Rev. Dr. Christos B. Christakis, Proistamenos (Presiding Priest)
Phone: (716) 882-9485
Fr. Christos was born in Athens, Greece in 1968. He is the eldest of three children. His parents, brother and sister reside in Athens, Greece. He is married to Presvytera Lisa (Parthenakis) of Cincinnati, Ohio. Father and Presvytera have four children, Basil, Nicholas, Jonah and Maria Angelica.
Fr. Christos studied theology at the University of Athens. He graduated from the theological school of this University in 1990 High Honors (Arista). He completed a Master of Theology at King’s College, University of London, England, UK. He received a Ph.D in Patristic Theology in 1996 at King’s College, London, England, UK.
Fr. Christos was ordained a deacon by Metropolitan John (Zezioulas) of Pergamon on September 26, 1996 and a priest by Metropolitan Kallinikos of Piraeus on September 29, 1996. He served at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, London, England until 1999 and at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Middletown, Ohio until 2007 when he was appointed to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Buffalo, New York, a parish of 750 families in the Metropolis of Detroit (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America)
Fr. Christos has published articles in various Greek and English journals and has presented papers at seminars and conferences. His Masters of Theology thesis, “A Woman Christian Sage of the Fourth Century: Macrina the Virgin Philosopher”, was published in 1995. His areas of interest include the study of the Early Church, Eastern Orthodox Church and the modern Ecumenical Dialogue. He is currently adjunct professor at Canisius College, Buffalo, where he teaches a course on the history and theology of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Fr. Christos is the Orthodox secretary of the International Commission of the Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue since 1994; from 1994-2007 under the chairmanship of Metropolitan John (Zezioulas) of Pergamon and from 2007 under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. He has a great interest in the modern theological dialogue between the Christian churches and has participated in numerous Ecumenical meetings and conferences.
In June 1998 Fr. Christos was one of the three-member delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the Vatican and the late Pope John - Paul II for the patronal feast (Sts. Peter and Paul) of the Church of Rome.
Fr. Christos is married to Presvytera Lisa (Parthenakis) from Cincinnati, Ohio. Presvytera Lisa and Fr. Christos have 4 children: Basil, Nicholas, Jonah and Maria-Angelica.
Fr. Christos’ office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. However, during these hours Fr. Christos is frequently out of the office performing visitations and other pastoral ministries. Therefore, it is best to schedule an appointment if you wish to meet with him.
Fr. John Sakellariou (Assistant Priest)
Phone: (716) 882-9485
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Fr. John was born in 1982 in Cincinnati, OH, the first of two sons to the late Zaharias and Eleni (Boustalis)Sakellariou. Upon his graduation from high school in 2000, Fr. John attended the University of Cincinnati where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Technology in 2006. Soon after graduation, Fr. John was employed in the Information Technology division of the Kroger Corporation. In 2010, Fr. John left the Kroger Corporation in order to attend Holy Cross School of Theology. While in seminary and after graduation, John had the opportunity to work for the Archdiocese’s Department of Internet Ministries. In May of 2014 he completed his Masters of Divinity with Distinction at Holy Cross School of Theology. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate at Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, OH on November 17th, 2014. On the following week, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Buffalo, NY.
Fr. John and his wife Pavlina have two sons, Zaharias and Constantine.