St Elizabeth's was begun by a small group of American converts in November of 1997. In the Orthodox Church "converts" are people who are not baptized as children in the Orthodox Church, and become Orthodox as adults. Fr Mark Mancuso, raised a Roman Catholic, was ordained to be the priest of St Elizabeth's in September of 2000. Before then, services were held regularly in the Mancuso home by visiting local priests. Then in February 2000, the parish began to rent a small storefront, which was transformed over time into a beautiful, but small sanctuary in the midst of metropolitan Columbia. It was reminiscent of the storefronts which many of the Russian faithful have been attending since the Diaspora began. In early December of 2010, the parish was able to purchase a small protestant church with a fellowship hall and converted them for Orthodox worship. Our own people have crafted most of the handiwork you see in our church: gifted woodworkers, builders, artists and seamstresses. Our parish consists of a varied group of not only Catholic and Protestant converts, but also so-called "cradle-Orthodox" including Russians, Ukrainians, and Serbians.