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 Dean is married to Presvytera Olga (Gikas) of Portland, ME. The Hountalas family includes two sons, Christos and Stefanos.
Father Dean was ordained to the Holy Deaconate at St. Andrew’s Church in Chicago in November 1980 and a week later into the Holy Priesthood at St. John the Baptist in Des Plaines, IL by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. Offikia bestowed upon Father Dean include Father Confessor, by Metropolitan Methodios of Boston; Economos, by Bishop Timothy of Detroit; and Protopresbyter, September 1999 by Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit.
Father Dean first served as an Assistant Priest at St. John Church in Des Plaines, IL. He served the faithful as the Priest of St. Nicholas Church in Portsmouth, NH. and has served as presiding priest at Holy Cross Church in Farmington Hills, MI. from 1992 until his retirement in 2020.
Father Dean served as the Brigade Chaplain of the U.S. Army Reserve, 76th Division, HQ, earning an Army Achievement Award; Vicar General and Chancellor, Metropolis of Detroit, from 1999 - 2020. Throughout the years, he has been a member of the Archdiocesan Council, Detroit Metropolis Council, Archdiocese Presbyters Council, Clergy Syndesmos Boards and Diocese Youth Commissions in Chicago, Boston and Detroit; and Pan Orthodox Councils in Chicago and Detroit.