Rev. Fr. Joseph Gingrich was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the Greater Cincinnati Culinary Arts Academy in 1993 and did continuing education work at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. As a culinary artist and chef, Fr. Joseph worked in Cincinnati, Ocala, upstate New York, and New York City.
Fr. Joseph was baptized Orthodox on July 11, 2001. He is a graduate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Christ the Saviour Seminary and holds the Bachelor of Theology. He was ordained a priest on September 18, 2010. Before seminary, Fr. Joseph was blessed to live in two monastic communities which had a profound impact on his spiritual life and today play an essential role in his ministry.
In addition to parish ministry, Fr. Joseph has been involved in interfaith social service to the poor. He first did this in the lower east side of Manhattan. Fr. Joseph continues this work in the Dayton area through organizing and supporting various fundraisers for local charities through the parish. Fr. Joseph sees community outreach as an essential aspect of the future of our community. As such, bonds have made with local community and neighborhood organizations for the betterment of all involved.
Father Joseph was assigned Parish Priest of our Annunciation Church by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit on January 1, 2017.
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.
Priests who have served the Annunciation Parish:
1921 Father Germanos Papayionous
1922 Father Lazarus Stefanou
1924 Father John Pappatheofrasiou
1924-1930 Father Vasilios Avromopoulos
1930-1932 Father George Evrotas
1932-1933 Father Nick Spiliotis
1933-1937 Father John Vournakis
1937-1939 Father Nickolas Aslanides
1939 Father Nickolas Hronides
1939-1950 Father Meletios Kestekides
1950 Father Papagianakopoulos
1950-1975 Father Philemon Payiatis
1968-2002 Father George Hiotis (Retired Associate Priest)
1975-1984 Father Jerry Tasikas
1985-2001 Father Stratton Dorozenski
2001-2002 Father Dean Nastos
2003-2016 Father Mark Emroll
2016-Present Father Joseph Gingrich