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Our Church

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Our Story

H. E. Metropolitan Serapion established St. Mary & St. Verena church on March 30, 1997. The church started with services on Saturdays at a rented space (The Rock Church) in Fullerton, Ca. After Fr. Joseph Boules was ordained in June 1997, we moved services to Sundays in August 1997. Services were held for 5 years (until May 2002) at a rented space from Anaheim's First Southern Baptist Church. The congregation purchased and moved into a church building in Anaheim in May 2002. Then we had the blessed ordinations of Archi Jacob Abdelmalak in December 2011 and Fr. Andrew Hanna in October 2014. Finally, in August 2017, the congregation purchased and moved into our current campus in Yorba Linda, Ca. 

Our Vision

"A Christ-centered community, spiritually developed and heavenly oriented."

Our Mission

"To be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to 'Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit….'


Meet our clergy

Fr. Joseph Boules

Father Joseph Wahba Boules was born on October 21, 1964.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the California Polytechnic University at Pomona. He served as Deacon and Sunday School Teacher from 1981 to 1997 at Saint George Church in Bellflower, California.

His Grace Bishop Serapion ordained him a presbyter on June 22, 1997 and on Sunday, May 22, 2016, he was elevated to the priestly dignity of Hegumen by His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion.

With his wife Mary, they have two children: Gregory and Daniel.

Fr. Boules was ordained on 6/22/1997 to serve our church. He was elevated to the rank of Hegumen on 5/22/2016.

Fr. Andrew Hanna

Fr. Andrew Hanna was born in London, England in 1978; his family moved to the United States in 1984.

He was the Engineering Operations Chief for Space Simulation Testing and an Engineering Program Manager at NASA’s JPL prior to his ordination to the priesthood.

With his wife Amira, they have two children: Aaron Athanasius (born in 2011) and Abigail Mary (born in 2014).

He led the Sunday School Program at Holy Virgin Mary Church in Los Angeles under the spiritual guidance of the late Fr. Antonious Henein of blessed memory. 

Fr. Hanna was ordained on 10/5/2014 to serve our church

Archdeacon Jacob Abdelmalak

Archi Abdelmalak was ordained on 12/5/2011 to serve our church.

Archi Abdelmalak was ordained on 12/5/2011 to serve our church.

St. Mary & St. Verena church is part of the
Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California & Hawaii,
headed by H.E. Metropolitan Serapion.


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5401 Fairmont Blvd. Yorba Linda, Ca. 92886  |  Tel: 714-340-3255

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