Speakers will posted as confirmed.
The Place of Gratitude in Youth Ministry
Fr. Alexander Goussetis
Rev. Alexander Goussetis serves as Director of the Center for Family Care. He is a graduate of Drexel University (B.S. in Accounting), Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (M.Div.), and Andover-Newton Theological School (D.Min. in Psychology and Pastoral Counseling). Prior to his appointment to the Center for Family Care, Fr. Alexander served more than twenty years as a parish priest, taught World Religion classes at the university level, and authored four books on Orthodox life and faith. His pastoral emphasis is making the Orthodox faith relevant for families in their everyday lives, and encouraging participation in all facets of our Holy Tradition. He is married to Presbytera Lisa, and they have three children – Julia, Nicholas, and Sophia.
First Group of Talks: Finding Gratitude
V. Rev. Stephen Loposky
Why be grateful for your ministry? How St. Paul did it – being grateful for everyone and everything.
Fr. Stephen was ordained to the holy priesthood on July 12, 1998 by His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos of blessed memory, the ruling hierarch of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA at that time.
He served as the parish priest for St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Corning, NY for 11 years before being assigned as the Administrator of Camp Nazareth in 2009. Camp Nazareth is the Youth Camp for the Carpatho-Russian Diocese.
Fr. Stephen was subsequently appointed as the Director of Youth for his Diocese. He lives at Camp Nazareth with his wife, Pani Daria, and their 4 children — Samuel, Joshua, Nicholas and Anna.
Characteristics of a grateful Youth/Camp Worker: Finding the Hidden Blessings in Your Ministry
Erin Ghata is a native Kansan who has spent the last ten years in Oklahoma. She served as the full-time parish Youth Director for St. Elijah in OKC from 2007-2016. She has served as the Program Director for Camp St. Raphael for 11 years and is also the Diocese Youth Director for the Antiochian Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. Erin has a Bachelor of Science in Mass-Communications and Public Relations from Kansas State University. When she’s not spending her time working on camps and other youth events, she can usually be found winning board games or eating food she didn’t cook with her husband Joe.
Making it Personal: What Youth Ministry Teaches Us and what is Your Responsibility as a Youth Worker
Eva (Kokinos) Konstantakos is a native of Anderson, IN. She has been serving as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit since September 2003. She received a B.A. in Speech Communications from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Eva is a graduate of Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA, receiving a Masters in Theological Studies in 2003. Eva also serves on the Orthodox Christian Fellwoship Board of Directors. She married her husband Sam Kostantakis in the fall of 2013.
Second Group of Talks: Gratitude Through Community
Fr. Daniel Hickman
Connecting Youth/Camping Ministry with Everything Else in Your Parish – How Youth/Camping Ministry helps the entire parish and how the entire parish helps Youth/Camping Ministry
Fr. Daniel is Rector of the Orthodox Church of St. Stephen in Longwood, FL and director of Camp St. Christopher. He has years of experience as a youth leader and camp counselor. He and his wife Marcy have four children.
Fr. Alexis Duncan
Cultivating an attitude of Gratitude in our Youth
Fr. Anthony Perkins
Understanding Parenting: Stop Judging Parents and with Thanksgiving Pray for Them.
Fr. Anthony serves as the Vocations Director of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. In addition to his diocesan role he is a professor at Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary and rector of St. Mary’s (Pokrova) Pro-Catherdral in Allentown, PA. He is the host of the Ancient Faith Radio podcast “Good Guys Wear Black” (and along with Fr. John Peck maintains the Good Guys Wear Black website) and podcast OrthoAnalytika. Fr. Anthony is a convert to Orthodoxy and a late vocation to the priesthood. He shares his ministry with his wife Pani Matka Tina and his four children.
Third Group of Talks: Gratitude in Action
Fr. Barnabas Powell
Connecting Liturgical Thanksgiving with Daily Gratitude in Youth Ministry
Fr. Barnabas (Charles) Powell is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Barnabas attended Toccoa Falls College, an Evangelical Protestant school in Northeast Georgia, and received his theology degree there in 1988. A reading program in Church History and Theology would eventually lead him to enter the Orthodox Church, along with several of the families that had been with him during his pastorate in November of 2001.Fr. Barnabas is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA.
In 2010, Fr. Barnabas was ordained to the holy priesthood at the same cathedral. He is now the proistamenos (senior pastor) of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, GA.
Fr. Barnabas founded Faith Encouraged Ministries in 2014 and is the host of Faith Encouraged LIVE on Ancient Faith Radio. He also produces the Monday thru Friday Devotional called Faith Encouraged Daily. “A Journey to Fullness” is a video project he has released through the ministry to help parishes introduce the Faith to the average person.
Fr. Barnabas believes that Orthodoxy is the path to both spiritual renewal in our Orthodox homes and the path for all believers to spiritual maturity.
Speaker – Margo Toscas Kelly
Gratitude through Service
Before working to recruit, train, and serve long-term personnel through the Missionary Department of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, Margo was brought on staff as the Executive Secretary in September 2006. Decades earlier, Margo was exposed to broader Church initiatives especially through her last high school years, by participating in events, presentations, symposia, and visitations of missionaries, priests, and international hierarchs who encouraged the local faithful of the Chicagoland area.
Margo received a BA in Elementary Education from Illinois Wesleyan University (’90) and Master of Theological Studies from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (‘93). Prior to Marriage, Margo worked from the UHAC offices in Chicago. She was blessed in Marriage to Edward Kelley, former Antiochian Priest now of blessed memory, with one son, Nicholas. They served Antiochian parishes in Cedar Rapids, Phoenix, and the mission in Mesa. For almost 10 years in Phoenix, Margo continued worshipping, writing resources, and collaborating in local youth, church, and philanthropic ministries across jurisdictions. Margo taught one schoolyear in the local Washington School District before accepting one, last, yearlong contract working remotely as Resource Coordinator to continue some of her favorite projects worked on through the years: the annual production of essential youth worker communications, materials, and publications of the Greek Archdiocese Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries.
Her camping experience over the last 30-plus years includes working as staff, director, and/or program writer for nine camps across The USA and nine OCMC Camp Teams: one in Greece on Rhodes, two in Albania, and six in Alaska. Margo enjoys opportunities to continue serving OCMC Mission Teams, volunteering at St. Photios National Shrine, encouraging students at Flagler College to start an official OCF, and offering wholeheartedly unto the in-and-outreaching ministries of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, where she currently serves the Psalterion and as President of the Parish Council.