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This week (Tuesday 1/25 at 4pm PST/7pm EST), Fr. Gary Kyriacou is catching up with the 2021 participants in IV Next, an educational travel program for young Orthodox Christians that keeps the focus on Faith.

Armed with Faith is a weekly program focused on ways to serve our Youth and bring them to a better understanding of Christ and His Church. Watch more of this program and other myOCN Community Events recorded programs anytime.

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#15 Ionian Village with Alexandra Manolis

Alexandra Manolis‘s passion and belief in Orthodox Christian camping programs is long held and multidimensional. She has experienced Ionian Village in multiple stages of her life, including as a camper, staff member, and parent of campers.

Alexandra is a lifelong member of Cathedral of the Ascension in Oakland, California and has served the Church in multiple roles at the parish, Metropolis and Archdiocesan level. Her background is in public relations, marketing, event planning, fundraising/stewardship and communications in both the private and non-profit sectors.

#14 Mental Wellness with Yianna Papadeas

Yianna Papadeas was born & raised in Denver, Colorado. She then went on to live in Chicago while pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from Loyola University Chicago.

She moved to Southern California at the start of 2021 & is now practicing as a Psychiatric Registered Nurse. She has previous experience working in an inpatient residential facility, & now works in an inpatient behavioral health hospital.

Yianna is an active member of the Greek Orthodox community, participating in many different ministries. She has been a former staff member at St. Sophia Camp in California, Fanari Camp in Wisconsin, & Ionian Village. She is also the chair of the San Francisco Metropolis’s newest initiative “YAL In Your Backyard.” She loves to travel, play basketball, play piano, & Cretan dance.

#13 Youth Ministry

#12 Youth Discussion – God’s Will with Lucas Paris

Lucas Paris (18) is currently a freshman in college attending Grand Canyon University: “I try my best to call myself an Orthodox Christian amidst the struggles of daily life. I have been helping out with GOYA locally in Scottsdale, as well as being involved within the Greek dance.”

#11 Youth Discussion – Who is Gen Z?

#10 Youth Discussion – The Gospel of the Good Samaritan

#9 Panos Coufos, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

#8 Perry Skaggs, Camp Director at Saint Sophia Camp

#7 Perry Skaggs, Camp Director at Saint Sophia Camp

#6 Fr. Nicholas Andruchow


In 2011 Fr. Nicholas Andruchow and his family moved to Tijuana in order to be the full-time priest of the St. Innocent Orthodox Orphanage and Project Mexico. His path leading to ministering through this pan-orthodox organization began decades previously in a life being guided by the Lord. Fr. Nicholas was raised in the Russian Orthodox Church growing up in Worcester, Massachusetts. After finishing his undergraduate degree in Restaurant Administration at Widener University, he joined the United States Peace Corps and served the impoverished for 2 & ½ years. In the solitude of the jungle of the Caribbean he found Christ as an adult and began his active pursuit of a life solely dedicated to the Lord. Shortly after finishing his tour in 1994 he was asked by Project Mexico to lead their business development program at the Orphanage. He worked for them for three years running their onsite pig farm and training the orphan boys in basic entrepreneurial skills. During that time he married his wife, Merilynn Kouris a Cretan from Salt Lake City, and started their family living two of the three years at the Orphanage. In completion of his time with the orphanage Fr. Nicholas began his studies for the priesthood at St. Vladimir’s seminary in New York. In graduating from seminary Fr. Nicholas was assigned to the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox mission parish of Flagstaff, Arizona. There he served for 9 & ½ years creating a full liturgical and parish community prepared to purchase a facility, which would be the permanent home for the faithful in that part of the country. In this time he was approached by Project Mexico to serve as the spiritual director for the only Orthodox Orphanage in North America. After much prayer and contemplation, Fr. Nicholas and his family, through the blessing of the Greek Orthodox hierarch, left parish life to serve the little ones in this trouble part of the world. This past June Fr. Nicholas was hired to be the Executive Director of Project Mexico and is now charged to lead this missionary organization for the next decade.

#5: Tracey Yokas (Part 2)

#4: Tracey Yokas (Part 1)

Tracey Yokas creates stuff. When she isn’t writing about mental health and wellness, she can be found playing with paint, glitter, and glue. Art fuels her passion for connection. She shares about her family’s journey with mental illness so others will know they are not alone and that hope is real. She is dedicated to supporting women in the journey towards authenticity, and fulfills her mission by creating safe spaces where art, words, and vulnerability meet in a dynamic, supportive community. Tracey earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology from California Lutheran University and lives in Newbury Park, CA, with her family, cats, and fish. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @traceyyokas or on her website at www.traceyyokascreates.com.

#3: Dr. Eve Tibbs

Dr. Eve (Paraskevè) Tibbs is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California where she has taught since 2005.  She holds a Ph.D. in Theology with a minor in Church History and an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, both from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Dr. Tibbs has served as Chair of the Eastern Orthodox Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion, is currently the Ministry Lead for Christian Education in the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, and serves as a member the Metropolis Council.  Dr. Tibbs attends Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, CA. where she serves as a Chantor and Choir Director, and Chair of the Sunday Church School Board.  She and her husband, Steve, have been blessed with three daughters, three sons-in-law, and eight adorable grandchildren.

#2: Dr. Christine G. Zeppos

Dr. Christine G. Zeppos has served 25 years in university administration and is an expert in the areas of Transformational Leadership & Change Management, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, and Accreditation & Law of Higher Education. Her vast accreditation experience and expertise led her to be appointed as the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Commissioner in Sacramento representing all CA private universities (e.g., Stanford, USC, Loyola Marymount, etc.). As Dean of Brandman University, Chapman System’s School of Education, she led the development of the now highly regarded doctoral program focusing on transformational leadership and change which produces ethical and trusted leaders who are able to transform their organizations through collaboration, inclusion, creativity, innovation, strategic thinking and positive influence. The graduates of this interdisciplinary program are highly successful P-12, higher education, health care, law enforcement, business and governmental leaders. Dr. Zeppos is currently the President of the private consulting firm, Transformational Leadership, LLC, which offers support to CEO’s, College Presidents, and Superintendents in the areas of Transformational Leadership & Change Management, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Instructional Technology, and Accreditation.

#1: Michelle Moujaes, Executive Director of Faithtree

 

Michelle Moujaes is the founder and Executive Director of Faithtree Resources, a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, California. Faithtree creates resources to help Orthodox Christians learn and live the Faith.

After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Social Work and Community Organizing, including coursework emphasis on theology and organizing communities of faith, she began working for a variety of agencies including: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Monster.com’s Making it Count Program, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and the Easter Seals School for Children with Autism. She has led in a variety of roles within the Orthodox Christian Church including as the New England Regional Youth Director for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the Metropolitan Committee Chair in Los Angeles for International Orthodox Christian Charities, a member of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s National Board of Directors, Founding Chair of St. Elijah Orthodox Church elementary school programming in
Oklahoma City, among others.

Michelle is happily married to the kindest man in the universe, Waleed, and together they have four children, Dimitri, Alexander, Jonah and Sabine. When she’s not speaking or creating content for Faithtree Resources, you might find her speaking internationally on the topic of autism and interventions for adults and children with Extraordinary Needs, or volunteering at St. Michael Church, the home parish she and her family attend.

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  • Father Gary serves the Metropolis of San Francisco as the Pastor of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (February 2021) and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as the Director of Ionian Village (November 2019). Prior to serving the Metropolis of San Francisco, Fr. Gary served the parish of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, California. Camarillo is in Ventura County, which is just outside of Los Angeles. He has been married to Christina since July 6, 1997. After their honeymoon they moved to Brookline, MA for Gary to pursue his Masters of Divinity. There Christie gave birth to the couple’s two boys Haralambos (Feb. 2000) and Iakovos (March 2001). Fr. Gary Kyriacou was ordained to the Deaconate on May 27, 2001 and then to the Priesthood on September 9, 2001. Fr. Gary was the assistant to Fr. Tom Paris at the Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, Ca from June 2001- July 2004. On August 1, 2004 he was assigned to serve the faithful of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, Ca. In 2004 the devoted community purchased 4.1 acres in the center of Camarillo and began to raise money to build a new structure. In 2013 the Ground-Breaking Ceremony took place for the St. Demetrios Agape Building. The Agape Building, a two story edifice with a chapel, reception hall, conference room, offices and classrooms was completed in 2015. St. Demetrios celebrated the Thyranoixia (Door Opening Ceremony) on May 31, 2015 and the new building was permanently occupied in July 2015. Fr. Gary also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Metropolis of San Francisco Greek Orthodox Greek Dance and Choral Festival. Here he enjoys gathering the Youth of the Metropolis and sharing with the them importance of our Faith and Culture. In 2008 Pres. Christina gave birth to their little girl, Eleni Kay Kyriacou. The family of five loves living in Ventura County. They like going to the beach, Dodger games, and the movies. They enjoy In-n-Out Cheeseburgers and playing Apples to Apples. Fr. Gary studied Film Production at California State University, Northridge with an emphasis in Screenwriting. Prior to answering his calling to ministry he wanted to be a film producer and screenwriter. He worked on a few films and television shows before earning his Masters of Divinity in May of 2001.


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Fr. Gary Kyriacou

Father Gary serves the Metropolis of San Francisco as the Pastor of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (February 2021) and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as the Director of Ionian Village (November 2019). Prior to serving the Metropolis of San Francisco, Fr. Gary served the parish of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, California. Camarillo is in Ventura County, which is just outside of Los Angeles. He has been married to Christina since July 6, 1997. After their honeymoon they moved to Brookline, MA for Gary to pursue his Masters of Divinity. There Christie gave birth to the couple’s two boys Haralambos (Feb. 2000) and Iakovos (March 2001). Fr. Gary Kyriacou was ordained to the Deaconate on May 27, 2001 and then to the Priesthood on September 9, 2001. Fr. Gary was the assistant to Fr. Tom Paris at the Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, Ca from June 2001- July 2004. On August 1, 2004 he was assigned to serve the faithful of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, Ca. In 2004 the devoted community purchased 4.1 acres in the center of Camarillo and began to raise money to build a new structure. In 2013 the Ground-Breaking Ceremony took place for the St. Demetrios Agape Building. The Agape Building, a two story edifice with a chapel, reception hall, conference room, offices and classrooms was completed in 2015. St. Demetrios celebrated the Thyranoixia (Door Opening Ceremony) on May 31, 2015 and the new building was permanently occupied in July 2015. Fr. Gary also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Metropolis of San Francisco Greek Orthodox Greek Dance and Choral Festival. Here he enjoys gathering the Youth of the Metropolis and sharing with the them importance of our Faith and Culture. In 2008 Pres. Christina gave birth to their little girl, Eleni Kay Kyriacou. The family of five loves living in Ventura County. They like going to the beach, Dodger games, and the movies. They enjoy In-n-Out Cheeseburgers and playing Apples to Apples. Fr. Gary studied Film Production at California State University, Northridge with an emphasis in Screenwriting. Prior to answering his calling to ministry he wanted to be a film producer and screenwriter. He worked on a few films and television shows before earning his Masters of Divinity in May of 2001.

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