Unexpected Joy is a community of Orthodox Christian believers "working out our salvation" (Philippians 2:12) in Southwest Missouri.

Daily Bread

Our Life in Christ is a participation in Him, through the services of His Body, the Church, and through time with Him in personal prayer and silence.

To be grounded in this participation, rather than in the temptations of the world, Christians have always used personal prayers at home (such as The Jesus Prayer), and read the Holy Scriptures regularly, as well as the lives and writings of those who successfully "put off the old man", and "put on the new."

In the Church we commune each day with these saints, who "were renewed in righteousness and true holiness", by remembering each of them on different days throughout the year. In reading their lives and words we can find encouragement and inspiration to follow their example, entering into the Life of Christ who, dwelt in them.

Our Clergy


Rev. Ephraim Tauck

Parish Rector


Rev. Deacon James Mullin

Deacon Attached



Very Rev. Moses Berry

Parish Founding Pastor