Father Demetrios Gardikes
Father Dean Kokanos
Father Demetrios Gardikes, Cathedral Dean
?My Little Children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.?(1 John 3:18)
Welcome to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Columbus, Ohio Website! If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, this website will acquaint you with our parish. To members of the cathedral, this is your website. We hope you will make full use of it and the various technologies the Annunciation offers to enrich your relationship with the church
I look forward to getting to know you. If we have not met, allow me to introduce myself as I offer a brief autobiographical sketch:
I was born on August 3, 1966, the middle child of my parents, Dr. John (Blessed Memory) and Helen Gardikes. We attended the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio and have been active members since the early 1970?s. Over the years, my family and I have participated in various organizations and responsibilities: i.e. parish council, Annual Greek Festivals, Philoptochos, GOYA, choir, and acolyte. I grew up in an environment with good morals, values and love.
I entered Ohio State University in 1985 and graduated with a Bachelor?s degree in Business Administration in 1989. After graduation, I took a position with a major corporation as a sales and marketing manager. The final position I held before going to seminary was as a national sales manager responsible for sales teams in North America as well as personally responsible for major corporate accounts.
On September 20, 1992, I was joined in the Sacrament of Marriage to my loving wife, (Sherri) Susanna Gardikes. The Lord blessed us with two wonderful boys, who are such a joy to our lives. My wife and I understand the importance of raising our children in a Christ-centered environment-- living the life of the Church.
After much consideration, prayer and guidance by our Spiritual Father, we believed the Lord was calling us to go to seminary. We began St. Vladimir?s Theological Seminary in the fall of 1998. In the spring of 2001, I graduated from the Masters of Divinity Program at St. Vladimir?s Theological Seminary. The following year, I was given the opportunity to participate in continuing studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. I was ordained to the Deaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan MAXIMOS of Pittsburgh on August 4th, 2001 at St. Gregory Palamas Monastery (Haysville, Ohio). My ordination to the Priesthood took place at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral; Columbus, Ohio on January 26th, 2002. Upon completing my studies at Holy Cross, I was assigned as associate pastor to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral beginning June 1st, 2002.
At the request of His Eminence in June of 2005, I was assigned as the presiding priest of St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Monessen, Pa. On December 12, 2008, the Feast of St Spyridon, His Eminence bestowed the honor of Stavrophoros Economos. Nine months later, I was assigned as the Dean of the Metropolis Cathedral in Pittsburgh. While at St Nicholas, I witnessed the retirement of our spiritual father, Metropolitan MAXIMOS and helped prepare for the enthronement of our now beloved Metropolitan SAVAS.
It is a privilege and honor to come full circle to the entrusted ministry at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral which began on the 100 year anniversary celebration, September 30, 2012.
The Mission as Dean:
The mission is to uphold the Great commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, ?to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit? (Mt. 28:19), teaching them to observe the commandments. Man?s vocation in Christ as far as his soul is concerned, is to bring the body and all of creation into relationship with God. My hope is to always do God?s will and be a vessel in whatever capacity. As a priest, I believe one must observe the needs of the community and then create situations to connect with the people. The hope is to teach and bring the remembrance of Christ into their hearts. Connections are made through the services, being present at meetings, functions, social activities, visitations, church organizations and creative situations, which give opportunity to preach the Gospel without discrimination. The opportunities to preach God?s will through pastoral instruction, guidance, and prayer are an offering a Priest makes with the hope that the Holy Spirit will bless the person(s) and/or situation(s) and they will come closer to God.
As you surf through the web site pages, I also hope that you will remember that the Christian community is like every other part of life. To paraphrase scripture, we reap what we sow. Therefore, the greater your involvement, commitment and support, the greater will be the benefit to you and our church. The greater your commitment and time to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the closer your relationship will be with Him. I look forward as we encourage one another to continually grow in the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the building up of His Church. Glory to You O Lord, Glory to You!
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Father Dean Kokanos, Associate Pastor
Bio coming soon!!!
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