Our Clergy and Staff

Our Clergy and Pastoral Staff

 

Rev. Fr. Sampson N. Kasapakis

Rev. Fr. Sampson Kasapakis, originally from Chicago, IL, graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Chemistry, Biology & Leadership Achievement. He met his wife, Presvytera Mallory, during his time at the University of Central Florida and now they have three wonderful children Sophia, Christos, and Evangelia. Fr Sampson enjoys time at the beach, all sports but most importantly football, and fishing.

Fr. Sampson is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and after graduation served as the Youth Director & Pastoral Assistant at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. On September 14th, 2015 Fr. Sampson was ordained to the Holy Priesthood  and assigned to his first assignment as the Efimerios at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Tarpon Springs, FL.  After serving St. Nicholas Cathedral for 5 years, he served the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Pensacola, FL as the Proistamenos, Lead Pastor. Fr. Sampson is currently serving as the Proistamenos, Lead Pastor of our St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.

In addition to his service to our St. Stefanos community, Fr. Sampson serves the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta Ministries as a member of the Religious Education Committee, the Clergy Representative of the Hellenic College Holy Cross Alumni Board, the Week 5 Director of St. Stephens Camp and as the Hellenic Dance Festival Associate Director. 

 

 

Staff Member

Rev. Deacon John Pantelis

Rev. Deacon John was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on May 13, 2012 by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Port Richey, FL. Deacon John completed his diaconate training in August 2011 at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in the Special Program for the Diaconate. The Program trains men who are called to serve our Lord and His Holy Church as deacons on a permanent basis.

Deacon John and Diakonissa Amy moved to Florida in 2005 and joined St. Stefanos as parishioners in 2006. Deacon John served on the Parish Council for 2 years (2007-2008) after serving as an usher in 2006. Diakonissa Amy also served as an usher from 2006 through 2008 and has been singing in the choir since 2009.

Deacon John is a self-employed Civil Engineer and holds registration as a Professional Engineer in seven states. He earned BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Diakonissa Amy is an Osteopathic Physician (D.O., Ohio University) and is a Corporate Medical Director for Wellcare Health Systems in Tampa. Because deacons are primarily in service to their bishop or Metropolitan, Rev. Deacon John was ordained for the Annunciation Cathedral of the Metropolis of Atlanta and has been assigned to regular duties as a pastoral assistant at St. Stefanos. 

 

Melissa Tsongranis,  Director of Parish and Ministry Operations – E Mail

Melissa Tsongranis has worked extensively with children and their families for over 30 years. She received her BA in Child Development from Sacramento State University as well as a post graduate credential in Early Childhood Special Education. She worked in the field of early intervention for over 10 years. During that time, she was actively involved with the summer camp ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. She combined her passion for child development with her love of the Orthodox Church and was employed by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese for almost 20 years, helping to found the Center for Family Care. She lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida with her husband and their 13-year-old son.

Bill Stringer, Campus Maintenance 

 

Our Hierarchs

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros
His Eminence Metropolitan Savas
His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios