Our Priest

Fr Jacob Van Sickle came to PTVM as acting rector in June of 2018. He previously served as an assistant priest at St. Theodosius Cathedral in Cleveland, OH where he was ordained. He also administers the Diocese of the Midwest’s family web page: www.midwestfamily.org

Fr Jacob grew up in nearby Highland, IN before attending Valparaiso University, where he met his wife, Jenna. He earned his BA in Classics from Valpo in 2006, then proceeded to St. Vladimir’s Seminary where he completed the MDiv in 2009 and a ThM in 2010. He went on to study at Saint Louis University, where he completed a PhD in Historical Theology in 2017. He has taught theology, comparative religion, and Latin at Saint Louis University, Cleveland State University, and Lutheran West High School respectively. He has published several articles about early Christianity and medieval Orthodox-Catholic relations. He has also translated a book of writings by St. Basil the Great, an important 4th century Christian bishop.

Fr Jacob believes that the faith Christ once delivered to the Apostles, which they preached to the nations, still gives life to a dying world. He endeavors to foster this same, unadulterated, orthodox faith in Northwest Indiana.

Email Fr. Jacob: frjacobvansickle@gmail.com