Fr. Thomas Frisby
Our Parish Priest
Fr. Thomas was born Robert Frisby in 1958. He took Thomas as his patron saint when baptized into the Orthodox faith. He converted to the Orthodox faith after serving for 12 years as a Baptist pastor in Illinois before coming to the Orthodox faith while living in Prescott Valley, AZ. He attended Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, IL, while a Baptist pastor. After serving as a pastor he became employed as a Financial Adviser for 14 years with some of the largest firms in the financial industry. During his time as a Financial Adviser, he continued to be very involved in church planting and Christian ministry.
After becoming Orthodox, Fr. Thomas completed, through the Antiochian House of Studies, the St. Stevens Program and the Masters of Arts in Applied Theology from University of Balamand. He has extensive experience in speaking, counseling, and church leadership.
He lived in Prescott Valley, AZ, for 8 years after having grown up in IL. He was appointed to Descent of the Holy Ghost, Merrillville, IN, in January 2012. He and his wife, Preoteasa Laurel, have 3 daughters, 7 young grandchildren! Fr. Thomas was appointed on Nov. 1, 2014, to Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
More information about Fr. Thomas’ journey to Orthodoxy can be found at How A Southern Baptist Minister Found His Way To Eastern Orthodoxy.