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Clergy

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Rev. Fr. Anthony Cook, Presiding Priest

Father Anthony Cook was born in Flagstaff, AZ and is the eldest of eight children.  He attended Hillsdale College and received his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies with Departmental Honors. He converted to the Orthodox faith in 2001, and upon his graduation from Hillsdale College, he received the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit to attend Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He received his Master of Divinity degree in 2007 with academic honors and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on July 29, 2007, by Metropolitan Nicholas.

​Fr. Anthony is married to Presvytera Elisabeth, and they are blessed with two sons, Justin and Demetrios, and a daughter, Emma.


Father Anthony served as the Assistant Priest at the Assumption Church in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. He served as the Presiding Priest of the Annunciation Church in Rochester, New York; of Annunciation Church in Memphis, Tennessee; and for the past eight years, of Saint George Church in Southgate, Michigan. In all parishes, he has worked to improve the understanding and appreciation of the Church's traditional Byzantine Music, working with any interested to help them serve the Church from the chant stand and choir.

 

Fr. Anthony can be contacted by email: franthony@daytonannunciation.org.
 


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Metropolitan Nicholas

Metropolitan Nicholas was born in Glens Falls, New York in 1953 to Emmanuel and Calliope Pissare. Metropolitan Nicholas' family also includes two brothers and a sister. When the family lived in Glens Falls, they belonged to the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Schenectady, New York.

 

Today, Metropolitan Nicholas' family resides in Denver, Colorado.Metropolitan Nicholas worked in public health for ten years in Denver, where he was active in the life of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral. In 1983, he joined the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver, working as an assistant to Bishop Philip of Daphnous, who was serving as locum tenens of the Diocese. Later, he served Bishop Anthimos of Denver as an assistant. In 1990, he formally began his service in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as Administrative Assistant to Bishop Maximos.

Metropolitan Nicholas was ordained as a Deacon on July 6th, 1991 by Bishop Maximos at the Annunciation Church in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Maximos and co-celebrant Bishop Philip at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver, Colorado on July 13th, 1991. He was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite on the same day, based on his years of service to the Church.

He served as Chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh from 1991 to 1995 and was Chancellor of the Diocese of Detroit from 1996 to 1997. Archbishop Spyridon then assigned him to the parish of Holy Cross in Brooklyn, New York in August 1997. In Brooklyn, Metropolitan Nicholas initiated innovative programs in the parish such as Fair Share Stewardship and the Inquiry Class for parishioners and engaged couples. He also started a Brownies Girl Scout Troop, started the Children's Liturgical Choir of the Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis Parochial School, and helped rebuild the parochial school's library.

Metropolitan Nicholas was elected as the Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit by the Holy and Sacred Synod of Constantinople on Saturday, March 13, 1999. He was consecrated as Bishop on the Saturday of Lazarus, April 3, 1999, at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Brooklyn, New York by Archbishop Spyridon, who was assisted by Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh and Bishop Dimitri of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese. His Enthronement took place on Sunday, April 18, 1999 at the Annunciation Cathedral in Detroit, MI.

Metropolitan Nicholas has also served the Greek Orthodox Church as a member of the Archdiocesan Council, member of the Stewardship Commission of the Archdiocese, board member of the St. Michael's Home for the Aged, and as a member of the Archdiocesan District Spiritual Court.

In 2002, His Eminence was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan by the Holy and Sacred Synod of Constantinople. This appointment came after the Holy and Sacred Synod of Constantinople elevated the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit. The Metropolis of Detroit has direct spiritual authority, supervision, and pastoral care over its clergy and parishes in seven states, including all of Michigan, Kentucky, and Arkansas, and parts of Indiana, upstate New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Through his years of service at all levels to the Greek Orthodox Church, his educational background, and his deep and longstanding commitment to the Church, Metropolitan Nicholas has served, and continues to serve, a successful hierarchical ministry in the Metropolis of Detroit.

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Rev. Deacon Jonathan McClish

Reverend Deacon Jonathan McClish was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He graduated with his Bachelor of Religious Studies in 2011 from Hellenic College and his Master of Divinity in 2015 from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

 

Deacon Jonathan worked as a Pastoral Assistant in both Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Nashville, Tennessee, where he met his wife, Elyse. In September 2019, Deacon Jonathan became the Pastoral Assistant at Annunciation Church in Dayton, Ohio as a Pastoral Assistant. One year later, in September 2020, he and Elyse were married at Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, Illinois, Elyse’s childhood parish. Deacon Jonathan continued in his role as Pastoral Assistant until his ordination to the Holy Diaconate on September 4, 2021. Deacon Jonathan also loves helping at camp programs around the Archdiocese working at Orthodox Camps for summer sessions as well as retreats for the last decade.

 

Deacon Jonathan and Elyse currently reside in Centerville, Ohio. 

To contact Deacon Jonathan, email jonathan.mcclish@daytonannunciation.org.

Priests who have served the Annunciation Parish:

2022-present Fr. Anthony Cook

August 2021-January 2022 Father Bill Bartz (Interim Presiding Priest)

2016-2021 Father Joseph Gingrich

2003-2016 Father Mark Emroll

2001-2002 Father Dean Nastos

1985-2001 Father Stratton Dorozenski

1975-1984 Father Jerry Tasikas

1968-2002 Father George Hiotis (Retired Associate Priest)

1950-1975 Father Philemon Payiatis

1950 Father Papagianakopoulos

1939-1950 Father Meletios Kestekides

1939 Father Nickolas Hronides

1937-1939 Father Nickolas Aslanides

1933-1937 Father John Vournakis

1932-1933 Father Nick Spiliotis

1930-1932 Father George Evrotas

1924-1930 Father Vasilios Avromopoulos

1924 Father John Pappatheofrasiou

1922 Father Lazarus Stefanou

1921 Father Germanos Papayionous