Archpriest Phillip Eriksson
Fr. Phillip Eriksson was born in Saskatoon, SK on Feb. 24, 1952 in his father’s last year of studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Along with one brother and sister, he grew up in Western Canada. From a young age, he was active in parish life, serving as church organist and as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan. While in studies, he was active in campus ministry, the organist for the Lutheran Seminary and a member of its chorus.
In 1977 he embraced the Orthodox faith at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Saskatoon. That same year, he married Barbara (née Kolibab), a parish music director since the tender age of 19. While supporting the family with secular insurance services, he studied theology by correspondence, seminars, personal study and various orthodox theological institutes. He was tonsured a reader in 1987, ordained to the diaconate in 1990 and to the priesthood in 2000. He was a part of the pastoral team at St. Herman of Alaska Sobor from the fall of 2003 until May 1, 2011 when he became the rector of Holy Martyr Peter the Aleut in Calgary. He is a strong proponent of ongoing study for clergy and laity alike and for deepening in faith through active participation in the life and worship of the local community. Fr. Phillip and Matushka Barbara have three children, Jordan Eriksson, Krista Francis (spouse Fr. Matthew and son Basil) and Annika Mang (spouse Cameron and daughters Etta and Julia).
Since the fall of 2012, Fr. Phillip has also carried the responsibility of Dean for Alberta and the Northwest Territories of the Archdiocese of Canada - OCA.
Priest Kyle Parrot
Fr. Kyle was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He spent his early years in the Anglican Church of Canada before becoming active in several Evangelical churches through high school and university. During his time in the Evangelical churches he participated in short-term mission trips and was involved in youth work. While earning his Bachelor of Arts in History (with a minor in Greek and Roman Studies) from the University of Calgary, Fr. Kyle encountered the Orthodox Church and became a member along with his future wife, Matushka Leanne. After being received into the Orthodox Church, he continued his earlier ministry, running the youth program at St. Peter the Aleut for several years. Upon graduation, he married Mat. Leanne and worked in sales and marketing. During this time, Fr. Kyle became an active reader in the parish while Mat. Leanne directed the choir.
In 2011, Fr. Kyle and Mat. Leanne decided to enter into ministry full-time. Fr. Kyle earned the Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (Yonkers, NY). On October 20, 2013 Fr. Kyle was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence, the Most Reverend Irénée and on May 25, 2014 to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael. For the final two years of schooling, Fr. Kyle served as an intern under Archpriest David Cowan at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Yonkers, NY. During the course of his studies, Fr. Kyle and Mat. Leanne were blessed with two daughters, Sophia and Vera. Upon the completion of his studies at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in 2015, Fr. Kyle was assigned to assist Archpriest Phillip Eriksson as the second priest at St. Peter the Aleut.
Deacon Kevin Wigglesworth
Deacon Kevin, the son of a Protestant minister, grew up as a committed Christian spending many years in a few different Protestant churches. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Geomatics Engineering degree in 1994 and has had an eclectic assortment of jobs including seismic survey auditing, serving as a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators, testing high-end GPS receivers, designing wine cellars, and is currently working as a GIS Analyst. He journeyed into Orthodoxy in 2002-2003 at St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Langley, B.C. while studying linguistics with Wycliffe. Deacon Kevin was tonsured a reader in January 2006 at Holy Martyr Peter. From 2007 to 2011, while living in Winnipeg, he studied Orthodox theological courses at St. Arseny Institute and was ordained a sub-deacon August 2009 by His Eminence, Archbishop Seraphim. Since returning to Calgary in 2011, he has been serving at Holy Martyr Peter and was ordained to the diaconate July 22, 2012 by His Grace, Bishop Irénée.