Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood

Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood was a priest in the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). He was removed from the ranks of clergy effective October 22, 2014.

Wood served as the OCA’s representative in Moscow. On July 28, 2011, the OCA announced that Wood had been placed on a leave of absence and recalled to the United States by Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen. The announcement went on to say that Wood was “prohibited from exercising any liturgical or sacramental ministry.” See also, OCA Pastoral Changes for July and August 2011.

Subsequently, Orthodox Christians for Accountability (OCANews) reported that while no reason for this action had been given by the OCA, OCANews had learned that an allegation of possible misconduct has been leveled against Wood. The article also noted that while the OCA had avoided the word “suspension,” Wood was in fact “prohibited from exercising any liturgical or sacramental ministry.”

On August 8, 2011, OCANews further reported on the nature of the allegations against Wood. The news site said that it had received documentation in which Woods own attorney purportedly described the allegations as “a ‘…vaguely worded allegation (or allegations) of sexual misconduct.'” OCANews also noted that the OCA’s sexual misconduct policy allows for the type of sanctions imposed on Wood while charges are investigated.

Further coverage of the matter was posted by OCANews on September 16, 2011. The OCA officially suspended Wood on October 5, 2011.

While Wood was assigned to Moscow, his videotape of the former Protopresbyter Robert S. Kondratick played a role in Kondratick’s deposition from the priesthood.