The Very Rev. Father Basil Aden

The Very Rev. Father Basil Aden is a retired archpriest of the Diocese of the Midwest [Orthodox Church of America (OCA)], now living in North Muskegon with his wife Sandra. He has served as Mission Director of the Diocese of the Midwest and as priest in charge of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Rockford, IL, as well as several other parishes and mission churches. He is now serving on the Stewardship Commission of the Carpatho-Russian Diocese, centered in Johnstown, PA. 

Father Aden earned the degrees of Master in Theology and Doctor of Ministry from the University of Chicago Divinity School and served as a Lutheran pastor for twenty-five years before being received into the Orthodox Church in 1998. He has taught Religious Studies at Rock Valley College and authored a textbook introduction to the study of religion in the contemporary world. He continues to do research and writing on current issues of religion and society.    

His wife, Sandra, is a retired librarian. They have a son, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren living in the Grand Rapids area, with another son living in Indianapolis. They enjoy their family, the outdoors, reading, and trips, especially to Arizona in the winter.