Father Michael J. Pasonick is a priest in the Palestinian Orthodox Church of America (POCA). He reportedly works at Holy Resurrection Church in Alden Station, Pennsylvania.
Before becoming a priest in POCA, Pasonick was a deacon in the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania. He was attached to Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre.
Pasonick pleaded guilty on May 24, 2011, to bribing a school board member. The day before this plea, the deacon was suspended by the OCA.
On March 9, 2012, Pasonick was sentenced to one year in jail and a $250,000 fine. He began serving his sentence at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 30, 2012.
The deacon was derocked by the OCA on May 9, 2012.