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Our Clergy and Ministries

The Most Reverend Archbishop Benjamin, Rector

Archbishop Benjamin PetersonBorn Vincent Peterson in Pasadena, California, on June 1, 1954, Archbishop Benjamin was baptized and chrismated at Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, Los Angeles, California, on April 27, 1972. In 1978 he was awarded a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Liturgical Music from Saint Vladimir's Seminary.  A prolific musician, he served as choirmaster at parishes in Detroit, Michigan, and Los Angeles and as chairman of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Liturgical Music. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on November 15, 1987 by Bishop Tikhon at his home parish.  The following year he was tonsured a riasophore monk by Bishop Tikhon and further tonsured to the lesser schema by His Eminence, Archbishop [later Metropolitan] Herman at Saint Tikhon Monastery, South Canaan, Pennsylvania. In 1991 he was elevated to the rank of archdeacon.  On July 19, 1997, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop Tikhon.  On January 31, 2007, His Grace was unanimously nominated as a candidate for The Office of Diocesan Hierarch. The Holy Synod of Bishops, in their 2007 spring session, elected His Grace to be the reigning hierarch of the Diocese of the West. He was installed as ruling bishop on October 2, 2007. At the 2012 spring session, the Holy Synod elevated the bishop to the dignity of Archbishop.

The Very Reverend John Takahashi, Dean

Archpriest John TakahashiArchpriest John Takahashi has been serving as dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral since 2006.  Father John grew up in Tokyo serving at Holy Resurrection Cathedral since age nine as an altar server.  Until he graduated from Saint Vladimir’s Theological Seminary in New York after attending the seminary in Tokyo, he served under Metropolitan Ireney, Archbishop Nikon, Bishop Amvrosy, and Metropolitan Vladimir who, while leading the Orthodox Church in Japan, were hierarchs of Orthodox Church in America.  He served as Subdeacon for the late Archbishop Dmitri during first years of his episcopacy.  Later, he served as the secretary to the primates of the Orthodox Church in Japan, the late Metropolitan Theodosius, from whom he received the first jeweled cross, and Metropolitan Daniel.  During that time, he had opportunities to see the life of various churches accompanying Metropolitan Theodosius of Japan in his official visits to the Patriarchates of Jerusalem, Constantinople, Moscow, Georgia, and Romania.  He was exposed to the diversity of Orthodox Christian life during these visits.  He received gold and jeweled crosses from late Patriarchs Pimen and Aleksy II for his dedication to the Church, for church relations, leading pilgrims to Russia, and preparing Patriarch Aleksy’s visit to Japan.  For ten years, he taught Christian East, a required course at Tokyo Women’s Christian University, the oldest Women’s University in Japan.  He has written twelve books in Japanese introducing the Orthodox Church and its life for the general public, all available in ordinary bookstores in Japan.  After writing icons and books on iconography, he now works in pen and ink with water color medium praising God for the beauty of the city of San Francisco.  Father John could not have accomplished anything without the support and cooperation of his wife, Matushka Naomi and the love of his son, Noah. They have five grandchildren in the Modesto area.  He sees Orthodox Christian life at Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco rooted deeply in the American soil as the cutting edge of Orthodox Christian life within the context of both American life as well as modern life in the 21st century.  He is grateful to the Most Holy Trinity that he is blessed to serve Him under His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin who has the solid vision of the Orthodox Church on the American continent.

The Very Reverend Dr. Kirill Sokolov, Associate Priest

Archpriest Kirill and Matushka Sophia SokolovArchpriest Kirill Sokolov was baptized as an infant at our sister parish of St. Nicholas in Saratoga, CA. He grew up at seminary and in a number of parishes including Holy Trinity Cathedral, where his father, Archpriest Victor, served as dean from 1991 until his repose in 2006. After college graduation, Kirill worked and attended classes at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York where he met his future wife, a seminarian named Sophia. Sophia is a native of Nevada and was baptized while studying at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM. 

Kirill was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Metropolitan Herman on Three Hierarchs’ Day 2004 with then-Bishop Hilarion (Alfeyev) and more than a dozen priests concelebrating. He was asked to remain a permanent diaconal presence at the seminary. The Holy Synod of Bishops elevated him to the dignity of Protodeacon in 2007, and in 2009, to the office of Archdeacon of the Orthodox Church in America. By 2009, Archdeacon Kirill and Sophia had both graduated seminary, and Father Kirill was serving as Associate Chancellor for Systems and Lecturer in Liturgics at the school. Sophia was a regular choir director in the seminary choirs and taught church school and adult education classes. In 2010, the Sokolovs moved back to the Bay Area to be closer to family.

On Bright Saturday 2017, Father Kirill was ordained to the holy priesthood by Archbishop Benjamin and assigned to the Cathedral as Associate Priest. He also serves as Director of Diaconal and Late Vocations for the Orthodox Church in America. Father Kirill received his educational doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology and works in educational and technology leadership at a local school. Father Kirill, Matushka Sophia, and their three children are grateful to God for the parishioners that make Holy Trinity Cathedral their spiritual family.

The Reverend Protodeacon Brendan Doss

Protodeacon Brendan DossProtodeacon Brendan Doss grew up in Nashville, with a Presbyterian background. In 1988, he was baptized in the Orthodox Church at St Herman of Alaska Mission in Sunnyvale, and in 2002, Metropolitan Laurus of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) ordained him to the Holy Diaconate. About two years later, Father Brendan received a transfer to the Serbian Patriarchate and began serving at St Seraphim / Protection parish in Santa Rosa, on loan to the Orthodox Church in America. In 2006, he asked to be received into the Orthodox Church in America. At Archbishop Benjamin’s request, he accepted the honor of serving at Holy Trinity Cathedral, beginning on the Feast of the Ascension, 2006. He enjoys music and art, as well as science and understanding how things work. Father Brendan studied Electrical Engineering at Rice University, with a graduate fellowship in digital signal processing at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. In 2013, the Holy Synod of Bishops elevated Father Brendan to the dignity of Protodeacon.

Reader Stephen (Robert) Parent, Choir Director

Robert Allen Parent (b. 1943 in Woonsocket, R.I.) has held the position of Holy Trinity Cathedral choir director since 1977. He is responsible for the quality of music and liturgical English in use at the Cathedral. After graduation from Middlebury College and Michigan State University, while studying Russian Literature at the University of Pittsburgh, he received instruction in Russian Orthodox liturgics and choral music from the late Mitered Archpriest Vitaly Sahaydakovsky of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, after which he served as choir director in several Russian parishes, including Christ the Saviour Church in San Francisco, where services were conducted mainly in Church Slavonic.

The choir of Holy Trinity adorns the services of the Cathedral with prayerful voices. If you are interested in this deeply meaningful ministry of sacred song, please speak with Bob.


Charitable works are central to the life of a Christian community. Lay leaders organize opportunities throughout the year for active service and for sacrificial giving. Please contact one of the priests for further information or to volunteer your time, talent, and treasure.

Church School for Children

Our church school meets Sundays during the school year at 9:30 am before Divine Liturgy in the fellowship hall. Our youngest learners have an opportunity to prepare for the Lord's supper by being with other Christians their age in a joyful setting. Coordinators: Dr. Katherine Strelkoff and Mary Flynn.

Parish Council

The parish council is a volunteer leadership committee elected by parish membership at its annual parish meeting. In a spirit of mutual love and trust with the Rector and clergy, the parish council is responsible for stewardship of the parish's resources and deliberating on other parish business. Read our parish bylaws.

Cathedral Stewards

All parishioners are invited to be active "stewards" of the community life of the cathedral community by volunteering time and talent throughout the year. One aspect of our community life that we are very grateful for is the breaking of the fast with gourmet luncheons that are hosted by a family or group of parishioners each Sunday!

Web Team

One visible witness to our liturgical life and active community life is our web site, Founded in the early nineties as one of the first major Orthodox Christian web presences, the site is actively maintained by a volunteer web team coordinated by Matushka Sophia Sokolov, a 2005 graduate of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.