Fr. John Sakellariou
Phone: (231) 799-0185
Fr. John was born in 1982 in Cincinnati, OH, the first of two sons to the late Zaharias and Eleni (Boustalis)Sakellariou. Upon his graduation from high school in 2000, Fr. John attended the University of Cincinnati where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Technology in 2006. Soon after graduation, Fr. John was employed in the Information Technology division of the Kroger Corporation. In 2010, Fr. John left the Kroger Corporation in order to attend Holy Cross School of Theology. While in seminary and after graduation, John had the opportunity to work for the Archdiocese’s Department of Internet Ministries. In May of 2014 he completed his Masters of Divinity with Distinction at Holy Cross School of Theology. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate at Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, OH on November 17th, 2014. On the following week, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Buffalo, NY. Before coming to Muskegon, Fr. John served as an assistant priest in Buffalo for three years.
Fr. John and his wife Pavlina have two sons, Zaharias and Constantine.
The Very Rev. Father Basil Aden
The Very Rev. Father Basil Aden is a retired archpriest of the Diocese of the Midwest [Orthodox Church of America (OCA)], now living in North Muskegon with his wife Sandra. He has served as Mission Director of the Diocese of the Midwest and as priest in charge of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Rockford, IL, as well as several other parishes and mission churches. He is now serving on the Stewardship Commission of the Carpatho-Russian Diocese, centered in Johnstown, PA.
Father Aden earned the degrees of Master in Theology and Doctor of Ministry from the University of Chicago Divinity School and served as a Lutheran pastor for twenty-five years before being received into the Orthodox Church in 1998. He has taught Religious Studies at Rock Valley College and authored a textbook introduction to the study of religion in the contemporary world. He continues to do research and writing on current issues of religion and society.
His wife, Sandra, is a retired librarian. They have a son, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren living in the Grand Rapids area, with another son living in Indianapolis. They enjoy their family, the outdoors, reading, and trips, especially to Arizona in the winter.