A parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), St. Innocent was founded in 1982 as a house church in Medford, Oregon. Its small body of believers struggled for years without a priest, though from time to time a priest or priest-monk visited to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. In 1995 Father Seraphim became the priest of St. Innocent Church.
In 1998, St. Innocent received the donation of a small barn a mile east of the town of Rogue River, which was converted to a place for worship. Due to deterioration however, this structure had to be demolished and in 2005, services were moved to St. Catherine’s Russian Orthodox Church in Wimer, Oregon.
While remaining part of the Russian Orthodox Church, St. Innocent is no longer an ethnic parish in people or language. However, even though our members are almost entirely American converts, and all services are in English, St. Innocent strives to maintain the traditional Orthodox ethos, and the ancient way of life and worship.