History

Our VISION as Sts RNI Greek Orthodox Church is to grow as a family in Christ.

Our MISSION as a Greek Orthodox Church is to serve God and neighbor, strengthen the family and reach out to the community.

 

The first Greek Orthodox Liturgy in Forsyth County was held on February 22, 1997, at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Father Sebastian of the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta, conducted this first service. We continued to have one Saturday service per month through August, 1999. In addition to Father Sebastian, we were fortunate to have the services of Father Michael Kouremetis, Father Michael Eacarinos, both of the Cathedral and Father Petros Kopsahillis, Chancellor of the Diocese.

On Sunday, September 19, 1999, we had our first Sunday service at the Ivy League Montessori School in Cumming. Shortly thereafter, we moved to the Vickery Elementary School, Cumming, because of the need for more space and Father Petros again came to us to conduct our Sunday Service replacing Father Steven. It was at the Vickery Elementary School that Father Petros was replaced by Father Kenneth Anthony who became our Spiritual Leader.

About a year later we moved to our present location. Father Hans Jacobse came to us from Fort Myers, Florida, and took over as our Spiritual Leader on September 1, 2003.

On October 15, 1999, Bishop Alexios of Atlanta, declared our Community “A Canonical Greek Orthodox Mission Parish of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Atlanta Under Patronage of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene.”

By a letter dated May 11, 2000, Bishop Alexios, granted his …” Canonical Episcopal Permission and Blessings to Proceed With The Planned Purchase”… of our Church Property on Bethel View Road.

In June, 2004, Father Nick Spirakis, with 40 years in the priesthood, came to us from Myrtle Beach, SC, to lead our community in spiritual growth, along with Presbytera Maria.

In March, 2006, Father George Pallas, temporaily was assigned to our parish from Holy Transfiguration, Marietta, GA.

In June, 2006, Father James Berends serves as our first full time priest from Holy Trinity, Orlando, FL.

In August, 2010, Father Barnabas Powell began serving as our full time priest upon graduation from Holy Cross.

Contributed by Nick Panos

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