Mitko was ordained in the [[Macedonian Orthodox Church]] and was sent with his [[presvytera|popadia]] to a parish in the town of Valandovo, southern central Macedonia. While serving in Valandovo their daughter Alexandra was born.
In 1982, Fr Mitko was sent to Australia to serve in Rockdale, and then Queanbeyan, during the episcopate of Metropolitan Timotej of Australia and New Zealand (Macedonian). In 1987, after serving 5 years in Australia, he was granted a canonical release from Met Timotej and went back to Valandovo in Macedonia.
After twelve months, Fr Mitko and family returned to Australia and both he and his popadia obtained secular employment. In 1995 Fr Mitko suffered an industrial accident which crushed his lower spine; as a result, his spine is now held together by 22 screws. In 1997, he was invited by [[Bishop]] [[Gibran (Ramlawey) of Australia and New Zealand|Gibran]] to join the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese and serve the small congregation at Saint Nicholas Church ([[Australian jurisdictions without a local bishop|OCA]]), Bankstown, in an honorary capacity.