and mentor the new President.
“Every board member, as well as the many Orthodox parishes and institutions already helped by OCCIF, offer our profound thanks to John,” said incoming OCCIF President Father John Dresko. “We wish John and his family nothing but the best and continued good health.”
In addition to his years of work with OCCIF, Father John Dresko brings a thorough knowledge of Orthodox Church finances and administration. Father John is currently Rector of Saint Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church (OCA) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 1979, he has had a long vocation in parishes and at the administrative levels of the Church. In addition to parish work and administrative positions, he has served on the Diocesan Councils of the Diocese of the Midwest, the Diocese of New England, and currently, the Diocese of the West, where he serves on the Finance Committee. He has also served on the Metropolitan Council of the OCA for sixteen years over the past thirty.
“Over the years Father John has been an invaluable resource on OCCIF’s Board of Directors,” said Della Monica. “Now as President, Father John will help OCCIF continue to grow as the leading provider of capital improvement loans for the Orthodox Church.”
The Orthodox Church Capital Improvement Fund (OCCIF) was established in 2011 as an outreach of the Mission Board of the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America. OCCIF is the leading provider of funding for capital improvement projects exclusively for the Orthodox church, with over $4 million provided to Orthodox missions, monasteries, and institutions.
About Father John Dresko
Father John Dresko possesses a BA in History from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY and an MDiv from St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY. In addition, he is a graduate of the Meyer Institute of Christian Stewardship and The Center for Philanthropy of Indiana University, both in Indianapolis, Indiana. While in the Air Force, he also graduated from Academic Instructors School at Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL with post-graduate credits in education.
In addition to Saint Paul’s, Father John has served in Rochester Hills, MI; Mentor, OH; and New Britain, CT; and as Director of Stewardship, then Director of Development, for the Orthodox Church in America. He also served on active duty as an Air Force chaplain at Lackland AFB, TX. A past President of the Alumni Association of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, he served on the Board of Trustees of the seminary and as Chairman of the Dean’s Search Committee in 2006.
Father John has lectured on Christian Stewardship and giving at various locations throughout North America and authored numerous articles and reflections in numerous publications. He is married to his wife Elizabeth since 1977, and they have four children and seven grandchildren.