Rev. Presbyter Andreas M. Papayiannis, Presiding Priest
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Father Andreas Maclean Papayiannis was appointed as the Ieratikos Proistamenos (Presiding Priest) of Dormition Greek Orthodox Church on February 1, 2016. Prior to this, he served as Parish Priest of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Father Andreas was ordained as a Deacon and as Priest by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston elevated him to the rank of Pnevmatikos (Spiritual Father).
Father Andreas was awarded a Master of Divinity degree, with High Distinction, by Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts, in May, 2012. Previously, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of Charleston, South Carolina. For thirteen years before Seminary, he worked in the field of corporate finance as a controller and financial analyst. But this isn't all Father has done: he has also worked as a tugboat deckhand, insurance underwriter, kitchen expeditor, and even ran his own BBQ smokehouse!
Father Andreas was born in southwestern Ontario to a European father and American mother. He was raised in Waterloo, Ontario where he graduated from Kitchener Collegiate Institute. While in high school, he served as a cadet with the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada. He was tonsured as a Reader at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church of Redondo Beach, California, and later, Father and his future Presvytera were married there. Fr. Andreas and Presvytera Mari have two children, Alexandra-Panagiota and Ioannis.
In August, 2009, Father Andreas “left the world” and went to seminary to begin his second career and true vocation. While a seminarian, Fr. Andreas was assigned to Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a Greek-speaking, historic community. There, he re-established GOYA and assisted the priest in pastoral and administrative duties. He also served an internship with the Chancellor of the Metropolis of Boston, where his responsibilities included Leadership Development and OCF coordination. After graduation from Holy Cross, Fr. Andreas served as Metropolitan Methodios's deacon.
Father Andreas has been honored by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky by being commissioned a Colonel and Aide-de-camp. To relax, Father enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, baking prosphora, reading, watching classic movies and shooting sports.