About Church

Our Parish

St John's Syriac Orthodox Church is in its budding stage. It is formed with a clear mission with a vision. The Church has been formed by a group of families who are followers of Syriac orthodox tradition in India (Malankara).


St. John’s Syriac Orthodox Church of Raleigh, a Jacobite Church, mainly consists of the SOCA members from South India (Kerala) who speak the Malayalam language. We belong to the very ancient church called ‘Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch (SOCA)’, one of the members of the Oriental Orthodox Church family. The Syriac Orthodox Church is held to be the first church of Christianity established by the Apostle St. Peter.

Our Archdiocese, The Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America is a non-profit religious organization in the United States, incorporated in the State of New York. The Archdiocese is under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, the Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. This Archdiocese comprises of the parishes all over the United States and Canada for the people predominantly from India who follow the Syriac tradition. The Church uses the Syriac language, a dialect of Aramaic spoken by Lord Jesus, as the Liturgical language along with English & Malayalam, a vernacular language of South India. Here we hope to present the orthodox faith, principles and organization of the church and its related entities.

We gather here to celebrate holy Qurbana according to the ancient tradition of Syriac Orthodox Church.

We are looking forward to expand our mission by transferring the rich orthodox tradition to our young generation through Sunday-schools and Youth associations.

Expecting all your kind support towards spreading the messages of our savior - Jesus Christ. 

Current Vicar: Very Rev. John Varghese Corepiscopos (2016 - Present)

Very Rev. John Varghese Corepiscopos

Very Rev. John Varghese Corepiscopos was born and brought up in the State of Karnataka, India. He is married to Ammini and has two children, Aneesh and Anusha. He was ordained as a priest in 1985 and was elevated to the position of Corepiscopos in 2009. In addition to being a Vicar at over 7 churches in the past, he was also the Manager and former Director at St. George Pre-University College. He has also taught over 15 years in Sunday School and had an active role in the Youth Association where he was secretary for several years.

Former Vicar: Rev. Fr. Anu Varughese (2015 - 2016)

Rev. Fr. Anu Varughese is the Vicar of St.George Syrian Orthodox Church, Charlotte, NC . He hails from Pathanamthitta and is the son of Mr.K S Varghese and Mrs.Suja Varghese. He received his Diploma in Clinical Pastoral Counselling from TMA Institute of Counselling, Kottayam. He acquired his Master of Divinity (Mdiv) from Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Dehra Dun. He has his Bachelors in Arts. Rev. Fr. Anu Varughese is married to Ashly Varghese from Vennikulam. They are blessed with a daughter, Ellen Anu Varughese.