St. James Orthodox Church
1651 Horizon Parkway, Suite 400, Buford, Georgia 30518
"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you." (James 4:8)

St. James Orthodox Church is located in Buford, Georgia, in the northeast metropolitan Atlanta area, serving all of north and northeast Georgia. Founded in 2013, we are a quickly growing mission of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Our services are family-friendly and are celebrated in English. 

Our parish is more than just a place where people come to worship the living God (although it is first and foremost that!). St. James is a vibrant and exceptionally friendly faith community of people of all ages who are working out their salvation together and raising their families in accordance with the commandments of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, following the sacred norms for spiritual life of the ancient Holy Eastern Orthodox Church.

Our congregants journeyed to the Orthodox Church from many other Christian and non-Christian traditions, as well as being "born" into the faith, yet all are seeking a depth of spiritual richness and continuity of worship and faith that stretches 2000 years through the centuries. We do not seek to be entertained, but instructed. We do not ask what the Church can do for us, but to worship the Great "I AM", our Lord Jesus Christ, in the same manner as the early Christians, simply because He is God

We are always honored to have visitors join us for prayer and worship, and encourage you to visit and to discover for yourself the enduring appeal of the fullness of the Church as found in the Eastern Orthodox faith.

"Come and see." (John 1:46)

What's New

02/15/18Clean Week -

12/08/17Chrismation of Richard and Sandra Richardson -

On Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, we had the pleasure of welcoming our brother and sister Richard and Sandra Richardson into the Holy Orthodox Church by the rite of chrismation. RIchard took the name of King Richard of Wessex, and Sandra St. Alexandra the Empress of Russia. May God grant them many years of service in the vineyard of the Lord! See the pictures under the Media tab and select Photos.

05/30/17Audio Sermons Now Available Online! -

Fr. Steven's sermons are now online! Just go to the Media tab and select Weekly Sunday Sermons.

05/05/17Visit of the Holy Fire to St. James! -
As many of you may have heard, the Holy Fire, which miraculously appears to the Patriarch of Jerusalem in the Holy Sepulcher each Holy Saturday afternoon to the delight of thousands of pilgrims, is in the United States for the first time in history. It was brought by priests from Moscow, who received it from Jerusalem before the beginning of the Paschal service this year.
There has been a concerted effort to bring the fire to as many parishes as possible over the last few weeks. We are pleased and blessed to announce our mission parish will also be among those to receive the Holy Fire this weekend. It will be arriving before Vespers on Saturday afternoon and be available to any of the faithful that day, or after Divine Liturgy or coffee hour on Sunday. Because of this, we will not have the scheduled coffee hour class this week.
If you wish to take the fire home with you, please bring a candle (the larger the better) with you. When you get home the fire can then be used to light the lampada in your icon corner, or can be used to trace the sign of the cross on the lintels of your doorways. We will leave it lit at church as long as possible.
This is a great blessing for our parish, and we hope that everyone will participate in this sharing of one of the greatest miracles in all of Christendom!
Why We Use Incense In Our Services

Holy Orthodoxy: The Ancient Church of Acts in the 21st Century

The Orthodox Church boldly claims to be the Church that Jesus Christ founded, but these assertions are not without firm historical basis. This brief documentary, narrated by Stephen Baldwin, will introduce you to the faith once given to all the saints! 

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Sunday Bulletin

Fr. Steven's Podcast series

The Life of the Church Today
The Life of the Church Today

Friday, 16 Feb 2018


Friday, 22 Dec 2017

The Christmas Crunch