St. Athanasius Church Accessible

Nicholasville, Kentucky

St. Athanasius Church

Founded 2002

Diocese: Diocese of the South

Deanery: Appalachian Deanery


100 Lime Lane
Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356-4500

Office: 859-881-8144

Parish Contacts

Rev. Justin Patterson
316 Peachtree Rd
Nicholasville, KY 40356
Home: 859-881-1659
Office: 859-881-8144

Lay Leadership

Mr. Rick Cook
Choir Director
Home: 859-887-2371
Mrs. Laura Walther
Church School Coordinator
Mrs. Mary Cook
Church School Coordinator
Mr. Joshua McLaughlin
Youth Coordinator


General Location
Saint Athanasius Orthodox Church is located on the north end of Nicholasville, Kentucky in the Orchard Subdivision adjacent to Walmart. Nicholasville is just 7 miles south of Lexington.

From Lexington
Take US-27/Nicholasville Rd south to Nicholasville. Turn left onto US-27 Business/N Main St. At the second traffic light (McDonald’s is on the right) turn left onto Peachtree St. Pass the Jessamine Medical Center on Peachtree and turn left onto Lime Lane. The church entrance is on the right.

From outside the greater Lexington area

From the South

As you are heading up I-75, take exit number 59 (Mount Vernon). Turn left on US Hwy 150. Continue on US-150 until you reach US-27. Turn right on to US-27 and continue until you reach Nicholasville. Remain on US-27 (do not take S Main St/US-27 Business) around Nicholasville. At the north side of Nicholasville turn right onto N Main St/US-27 Business. At the second traffic light (McDonald’s is on the right) turn left onto Peachtree St. Pass the Jessamine Medical Center on Peachtree and turn left onto Lime Lane. The church entrance is on the right.

Kentucky residents coming from north of Mount Vernon should take I-75 into Lexington. Take the Man o’ War Boulevard exit, and proceed west into Lexington on Man o’ War Boulevard to US-27. Turn left onto US-27/Nicholasville Rd south and continue to Nicholasville, following the directions from Lexington above.

From the North

Follow I-75 to Lexington, Kentucky. Take exit 115 Newtown Pike. Merge right onto KY-4 New Circle Rd. Follow KY-4/New Circle Rd to exit 19 US-27/Nicholasville Rd. Turn right onto US-27 south and follow the directions from Lexington above.

From the East

Follow I-64 to Lexington, Kentucky. At the southeast junction of I-75 and I-64, take I-75 south to the Man o’ War exit. Turn right and follow Man o’ War Boulevard to US-27. Turn left onto US-27/Nicholasville Rd south and follow the directions from Lexington above.

From the West

Follow I-64 toward Lexington, Kentucky. Take exit 58 US-60. Turn right off the exit ramp toward Versailles. Continue on US-60 past Versailles to Lexington. Turn right onto Man o’ War Boulevard (traffic light with Bluegrass Airport on the right, Keeneland on the left). Continue on Man o’ War Boulevard to US-27. Turn right onto US-27/Nicholasville Rd south and follow the directions from Lexington above.

Schedule of Services

5:30 PM Choir Practice; 6:15 PM Ninth Hour, 6:30 PM Vigil followed by Confessions (8:00 PM).
Saturday Evening

9:00 AM Sunday School (classes for all ages); 9:40 AM Third and Sixth Hours; 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy followed by a common meal.  Call for Summertime Sunday School schedule.
Sunday Morning

6:30 PM Vespers followed by Orthodoxy 101 (newcomers’ class).
Wednesday Evening

6:30 PM Vigil with Litiya.
Eves of Great Feasts

7:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts

Confessions are heard following Saturday Vigil or by appointment.

Parish Background

In the summer of 1996, mission work began in Wilmore, KY, through a group of Asbury Theological Seminary students led by David and Rozanne Rucker, Protestant evangelicals who had been serving as missionaries for thirteen years.  While doing post-graduate work at the seminary, the Ruckers continued their pilgrimage toward Orthodox Christianity, which had started in Hong Kong six years earlier.  The mission work in Kentucky was one of four missions in three states founded by Holy Trinity Evangelical Orthodox Church (EOC) in Indianapolis, IN.  From the outset, these missions were committed to eventually entering into the fullness of the Orthodox Church.  It was only a matter of time.

In July 1999, the mission moved from meeting in homes to occupying our first rental facility, 956 S Main St, located in a retail/office comples on the south side of Nicholasville.  We had less than 1200 square feet housing a small chapel, a classroom/nursery, an office/meeting room and restrooms.

In 2002, on the Feast of the Entry of Our Lord in the Temple (February 2), the Kentucky mission was received into the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) under the pastoral care of His Eminence, Dmitri, Archbishop of Dallas and the South.  The sister missions in other states also became part of the OCA.  As founder of the parish, David Rucker was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Archbishop Dmitri of the Feast of SS Peter and Paul, June 29, 2002 and subsequently to the Holy Priesthood on the Feast of All Saints, June 30, 2002.

In September 2002 the mission moved to 926 S Main St, expanding into 4,000 square feet facing Main St.  God provided nearly three-and-a-half times the space for only twice the rent to accommodate the mission’s growth.  This space includes the chapel, multiple classrooms, choir room, parish hall with kitchen facilities, offices and restrooms.

As the first OCA parish in the state of Kentucky, and with a central location in the heart of the Bluegrass Region (greater Lexington area), the parish gratefully received a Church Planting Grant from the Diocese of the South and the national Chancery through the Department of Evangelism.  This grant made it possible for Fr David to devote himself full time to the new Mission, resulting in a thirty percent growth rate each year since 2002.  The mission parish gives thanks to God for providing such wonderful “foundation stones” through the lives of adults and children coming into the fullness of the Christian Faith through this local parish.  Ninety-eight percent of the membership of the parish are coming from traditions and backgrounds not affiliated with the Orthodox Church.

In December of 2004, the church purchased ten acres of land on the east side of Nicholasville, on Chrisman Mill Rd, where future expansion and development is expected.  Another 7.5 acres adjoining this property was purchased in May 2006.  The land includes a large hill (near the highest point in Jessamine County) where, God willing, a beautiful Orthodox Temple will be built.  The Church is now in the process of making plans for the development of the entire property, which will include a cemetery and other facilities that will be built in successive stages.  The property will overlook the new Eastern Bypass (US 27) around Nicholasville.  Construction of this bypass is scheduled to begin in 2007.  A potential I-75 connection to this bypass is under study, which could also be in the shadow of this property.

Thank you for your interest in the background of St Athanasius Church!  Donations toward the building of the Temple and development of the property are now being received.  Your prayers and support are very much appreciated.  Designated gifts may be sent directly to the Church, and will be promptly receipted, and of course, used exclusively as designated.  Thank you for your prayers on our behalf!