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About our Craftsmen

St. John the Baptist Icon Studio

        Brendan Kulp was raised in a traditional Orthodox family, and is the son of Father Thomas Kulp, an Orthodox Priest in the Russian Church Abroad.  Brendan has been an artist since his youth, and spent many years developing and illustrating comic books and children's stories.  Soon after the birth of his second daughter Brendan made a life changing pilgrimage to the Monastery of  Saint Anthony in Arizona.  He returned home with the desire to devote the rest of his life to painting Icons. An experienced Iconographer happened to be attending his father's Church at that time, and with his guidance, Brendan was able to learn the basics of Iconography.  After painting and selling a number of Icons on his own,  he was hired to assist Monk Theodore, the head Iconographer at nearby St Isaac of Syria Skete.  Brendan spent nearly two years working with and assisting the monks in the Icon Studio there.  During this time,  Brendan also had the privilege of training under Master Iconographer, Dmitri Andreyev.  Brendan has four children:  Lydia, Anysia, Alexander, and Cecilia, and is a member of the Church of St. John the Baptist, located in rural Blue River, Wisconsin.


St. John the Baptist Workshop

          St. John’s Workshop was started for the purpose of providing a common work for those interested in living a communal life. Currently three young men who all attended St. Innocent’s Academy in Kodiak, Alaska for various lengths of time are now living together on the property of Fr. Thomas Kulp where both the church and the workshop are located. They are living a communal life in order to inspire each other and those around them. Center to this community is the sharing of faith in the Orthodox Church and the goal to keep a peaceful and pray

erful atmosphere.