The Team at the DAD Youth Office
Fr. Panagiotis Papazafiropoulos, Youth Director
Fr. Panagiotis Papazafiropoulos comes from Astoria, NY, the Greek Capital of the world outside of Greece! He received his undergraduate from New York University with a degree in pre-med and a minor in Economics. After he completed his undergraduate studies, he decided to pursue a degree in Theology from the University of Athens while simultaneously enrolled and taking classes at St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary in Scarsdale, NY. Fr. Panagiotis was appointed as Youth Director of the Direct Archdiocesan District by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios in 2014. He was ordained to the Diaconate in May of 2014 and the Presbyterate on January of 2018. One of his responsibilities, and honors, is to oversee and be a part of the Camping Ministry of the Direct Archdiocesan District Youth Office, Camp Saint Paul.
Alexandros Avgeris, Assistant Director
Alexandros comes from Long Island, New York. He is part of the community at Saint Demetrios Church in Merrick, New York. He received his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Hellenic College Holy Cross in 2016 and just completed his Masters of Divinity in May of 2018. (Can anyone say, "Yay...No more papers!?") Alexandros was recently appointed as the Assistant Youth Director of the Direct Archdiocesan District and is honored to be able to serve the Church in this capacity. In his sparetime, he enjoys reading, writing and cooking. Alexandros has a talent to simultaneously whip up the best cheesecake you’ve ever eaten while making the largest mess. He looks forward to serving our Youth this summer at Camp Saint Paul, and is honored to be a part of such a spiritually fruitful and inspiring ministry.
Michael Sellas, Assistant Director
Born in the vast city of New York, Michael has had the blessing of being nourished by several welcoming parishes of the New York area including Zoodohos Peghe of the Bronx, Annunciation of New York City, and Church of Our Saviour of Rye. Having graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a degree in Music Theory and Composition, Michael went on to undertake a Masters of the Theological Studies in Holy Cross Seminary of Boston. His God-given talents have allowed him to serve the Church in various capacities, offering time and talent wherever possible. This his fifth year attending the beautiful ministry of Camp Saint Paul, and if the Lord allows, many more. Needless to say, the thrill of the natural environment, the love emanating from staff and campers, and the depth of Orthodox spirituality offered, fosters the his perpetual zeal for the ministry! On his spare time Michael enjoys competitive table tennis, reading various literature, and sharing his time with dear friends and family while exploring the beautiful faith we have the blessing of being a part of!