Diaconal Vocations Program - About the Director

Archdeacon Christopher Kirill Sokolov Архидиакон Кирилл Соколов

The Rev. Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov
Director, Diaconal and Late Vocations

Telephone: 415-300-0106
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  • B.A. in History with Distinction, minor in Russian Literature, University of California, San Diego, 2000
  • M.Div., St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, 2007
    M.Div. Thesis: The Diaconate in the Orthodox Church Today
    Supervisor: Archpriest Paul Lazor
    [Theological Research Exchange Network No. 015-0462]
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
    Dissertation: Teacher Engagement in Grades 4-8

Archdeacon C. Kirill Sokolov is the Director of Diaconal and Late Vocations Programs of the Orthodox Church in America and serves at Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco. A M.Div. graduate of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, he previously served as archdeacon to the Metropolitan and Lecturer in Liturgics at St. Vladimir's Seminary. The archdeacon received his educational doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology in 2016. He is currently Adjunct Instructor in Liturgics at St. Herman Seminary (Kodiak, AK). He is regularly invited to lead workshops for clergy, those studying for diaconal ordination, subdeacons, and altar servers. He assists the Metropolitan and hierarchs of the Church at church-wide liturgical celebrations. He is the author of A Subdeacon's Manual (currently awaiting reprint) and the upcoming A Deacon’s Manual. Father Kirill's breadth of experience in different dioceses throughout North America and abroad enables him to teach to a standard of practice while being cognizant of authentic local norms. Archdeacon Kirill and his wife Sophia (St. Vladimir's Seminary, M.A., 2005) are blessed to be parents of three children.


  • "Using Technology in Service to the Church" (III-2007) in Resource Handbook (Orthodox Church in America, 2007)
  • A Subdeacon's Manual (2004)

Church Service

  • Elevated to office of Archdeacon of the Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America (January 30, 2009)
  • Awarded dignity of wearing the kamilavka (May 17, 2008)
  • Elevated to office of Protodeacon by the Holy Synod of Bishops (May 20, 2006)
  • Awarded dignity of wearing the double orarion (November 19, 2005)
  • Ordained to the Diaconate by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman (January 30, 2004)
  • Tonsured a Subdeacon by His Grace Bishop Tikhon, Diocese of the West (1994)
  • Tonsured a Reader by His Grace Bishop Tikhon, Diocese of the West (1992)

Church Activities

  • Director, Diaconal and Late Vocations, Orthodox Church in America (2010-present)
  • Member, Orthodox Church in America's Board of Theological Education (2010-present)
  • Member, Orthodox Church in America's Committee on Diaconal Vocations (2007-present)
  • Consultant, Orthodox Church in America's Department of Liturgical Music and Translations (2005-present)
  • Volunteer webmaster for http://www.schmemann.org (1998-present)
  • Board Member, Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting of SCOBA (2008-2010)
  • Webmaster, Orthodox Church in America (2007-2010)
  • Member, Orthodox Information Technologies Commission [OITC] of SCOBA (2004-2009)
  • Member, Corporation of Ss Cosmas and Damian Adult Home, Staten Island, NY (2004-2005)
  • Founder, Orthodox Christian Fellowship at UCSD (2000)
  • Volunteer webmaster for Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco (1993-2007)