Very Reverend Father George Kevorkian
Father George Kevorkian was born in Brooklyn, New York and was baptized in St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, taking the baptized name George. He attended St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn for 34 years, serving in many capacities both locally, and on a regional level.
In 1987 he and his family became members of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Little Falls, New Jersey. He served as Advisor to the Eastern Region Teens from 1996 to 2004. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1996 and to the priesthood on Palm Sunday, April 8th, 2001, and was elevated to the dignity of Archpriest in 2011. In 2002, he earned a Masters degree in Applied Orthodox Theology from the University of Balamand in cooperation with the Antiochian House of Studies. His thesis was entitled “An Orthodox Christian Pastoral Approach
to Counseling Depression.” He has conducted numerous Orthodox Christian workshops on subjects such as Pastoral Communications, Church History, Moral and Ethical issues, and Growth in Spirituality.
In addition to his Theology degree, Fr. George holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, which were earned in 1974. He has worked as a software engineer from 1974 to 2002. He currently serves as the pastor of St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Florida, New York. He and his wife Khourieh Hend Kevorkian were married in 1976, and they have two sons, Daniel (and his wonderful wife Ashley), and Christopher (and his wonderful wife Shannon), a grandson Steven, and a three granddaughters Hanneh, Elena, and Ava.
Deacon Christopher McCoy was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. Coming to the Orthodox faith from a Protestant background, he and his family converted to Orthodoxy at All Saints Orthodox Church in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 24th, 2008 (Third Saturday of Pascha). Prior to his ordination, Dn. Christopher served the faithful of the Holy Orthodox Church as a subdeacon, parish council member, chanter, reader, acolyte mentor, and Sunday school teacher. He has called three parishes home – All Saints Orthodox Church in Raleigh, North Carolina (2008-2011 and 2016-2019), All Saints Orthodox Church in Salina, Kansas (2014-2016), and Saint Ignatius Orthodox Church in Florida, New York (2011-2014 and 2019-present).
Dn. Christopher was ordained to the Holy Diaconate at the hand of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph on October 11th, 2020, the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council. In addition to serving the faithful of Saint Ignatius Orthodox Church, Dn. Christopher teaches Servant Leadership at Saint Athanasius College.
Dn. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, and Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. Additionally, he is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Missouri and a credentialed Envision® Sustainability Professional with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.
Dn. Christopher is also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army with over 25 years of active duty service. He enlisted as a private in the Army on June 6th , 1995 and has served in numerous locations in the U.S. and abroad, and at varying levels of leadership from individual squad member to the commander of a 1000-plus soldier organization. He has two combat deployments – a 14-month tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and a 15-month tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is currently a professor at the U.S. Military Academy teaching civil engineering and developing leaders of character for the Army and the Nation. He and his wife, Shamassy Stephanie, were married on July 19th, 2002. They have two sons, Gabriel and Michael.
Subdeacon John Siemerling
Subdeacon John was born in Whitestone, New York and was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church at Saint Luke’s Catholic Church. He started his career of service by volunteering at Whitestone Community Volunteer Ambulance corporation for six years. He became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) within six months of joining, and made himself available during the days and weekends to help the sick and injured of Whitestone and the surrounding community by treating and transporting to the local hospitals of Queens, New York. In 1998, he graduated from LaGuardia Community College as a Paramedic to work in New York City for New York Presbyterian Hospital. For the next 18 years, until 2015, Sdn. John served the communities of Inwood Heights, Washington Heights and Harlem as a Paramedic.
Sdn. John married his beautiful wife Androniki on July 13, 2013, and was introduced to the Orthodox faith through her family. His wife having been raised in the Greek Orthodox Christian Church since birth, changed their way of life. During Holy Week of 2016, they wished to attend services at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Middletown, but their truck’s transmission broke down and they had no immediate transportation. Through Gods providence in this event, they discovered Saint Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church right in their home community of Florida, NY. The first service they attended was Holy Wednesday and they have been home ever since. Sdn. John fell in love the incredible family at St. Ignatius along with singing and chanting of the ancient faith. Through his journey, he discovered Orthodoxy is not just a religion, but a way of life.
Sdn. John was blessed to serve as Subdeacon by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph on October 11th, 2020, the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council. In addition to serving the faithful of Saint Ignatius Orthodox Church, he serves the Floirda, NY community by coordinating food donations for the Florida Food Pantry. He and Androniki have one son, Charlie, who serves as an acolyte as well.
Reader Kenneth Kwak
Reader Kenneth was born in Passaic, New Jersey and grew up in a working-class town in Bergen County where he was exposed to multi-ethnic cultures. Rdr. Kenneth's neighborhood had (primarily Slavs) Polish, Slovak and Carpatho-Russians who came from Slovakia, Hungary and parts of Poland. Each one provided a healthy exposure to their traditions, languages as well as mixture of Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions, all living together.
Rdr. Kenneth grew up in a Polish Roman Catholic family. However, he was exposed to the Orthodox faith at a very young age by his childhood sitter, an Orthodox woman who took him to church with her on a regular basis. The Orthodox parish he attended as a child was only one block away from where he lived. As a young man, Rdr. Kenneth was befriended by the local Russian Orthodox priest who taught him about the Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Church. As a young man, Rdr. Kenneth visited many Orthodox Christian parishes with his sitter and her two sons, a priest and subdeacon. These visits often included social visits with many Orthodox clergy.
Rdr. Kenneth and his wife Mary are founding members of Holy Spirit Orthodox Church (OCA) in Wantage, New Jersey. While at Holy Spirit, he served as a member of the parish council for over twenty years and was involved in various projects and committees. He also attended a Ukranian minor seminary where he studied church history, theology, liturgy, and philosophy. Rdr. Kenneth served as the head sacristan responsible for preparing the vesting table and cleaning the sanctuary. In 2015, Rdr. Kenneth and Mary joined the Saint Ignatius community. Rdr. Kenneth was tonsured a reader by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph on October 11th, 2020.
After graduating from regular college with a B.A. degree in history and social sciences, Rdr. Kenneth earned a license from New York State in secondary education. He also volunteered to work with emotionally challenged youth while in college.
Rdr. Kenneth spent fourteen years working in municipal government retiring as Director of Purchasing, Wayne Township, NJ. He and Mary were married in 1968. They have 2 sons, Kenneth and Gregory, and 5 grandchildren.