Fr 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)
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 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.
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.
In the spring of 2001, I graduated from the Masters of Divinity Program at St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary. I was ordained to the Deaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan MAXIMOS of Pittsburgh on August 4th, 2001 at St. Gregory Palamas Monastery (Haysville, Ohio), and to the Priesthood on January 26th, 2002 here at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbus. 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. Finally, 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.
Fr Christopher Zaferes
Fr Christopher Zaferes was raised in Syracuse, New York, and attended St Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, where his father served as Proistamenos for twelve years.
He graduated from Hellenic College in 2011. Two years later he continued his studies, and in 2017 received a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
Following graduation his wife, Sophia, and he moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he began serving as a Pastoral Assistant at Annunciation Cathedral. Shortly thereafter he was ordained to the diaconate at his father’s parish of Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, CA, by the hands of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco.
He was subsequently ordinated as a priest on March, 10th 2018 by His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, at Annunciation Cathedral in Columbus.
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, and to 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.
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!