USA OF MY HEART
Interview with Fr. Moses Berry, USA:
“The Church belongs to everyone”
OCA – ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA
Fr. Moses Berry, an OCA priest ministering at Theotokos “Unexpected Joy” Orthodox Church in Ash Grove, Missouri, has an unusual story. In 1998, he moved with his family from St. Louis to his family’s farm in Ash Grove, near Springfield. Century Farm has been in the Berry family since 1872; on the property a cemetery dedicated to “Slaves, Paupers, and Native Americans” needed maintenance and oversight, and so Fr. Moses left a mission in the city to return to his rural boyhood home.
A small group of faithful collected around the new mission, Theotokos “Unexpected Joy.” The tiny cemetery chapel hosted the first services; in 2000 the mission was received into the Orthodox Church in America, and in 2003 parishioners erected a temple.
Fr. Moses travels widely to give talks on mission and also on local Afro-American history; folks who have met him elsewhere often stop by to worship when they pass through the Continue reading “Interview with Fr. Moses Berry, USA: “The Church belongs to everyone””