From the age of 8, Alexander served as an altar boy under [[Archbishop]] Panteleimon, then under Archbishop Afanassy, who took him under his wing and gave him three years of formal theological training. Vladyka Afanassy possessed a great theological library. Wishing to read the works of the Holy Fathers in the original, Alexander first learned modern Greek, then ancient Greek.
At the end of 1963, Alexander enrolled at [[Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary (Jordanville, New York)|Holy Trinity Seminary]] in Jordanville, New York, which he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology in 1967. A year earlier, Archbishop [[Averky (Taushev)]] [[ordination|ordained]] him to the [[deacon|diaconate]], and during Great Lent, Metropolitan [[Philaret (Voznesensky) of New York|Philaret (Voznesensky)]] of blessed memory ordained him to the [[priest]]hood and sent to Protection of the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church in Los Angeles, where he served as [[rector]] for 31 years. From 1971-1985, Fr Alexander led several youth pilgrimages to Greece and the Holy Land. While spiritually nourishing his flock, Fr Alexander continued his scientific education, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics in 1978, then a Master’s Degree in Electronics, and finally, in 1983, an Engineer’s Degree from the University of Southern California in Communications. He worked in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. His lay work enabled Fr Alexander to become an expert in computers, which in turn helped him publish numerous missionary pamphlets which enjoyed great popularity in Russia and abroad. Today there are over 300 brochures published in Russian, English and Spanish on Orthodox Christianity.
In 1995, Protopriest Alexander was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] in Holy Trinity Monastery and given the name ''Alexander'' in honor of Holy Martyr Archbishop [[Alexander of Kharkov]], who died in prison in 1939 (until then, Fr Alexander bore the name of St [[Alexander Nevsky]], on whose feastday he reposed).