Reverend Father Nicholas Pathenos graduated from Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology, M.Div. in 1980. He was in the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He has done post-graduate coursework toward his Doctorate Dissertation in Philosophy at the University of Illinois from 1986-1990.
Father Nicholas began his career as an assistant priest for two years at Annunciation Cathedral in Denver. He then became the pastor of St. Nicholas Church in Corpus Christi, Texas from 1983-1986.
He was the Pastor of Three Hierarchs Church in Champaign, Illinois from 1986-1990. He was instrumental in the founding of the Orthodox Campus Fellowship of Pan-Orthodox Students and in establishing parish scholarship programs, which enabled fourteen Orthodox students to pursue college educations. He broke ground for a senior citizens housing complex. During his time in Champaign he also visited the Patriarchate in Istanbul and served with Patriarch Demetrius at St. Andrew’s liturgy.
He served the Parish of St. George, Bloomfield Hills, from 1991 to December 28, 2014. In January of 1992 he led a pilgrimage to Jerusalem with 15 parishioners.
President Reagan invited Father Nicholas in 1990 to the inauguration of President-Elect George H. Bush at which time he offered the opening prayers for the pre-inaugural dinner, as well as prayers for a reception for Vice President-Elect Dan Quayle. He also attended an Oval Office reception with Rev. Billy Graham and Rev. Jerry Farwell.
In 1997 he was invited by the Jimmy Carter Institute of World Peace to attend spiritual leadership conference in Oslo, Norway.
In 1998 he returned overseas as a Project Hope worker with the United Nations participating in helicopter airlifts of medical supplies to Bosnia and interior lands. During this time he also worked with the Greek Ministry of Public Health in setting up breast cancer screening programs and equipment in rural Thrace.
In 2001 attended summer theological course at Christ College at Oxford University in Oxford England. Then in 2003 and 2006 returned to Oxford as a guest lecturer.
Father Nick is currently retired and enjoys relaxing by playing golf and spending time with his sons, Andrew and Alex and his faithful dog, Moses.