Father Alexander Mackoul
Mission Statement: The Mission Statement for St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church is to be a liturgical community in the tradition of Holy Orthodoxy; worshiping, serving and witnessing to the Most Holy Trinity, one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It is my personal conviction that Jesus Christ went to his voluntary death on the cross and rose again from the dead on the third day for our salvation. After His glorious resurrection from the dead, the Lord Jesus Christ commissioned his followers, "to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Mt. 28:18-19). According to the New Testament narrative, His followers obeyed the command of our Lord and established churches in places like the Middle East and Europe. In the Acts of the Apostles, it states, "the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch" (Acts 11:26). I am a representative of that original community founded almost two thousand years ago. I represent an Archbishop and Patriarch that can trace their line all the way back to the Apostles.
When we mention Antiochian Orthodox Church in our name, the "Antiochian" references the city where the disciples of our Lord were first called Christians. In a very concrete way, St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach is an offspring of that community where the followers of Jesus were first called Christians.
As a result of the vagaries of history, the religious landscape in America is populated by so many groups who claim to be God's people or that they alone properly interpret the Bible. It can become very confusing for a person to navigate through this chaos and make the right choice. To those who are seeking a church, and I say this in great humility and great conviction, the Orthodox Church is the original authentic Church founded by our Lord. It is within the bounds of His Holy Church that we have a relationship with the Lord. It is within the bounds of His Holy Church that we rightly understand Holy Scripture. If you are truly seeking for the authentic expression of the Christian faith, then I invite you to visit us at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church and experience the worship of Triune God in its fullest.