BIOGRAPHY

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across the United States of America and beyond.

As founder, host, and executive director of the Orthodox Christian Network and the “Come Receive the Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherded a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to over 3 million people in more than 180 countries.

A nationally known radio personality, in January 2006 Fr. Christopher co-hosted the groundbreaking, internationally televised Epiphany Celebration of Tarpon Springs, Florida with a team of professionals from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, presided over by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and seen on the Hallmark Channel. He was also featured in a 2012 television broadcast on TLC entitled “4 Weddings.”

In May 2014, he offered the live English commentary from Rome via Radio Vaticanna and EWTN for the worldwide televised broadcast of the historic meeting of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem. On November 2014, he returned to Rome to provide the English commentary on a second Radio Vaticanna/EWTN worldwide televised broadcast, this time on the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul in celebration of the Feast Day of St Andrew.

In the summer of 2017 he was invited to offer the live commentary for the broadcast of the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy during the Great and Holy Council meeting on the island of Crete, which was the first such conference or gathering of Orthodox Hierarchs from around the world that had taken place in over 1000 years.

In addition to his work in media, Fr. Christopher had been the pastor of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, since 1990. He ministered to a growing flock of more than 500 families while reaching out to the south Florida community. The parish is known for its progressive spirit and strong commitment to Christ.

In June of 2015 he was unanimously elected from a candidate pool of over 40 to serve as the President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology a position he held until 2019. He was responsible for the overall operations of the School, including extensive worldwide travel, fund raising and teaching two courses, Teleturgics and Parish Administration.

Fr. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hellenic College of Brookline, Massachusetts, a Master of Divinity Studies Degree from Brookline’s Holy Cross School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Fr. Christopher has also studied extensively at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. His dedication to the family unit motivated Fr. Christopher to be certified as a Family Mediator by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida.

He has served the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese as Representative to the United Nations and United States Missions; Assistant Priest St. Demetrios Cathedral, Astoria, NY; Dean of the Assumption Cathedral in Denver, CO; Pastor of the Archangel Michael Church, Roslyn, NY; Director and Dean of Admissions of the Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology; member of the Archdiocesan Council; President of the Archdiocesan Presbyter’s Council for two consecutive terms; and council member of the Metropolis of Denver and the Metropolis of Atlanta.

He served as Vicar of the South Florida Conference from 1998-2011. He was elevated by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios to the rank of Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the blessings of the Holy and Sacred Synod, the highest honor bestowed on a married clergyman.

Fr. Christopher and his late wife Presbytera Georgia (Mitsos), have six children and three grandchildren.