Fr. Nicholas Solak, entered St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York in 1984 as a college student. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he began a career in Corrections as a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist. During those ten years working in Corrections, he belonged to St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Allison Park, PA and Christ the Savior Mission parish in Southbury, CT. While in CT, he served as a lay delegate for the New England Diocesan Council. In 1999, he returned to St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and earned his Master’s in Divinity and was ordained as a priest in February 2002.
Fr. Nicholas became Holy Trinity’s first full-time priest in July of 2002. He continued his education after 2002, commuting weekly to New York, and in 2008, received his Doctorate of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir’s Seminary. In addition to his Parish Ministry responsibilities, Fr. Nicholas teaches Pastoral Theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and Saint Tikhon’s Seminary. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Orthodox Church in America's Office of Pastoral Life and the Administrator of the Thriving in Ministry Program.
Father Nicholas and his wife Masha - Holy Trinity’s Church School Leader, Choir Director and a teacher at the Chrysostomos Academy in Bethlehem, PA - have three children and a dog.