We received word this week that Father Joshua Pappas will be assuming his role as Proistamenos (Presiding Priest) of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, effective October 1, 2019.

Fr. Joshua was raised primarily in a suburb of Minneapolis and attended college in North Carolina at Davidson, where he studied religion and economics. After graduating in 2008, he worked for three years at Liberty Mutual in White Plains, NY while continuing to discern a call to ministry that began in college. In 2011, he left Liberty Mutual to pursue a Master of Divinity at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA.

In 2014, he married Joanna Lialios who hails from Glenview, a northern suburb of Chicago. Holding a master’s in education and having taught high school for several years, Presbytera Joanna taught at a private Catholic school while Fr. Joshua finished his final year of seminary. Upon graduation from Holy Cross in 2015, Fr. Joshua and Prebytera Joanna moved to Thessaloniki where they spent 10 months learning the language and soaking up the spirituality and culture of Greece. Since that time he has served as at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church of Port Washington, NY.

We look forward to welcoming him and his family to our Grand Rapids Orthodox community!