Rev. Protopresbyter Anargyros Stavropoulos
Saint Athanasios Greek Church, Paramus, New Jersey
Rev. Protopresbyter Anargyros Stavropoulos was born and raised in Tripolis, Greece, the son of Protopresbyter Christos and Presbytera Sotiria Stavropoulos. At the age of 15, his calling to serve the Church brought him to the Greek island of Tinos, where he studied theology at the Ecclesiastical School of Tinos.
He came to the United States in 1976 to continue his education at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and religion and his Master of Divinity degree in 1982. During his studies, he held numerous field positions including lay assistant, chanter and Greek school teacher at the parishes of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Flushing, New York, and Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Weston, Massachusetts.
Father Anargyros continued his post graduate studies at Boston University, where he received his Master of Sacred Theology, concentrating on pastoral psychology and counseling. He also earned a certificate in clinical pastoral education at Massachusetts General Hospital’s School of Pastoral Education in Boston.
Father Anargyros was ordained to the diaconate in 1984 by his Eminence the late Metropolitan Theoklitos of Mantineia and Kynouria and to the priesthood in 1985 by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston. He was assigned to the parish of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he served for three years. In 1988, Father’s ministry brought him to the parish of Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, Illinois, where he faithfully served the Metropolis of Chicago for 16 years, including a special assignment on the Bishop’s Task Force on AIDS. In 1993, the office of Economos was bestowed upon him.
Father Anargyros was appointed Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey in 2004 by His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos, who bestowed upon him the office of Protopresbyter. Father Anargyros undertook his current assignment at Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Paramus, New Jersey, in 2008. Along with his pastoral duties, he serves as chairman of the Spiritual Court, chairman of the Religious Education Department and is a member of the Greek Education Committee and the Metropolitan Council.
Father is married to Presbytera Christina (Bregianos) and they share three children, Christos, Sotiria and Maria.