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Very Rev'd Archpriest Michael Butler

has been a priest for 26 years, serving parishes in Michigan and Ohio. He has a BA in archetypal psychology, an MA in theology, and a PhD in church history & patristics. He wrote his dissertation on St Maximus the Confessor. He has taught at university and trained men for the diaconate. He has worked with the Foundation for Research in Economics and the Environment (Bozeman, MT), the Liberty Fund (Indianapolis, IN), and the Acton Institute (Grand Rapids, MI) on interdisciplinary work in evironmentalism, economics, religion, literature, philosophy, politics, social justice, and natural law. For 30 years he has been interested in men’s work, especially in the areas of rites of passage, masculine archetypes, sacred space/time, and initiation. He is always looking for ways that traditional Orthodox psychology, spirituality and practice can help everyone today become the best they can be. He is married to Annette, his wife of 36 years, and has two grown sons. When he's not at home, or at church, or in conversation with someone over coffee, he'll likely be at the gym, pumping iron.



Reverend Protodeacon Jacob Frimenko, PhD,

has been attached to Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church for over 20 years. He has served as a Deacon, Choir Director, Youth Group Advisor, and Parish Council member. He is the Phillips Professor of Management and Professional Leadership at Madonna University, Livonia; an Emeritus Distinguished Techincal Fellow in Statistical Methods at Visteon Corporation; and is the principal and owner of J. Frimenko and Associates, a consulting research company.

Maestro Joshua Jobst, Choir Master

at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church since 2019. He began playing piano and singing at age 4 and has been active as a pianist, vocalist, conductor, pedagogue, speaker, author, and composer professionally for over 25 years. Maestro holds an M.M. in piano performance from Eastern Michigan University and a B.A. in piano pedagogy from Concordia College. He studied piano with Carolyn Lipp, Dady Mehta, and Garik Pedersen; vocal and choral conducting with Wendy Bloom and Kurt von Kampen; and composition with Anthony Iannaccone. Maestro is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards at music festivals and competitions, including: the Young Artists Competition; EMU Graduate Music Competition; Viardo International Piano Competition; and the American Liszt Society/William Garrison Competition, where he received first prize for the best interpretation of a piece by Franz Liszt. He is also the author of two music books: Pitch Paths: A Method for Developing Absolute Pitch at Any Age and PianoVoce: Beginning Music Language for Children. In addition to music, he is a professional wedding photographer and cinematographer and is the owner/director of Beaded Elephant. Maestro also enjoys riding motorcycles and is the president/founder of the nonprofit Orthodox Motorcycle Association. He currently resides in Milford, MI with his beloved wife Brenda and four children.

Subdeacon James Emrick, Readers
Janet Ames, Church School Coordinator

has been a church school parent, teacher and co-coordinator for many years.  She has her undergraduate degree from Albion College and Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University.  She has worked at Penrickton Center for Blind Children for 35 years in a variety of roles and has loved each title and every child!  Coordinating the church school program with Valerie Gregory has been a privilege and thanks the parish for its support.  She has been married for 36 years and has 2 adult children.

Katherine Matson, Hospitality Coordinator

36075 W. Seven Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48152


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