Rev. Father Christopher (Jeffrey) Abell was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on June 13, 2015 by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit and is assigned to the Metropolis of Detroit as a priest with a lay vocation. Father Christopher was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on December 18, 2011 by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit at the St. George Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Father John, a.k.a. Artemakis, was born on the island of Crete in Greece. He came to the United States with his family in 1947 and they settled in Chicago.
After finishing high school, Father John studied at our Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA for one year. He then returned to Greece in 1959 and studied at the Rizarios Seminary in Athens. Then he continued studies at the School of Theology of Athens University. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Sacred Theology (M.S.T.) in 1964.
Rev. Dr. Michael Bahlatzis was born in 1957 in Brooklyn, NY to Dionysios and Angeliki of Greece. Fr. Michael graduated with highest honors from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine with the D.P.M. (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) degree in 1987 and from UHSA School of Medicine in 2007 with the M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree. He received the Dr. H. Harvey Haber Memorial Award for Excellence and Proficiency in Clinical Diagnosis in 1987.
Fr. Stavros Ballas, son of James and Aspasia, was born on May 16, 1957 and raised in Keene, New Hampshire. He earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. In 1992 he married Theano (Thea) Gormanos, daughter of John and Karrie of Spokane, Washington. In 1994 Fr. Stavros entered the Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1997. After several months of further study in Greece, Fr. Stavros was ordained by His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon to the holy Diaconate at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City on March 8, 1998 and to the holy Priesthood on April 4, 1998 at Saint George’s in Southgate, Michigan, serving as assistant priest under Fr. Philemon Karamanos until October, 2001.
Being a part of the Metropolis of Detroit is a homecoming of sorts for Fr. Jim. He was born in (East) Grand Rapids, Michigan just days before Christmas of 1956, the son of a Baptist minister. Within a year of being born, the Detroit Lions would win their last NFL Championship. At the age of six, his family moved to Battle Creek (the site of Sts. Constantine & Helen Chapel was once home to Calvary Baptist Church, formerly pastored by his father). He graduated "laudi how cum" from Wheaton College (outside of Chicago) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1979.
Fr. Jon was born to Steve and Vaso Boukis on November 29, 1969 in Parma, Ohio. He graduated Cum Laude with his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Akron in 1995. Shortly after receiving his degree, on October 14, 1995, Fr. Jon and Presbytera Doreece (Spencer) were united in marriage. He then worked for 7 years in the fields of accounting, personal finance and sales, before attending seminary.
Deacon George (Edward) was ordained on November 19, 2011 by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan after a lifetime of servitude in the Orthodox Church. Hellenic College Holy Cross offered the Special Student Certificate to him in 2014 after due diligence and dedication in the program.
Father Bill was born January 13, 1950, in Spokane, Washington to Greek-American parents. His Greek heritage is linked to Lamia and Arcadia Greece. He attended public schools in Spokane and graduated in 1968 from Shadle Park High School.
He entered Hellenic College in 1968 and received his B.A. in 1973. He entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and earned a Master of Divinity with honors in 1975.
Father Lucas Christensen, son of S. Mark and Leesha Christensen, was born in Beulah, ND and raised in Burlington, IA, Gillette, and Casper, WY. He graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Theology. In summer of 2004, he completed the certificate at the International Academy of Apologetics and Human Rights at the Université de Strasbourg, Alsace, France.
Fr. Timothy was born in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1988 as the third of eight children. He received his education at home through high school and enrolled at Hillsdale College in the fall of 2006. While at Hillsdale he met and married his wife Catherine, and they both converted to Orthodoxy in 2009. Fr. Timothy graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies in 2010.
Born in 1947 in Huntington, WV, Fr. Patrick Cowles graduated from Marshall University with BA and MA degrees, worked for three years, and then entered doctoral studies in Political Science at UMass-Amherst. Obtaining his PhD in 1979, he taught for four years, and then became Senior Research Associate for the Center for Urban Affairs at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. During this time, he discovered the Orthodox faith, and entered the Church in 1987. His love for his new faith led him to enroll in seminary in 1990.
Father Stratton Dorozenski was raised in Stratford, Connecticut and participated in the parish life at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He attended Hellenic College and the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts from 1970-1977 and received The Degree of Master of Divinity with Distinction.
Father Mark was born in Chicago, IL in 1967. He grew up in Sauk Village, IL and attended the Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Merrillville, IN. In 1985, he enrolled in Hellenic College in Brookline, MA to pursue a degree in Religious Studies/Pre-Theology. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he matriculated into the Master of Divinity program at Holy Cross School of Theology, also in Brookline, MA.
Fr. Stephen was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. He attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1990 with a major in accounting. He then entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1994. The following year he furthered his study in modern Greek attending the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Father James serves as Presiding Priest of the Saint George Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Prior to ordination, he worked full-time in the field of mental health after receiving a master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Tennessee. His educational background also includes a master's degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and a doctorate in pastoral psychology from Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University. In June 2017, Metropolitan Nicholas awarded Father James the Ecclesiastical Office of Spiritual Father/Confessor (Pnevmatikos). His wife, Presbytera Juliana (Schmidt), is a licensed professional counselor in private practice.
Father Dean Hountalas was born in Aurora, IL. Father Dean earned a Diploma with Honors from the Marmion Military Academy and a BA with Honors from Aurora (IL.) University.
He attended the Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA, earning a M.Div. with Distinction in 1980. He completed further studies at the United States Army Chaplain School at Ft. Monmouth, NJ and Counselor Training at Financial Peace University in Brentwood, TN.
Father Philemon Karamanos was born to Nicholas and Zaharoula Karamanos in the village of Pyrgos, Kalamata, Greece on March 27, 1937. He came to the United States in 1956 and attended Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline from 1958-1964 graduating Cum Laude. Furthering his studies Father Philemon graduated from Syracuse University, New York, 1967 and later attended the University of Detroit receiving a M.A. in New Testament in 1972.