Imposters at the Altar: The Case of Stephen Ustvolsky

One of the minor characteristics of Orthodox Christianity in America has been the regular appearance of imposters.  Already on our blog, we have discussed the Bulgarian monk in Idaho and his ghost story.  We have also discussed Agapios Honcherenko.  Perhaps the Bulgarian monk really was a monk (though obviously in disobedience) and I still find it difficult to know exactly what to believe concerning Honcherenko.  One person that can definitely be labeled an imposter is Stephen Ustvolsky when he served as a bishop (“Metropolitan Serphim”).  We mentioned him in passing here:

http://orthodoxhistory.org/2009/11/12/1905-the-busiest-year-in-american-orthodox-history/

I thought I would take the time today to provide us with a slightly fuller account of what it is he was doing.  This article includes the text for a denunciation that was to be read publicly:

Ustvolsky