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The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon)

Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania

As a seminarian at Oral Roberts University, he earned a degree in Old Testament and a MA in Old Testament while being a grad fellow. He taught teaching methodology which encouraged guiding students to discover answers for themselves, which resulted in true ownership of the answers. Later he studied at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and was asked by the director of the Antiochian Village Camp to be morning program director at the Antiochian Village. He created interactive Christian Education materials for each age group and prepared the staff to teach.  The camp had three two week sessions at the time with around 180 campers. His second year at the camp he acted as Program Director, along with developing the overall schedule for morning and afternoon programs and the developing unique Christian education materials for the program. His final year, he again introduced creative Christian education materials for all the campers and instructed staff on how to utilize the materials effectively.
Working with the staff and campers he saw life-long relationships develop and the youth embracing the liturgical cycle there.  Numerous campers and counselors embraced active participation in the daily Liturgical services through singing, chanting and reading. By the Grace of God, the camp positively influenced vocations to the priesthood, active parish membership and committed Orthodox Christians.
His prayer for our camp is that our youth and counselorswill positively experience the beauty of their Faith, internalize it and serve the Lord with all their hearts, their minds, their souls and their strength.

Priest Michael & Matushka Emilia Shepherd

Camp Executive Director & Camp Counselor/Co-Director of Camp Education

Fr Michael is the rector of St Michaels in Old Forge, PA and is the camp director. Fr Michael's wife, Emilia, is a 7th & 8th grade teacher at St Dominic's in Honesdale, PA. Both Fr Michael & Emilia love to spend time out outdoors with their children Blaise, Maximus, Rodion, and Savina, especially when they all get to go camping.


St. Michael Church
Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania

2837 Bethany Turnpike
Pleasant Mount, PA 18453


Priest Silouan Burns

Camp Co-Director

Fr. Silouan is the priest at St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Wilmington, Delaware. He is married and has four children, three of whom have been past campers and one now serves as a councilor (Joshua). His wife, Madrecita Emilia has been involved with the camp since Father has, which began in 2019, while Father was still a St. Tikhon’s seminarian and intern under Fr. Timothy Hojnicki. In addition to providing oversight and helping around the camp, Fr. Silouan is involved with the financial side of running a camp this size, working with the diocesan treasurer to help manage the budget and the expenses the camp incurs.

St. Michael the Archangel Church
Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania

c/o 2231 E Huntington Dr
Wilmington, DE 19808-4952 US


Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki


​Fr. Timothy first attended St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp in 1991, and has been a camper, C.I.T. (Counselor in Training), Counselor, and eventually has served as Camp Chaplain for the last many years. Father has been responsible for the education portion of the Teen Program and enjoys the challenge of their very interesting questions… He is married with 4 children (3 of which will be coming this year!). Father is a 2005 graduate of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and since June of 2005 has served as the rector of Holy Apostles Parish in Mechanicsburg, PA. He looks forward to participating in this new chapter in the life of St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp.

Holy Apostles Mission
Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania

805 Club House Dr
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050-7622 US

 717 691-1600

Mrs. Anna Marie Black

Co-director of Camp Education

​Anna Marie has been writing and developing the camp education program for many years.  Anne Marie enjoys ballet, writing, and a good book to read.  Her home parish is Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Pottstown, PA and is very excited to start camp this year.  

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania

Matushka Masha Solak

Co-director of Camp Education

I am Matushka Masha (Mary) Solak and I teach 1st and 2nd grade at Chrysostom Academy in Bethlehem, PA. I have been an early childhood educator for over 25 years and have worked in private schools most of my career. My husband, Fr. Nicholas, is the pastor of Holy Trinity OCA church in Stroudsburg, PA where we have ministered for 20 years. I lead the choir and church school as well as support Father in all areas of our parish responsibilites. We have three children: Emma is an ELA teacher and lives in Huntsville, AL with her husband, Joshua, who is a captain in the US Army. Benjamin is an NFL writer and lives with his wife, Meredith, a Communications Manager, in Grand Rapids, MI.    Niko is a junior at Slippery Rock University studying Social Work. We are serious football fans, mostly rooting for different teams! I also enjoy light reading and doing puzzles. Father and I have a puppy, Mr. Boggs, who keeps us busy and entertained!


Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania

Olivia Long

Social Media Manager & Counselor 

​Olivia is a member of St. Michael's in Wilmington, DE, and lives with her parents and sister in Chesapeake City, MD. She is a senior at Wilmington University studying Organizational Leadership, and in her free time she loves to sing in the choir at church, cook, and spend time with friends and family. She is so excited for camp this year! 

St. Michael the Archangel Church
Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania

Elena Nebrat

Camp Nurse

​Elena is originally from Ukraine and have been living in the US since 1994.  Elena and her husband, George, raised their daughters in Kansas before moving to Pennsylvania in 2014 to be closer to them and both their mothers.  When their daughters were young, Elena enjoyed volunteering as a camp nurse at camp St. Raphael in Oklahoma for several years. Thinking about her daughters at camp brings many wonderful heart warming memories.  Elena medical training is put to good use at Gettysburg Hospital as an acute care nurse practitioner.  Elena loves taking long walks in the woods, riding my bike, going to the beach and watching sunsets in her spare time.  She also love reading good books, sometimes several at once, a little at a time, and spend time with our friends and family. 

Elena would like to add, "I am very excited about this new opportunity and looking forward to getting to know the campers and staff at St. Tikhon's camp while helping everyone to be healthy and well."
Holy Apostles Mission
Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania

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Saint Tikhon’s Summer Camp
PO BOX 123
South Canaan, PA 18459

Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania