I was raised in Moscow, Russia, and moved to Toronto in my late teens to pursue university education. After earning my BA in Linguistics and PhD in Speech-Language Pathology, both from the University of Toronto (U of T), I have worked for several years as a research associate at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and taught occasional courses at Ryerson University and Tyndale College. Upon discerning a call to ordained ministry, I embarked on my journey of theological studies, resulting in a Masters of Divinity from Wycliffe College, and Spiritual Direction Diploma from Regis College, also at U of T.
My personal spirituality has been shaped by a combination of growing up in the country influenced by its Eastern Orthodox heritage (albeit still suppressed at the time), my early faith experiences in the Evangelical church and subsequent transition to the Anglican church for a number of reasons (theological and liturgical), and formal training in Anglican theology and Jesuit spiritual direction. The practices I borrowed from each tradition comprise my own unique way of cultivating the awareness of God and connecting with Him/Her in prayer, and these include silent meditation, praying with scriptures, and contemplating the Orthodox icons.
I am an amateur artist, and creating, viewing, and reflecting on visual art has always been another important context of my spiritual experiences. I have recently devoted some time to training in the expressionist style of painting, which is characterized by the goal of creating an empathetic response in the viewer that surpasses the purely aesthetic value of its imagery. I find that this style fits perfectly with my use of art for spiritual integration.
I am now an ordained priest in the Anglican Church (Diocese of Toronto), and I have started a private practice in Spiritual Direction. On this website, you will find information on the services I offer, as well as the archive of my recent homilies and catalogue of my hobby in visual arts.