Father Daniel James Mackay is married with one child. He is a clergyman in the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, Western American Diocese. Mackay has worked as a priest at Saint John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Eugene, Oregon, since November of 2012.
On October 12, 2016, the clergyman was arrested. He was accused of one felony count of using a minor in the commission of a controlled substance offense and three misdemeanors, including prostitution, endangering the welfare of a minor and sexual misconduct.
The felony charge against Mackay was dismissed on February 21, 2017, . He is still facing trial on nine misdemeanor charges: four counts of prostitution, four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, and one count of sexual misconduct. The priest faces jail time if he is convicted. The trial is scheduled to begin on February 23rd.
Mackay has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His lawyer has said that the clergyman maintains his innocence.
On March 3, 2017, the priest was found guilty of paying for sex with an underage girl.
At the time of his arrest, a press release from the diocese said that Mackay was suspended while the criminal proceedings were pending and until the ecclesiastical proceedings were concluded. A copy of the statement is linked above.
The statement on the parish website did not mention any church discipline, and simply said that Mackay took a voluntary leave of absence beginning the day he was arrested. A copy of that statement is also linked above.
According to the parish’s website, Mackay first became aware of the Orthodox Church in 1997 after a month-long visit to Saint Paisius Serbian Orthodox Monastery. He was ordained a deacon on September 27, 2009, at Saint John’s. Mackay was ordained to the priesthood on July 30, 2011, also at the Eugene church.
The clergyman attended Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, receiving a Masters of Divinity in 2013. He completed his final four courses by correspondence after he assumed the leadership of the Eugene parish in November of 2012. Saint Tikhon’s belongs to the Orthodox Church in America.