Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
It is a blessing to have you in our community. We at Saint Nektarios are striving to be a Christ-centered community, living our lives and worshipping in a way pleasing to our Lord. So it is truly in His love and joy that we welcome you. We thank Him for your presence and for the opportunity to serve you. It is our sincere hope that you feel welcomed to worship with us as often as you like and that you will consider joining our Saint Nektarios family. You will be an asset to all of us as we strive to know and love our Lord and each other more perfectly through fellowship and prayer. Loving God and our neighbor is not only our dream and our vision, but it is our Lord’s commandment. Won’t you join us? We can all grow in this vision together.
May our Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones now and always.
In His Love and Service,
+The Clergy of St. Nektarios Church
Father Andreas Houpos
Fr. Andreas began his ministry as proïstamenos (head pastor) here at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in October of 2020. Prior to this, he served as the third of three presbyters at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Flushing, NY. It was there he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in June 2017 by His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, and in July 2017 to the Holy Presbyterate by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron (Elder) of America.
From 2014 to 2017, he served as Pastoral Assistant at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore, MD. He is a 2014 graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (M.Div.; Cert. Byzantine Music). His undergraduate studies were in Philosophy and Religion at Christopher Newport University (B.A., 2002).
Fr. Andreas is a native of Portsmouth, VA; his home parish is the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Norfolk. He and Presbytera Meredyth were wed there in 2005.
Fr. Andreas is a board member of The Liturgical Arts Academy, and has served as its chaplain since 2018. He does translations of ecclesiastical literature (liturgical and non-liturgical) from Greek to English. His areas of interest are liturgy, liturgics, ecclesiastical arts (music, iconography, architecture, textiles, etc.), and spiritual formation.
Father Nektarios Karantonis
Fr. Nektarios is a graduate of Hellenic College ('12) and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology ('15). He served as Pastoral Assistant and Youth Director in two other communities until his diaconate ordination on November 9, 2018. Father Nektarios began his ministry at St. Nektarios in the summer of 2019 and was ordained to the priesthood on July 21, 2019.
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Father Steve Dalber - Retired
Fr. Steve received his Master of Divinity degree in May 1994, and was ordained on December 4, 1994. From the time of his ordination through May 1995, he served at Saint George Cathedral in Manchester, New Hampshire. Fr. Steve then served as Assistant Priest and Youth Director at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Newport News, Virginia, until October 1998, when he joined the St. Nektarios community in Charlotte.