Blake DiLullo is a Purepecha Indian from Michoacán, Mexico who, at an early age, immigrated to the United States with his mother and six brothers and sisters. He has lived in Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico, and at the age of fourteen followed his older brothers to St. Augustine, Florida where he began working in the field of masonry construction. Throughout the years, Blake worked hard and became a masonry journeyman. In May of 2003 he opened his own masonry company.
Pamela was born on Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas and soon afterward moved to Florida with her family as her father was stationed first in Fort Walton Beach and later at Homestead. After her father’s last deployment to Shemya Island on the Aleutian Chain of Alaska, her family moved to Jacksonville and then to St. Augustine when she was seven where she attended public schools through her high school graduation.
Blake and Pamela met at St. Augustine in November 1990, and were married January 1993, while Pamela was attending St. Johns River Community College. Together, Blake and Pamela have three children: an adult son, Blake Dillon, and two younger daughters, Serena and Cecelia Grace.
Prior to making the decision to home educate their daughters, Pamela received certificates in Early Childhood Education through Florida Community College at Jacksonville and worked as a Pre-K teacher and then as both a scholarship administrator and multi-grade instructor at a faith-based private school in St. Augustine.
Throughout their marriage, Blake and Pamela wanted to raise their children in faith, but it was not until their son encouraged them that they began searching for a church that they could call home. In 2003, the DiLullo Family began their journey to Orthodoxy, and on September 13, 2008 they were all baptized and chrismated into the Greek Orthodox Church at Holy Trinity in St. Augustine by Fr. Nikitas Theodosian.
Immediately after their conversion, Blake, Pamela and their children became active in parish life- Pamela began to work with the youth ministry, teaching in the Sunday school and working as a JOY advisor. Blake assisted with the up-keep of the parish, and Blake Dillon began serving as an acolyte.
Summer 2009 brought a new chapter for the DiLullo family, as Blake was accepted on a short-term mission team to Tyonek, Alaska to teach and help with church reconstruction. A connection was made between Blake and the Athabascan natives, and in January of 2010 Blake was personally invited back under the condition that he would return with his family. The summer of 2010 did see Blake return to Tyonek, with his family, as the leader of the second OCMC team to Tyonek. During the 2010 team trip, reconstruction was completed on the local parish, and a Vacation Church School was held for the local children and as time of instruction for those wishing to set up a parish church school. July 2011, after the conclusion of New Candidate Orientation at OCMC, Blake and his son traveled to the village of Bethel, with Blake leading another construction team, to complete ongoing work at St. Sophia Orthodox Church. The opportunities afforded by these shot-term teams lent themselves to helping the DiLullo’s discern God’s will for their lives- to serve as career missionaries among the people of Alaska.
In Alaska, the DiLullo family will serve as a living witness to the faithful, where Blake will utilize his more than twenty years of experience in construction to help many of the remote communities renovate and rebuild their churches while gaining further knowledge of arctic construction techniques. God willing, he will also acquire skills in addictions counseling through the St. Dimitrie Program, developed by OCMC missionary to Romania, Floyd Frantz, and offered at St. Herman’s Seminary on Kodiak Island. Pamela will continue to home school their children while assisting the staff of St. Herman’s Seminary in developing and implementing Orthodox educational curricula for the youth of Alaska. Both will assist with other projects, as determined by the Hierarch in the Diocese of Alaska.