Fr. Andrew Applegate and Matushka Sonia

Rev. Andrew Applegate was born in Calgary in 1954 and baptized in the United Church.  He met and married Sonia who was baptized in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and grew up in the small hamlet of Wandering River, Alberta near Ft. McMurray in 1976. Together they embarked upon a spiritual search attending various evangelical, charismatic, and mainline protestant churches until coming “home” to the Orthodox Church in 1983. In 1995 they sold their motel in Wandering River and moved to Calgary to help develop the fledgling mission parish of St. Peter’s.  On coming back to Calgary, Fr. Andrew started “Pillar to Post” home inspections and then sold it in 2001. He then worked as technical sales and marketing manager for Unicrete, Skyline and Canmark Roofing specializing in concrete roof tile installations and other high end roofing products until 2013 when he retired. Fr. Andrew has taken many courses on Orthodox theology over the years and continues to study at St. Arseny Institute. He was ordained a deacon by Bishop Irénée on July 15, 2012 and as a priest on March 3, 2013.  Fr. Andrew and Sonia have one son Michael with his wife Katherine, grandson John and a granddaughter Eliza, who live in Colorado Springs.

Archpriest Lawrence Reinheimer

Retired, Attached

Archpriest Lawrence Reinheimer and Mother Myra moved to nearby Wynndel in 2017 after reducing their pastoral activities. Fr. Larry was assigned to assist in the parish of Saint Aidan and often serves Vespers and Liturgy when Fr. Andrew is away. In 2005, Fr. Larry was one of the priests that drove the 13 hr round trip from Holy Martyr Peter the Aleut Orthodox Church in Calgary every 6 weeks to serve our Vespers and Liturgy until we became an official mission church.

Deacon Paul Bartlett


Dn. Paul Bartlett and Matka Anastasia were part of the original founding members of St. Aidan’s. Paul became a Reader in 2005 and served Typika services us for years as we waited for priests to move to Cranbrook full-time. He was ordained as a Subdeacon by Bishop Irenee in 2014, and then to the Diaconate in 2016. They moved from Creston to Cranbrook in 2017 to be church caretakers and now rent the church caretaker’s house. Matka is the author of Glimpses of Glory, a series of articles written from an Orthodox perspective.

Deacon Kurt Jordan


Dn. Kurt Edward Jordan and Diakonissa Victoria moved to nearby Creston in 2017. Deacon Kurt had previously served on the BC coast, and then in the Maritimes before moving to Creston and being attached to Saint Aidan’s Church in Cranbrook.