Rev. Fr. Constantine P. Botsis, Protopresbyter
Fr. Dean celebrates his 35th anniversary as the priest of the Holy Taxiarhai and Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church in 2017. Born in Holland, Michigan, and raised in Grand Rapids, he studied at Hellenic College/ Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1971 and Master of Divinity in 1973.
After graduating, he served for a year as lay assistant and youth director at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA, with Fr. Spencer Kezios, and later at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church with Fr. George Bartz in Akron, Ohio from 1974 to 1976.
At the invitation of Bishop Iakovos (later Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, of blessed memory), he became the diocesan youth director and bishop’s assistant in the Diocese of Detroit in 1977. As diocesan youth director, he re-wrote the Archdiocesan YAL Guidebook that was released at the 1980 Clergy-Laity Congress.
In 1977, Fr. Dean became a counselor at the Ionian Village, and served on the IV Staff for the summers of 1977, 1978 and 1979. While at the Ionian Village, Fr. Dean met Georgia Perros, his future Presvytera, and on February 10, 1980, the Feastday of St. Haralambos, they were married in Duluth, MN. They continued their affiliation with the Ionian Village in the summers of 1980-81, 1985 and 1993.
When Bishop Iakovos became Bishop of Chicago in 1979, Fr. Dean came to Chicago and served as the Registrar, issuing and recording baptisms, weddings and divorces, a full-time position which he held until 1986. During that period, he was an organizer and founder of the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago (1980), which he served as president and secretary for many years. He was one of the founders of Orthodox Christian SYNERGY (1990), and he also served as the spiritual advisor of the Diocese of Chicago Young Adult League from 1986 to 1993.
Fr. Dean was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in March of 1980 and served also as the bishop’s deacon until he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in June of 1982. On August 1, 1982, Fr. Dean was assigned to our Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church in Niles, IL. Working together with the building committee, the St. Haralambos Community Center was planned and designed, with ground breaking taking place in June of 1983. The Thyranoixia of the new center was celebrated on June 3, 1984.
Father George Lamberis, Presbyter
Father George was born in Downers Grove, IL and grew up at the parish of the Holy Apostles in Westchester, IL. His love for youth ministry began there as he was involved in several leadership roles. In 2004, He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. He graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 2009. On February 2, 2010, he began working as the pastoral assistant of the Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Elmhurst and was ordained four years later to the date to the Holy Diaconate. He has also assisted with the camping programs, having been a counselor and on staff at the Chicago Metropolis Fanari Camp, Metropolis of Boston Camp, Ionian Village and the Orthodox Metropolis Summer Camp in South Korea.
He and his wife, Diana were married at Saint Demetrios on March 3, 2013. Diana was born and raised in St. Paul, MN and moved to Chicago in 2002. She volunteered as the co-coordinator for the Metropolis of Chicago Young Adult Ministry for several years. She was also employed as a high school guidance counselor until they had children.
Fr. George was assigned to St. Haralambos on February 17, and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at St. Haralambos. Fr. George and Presvytera Diana have two children named Constantine and Emmanuel.
They are happy and thankful to be a part of the Holy Taxiarhai and Saint Haralambos family!
Father George is currently on the board for the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago and he is also on the Fanari Camp Steering Committee.
John Suhayda, Deacon
Deacon Suhayda was born in Baltimore, Maryland and baptized there at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. He grew up in Akron, Ohio, where he was a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, and was active in the church school, GOYA, and the Metropolis of Pittsburgh summer camp programs. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and received a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He was ordained a deacon by His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago at Holy Taxiarhai - St. Haralambos in 1991, where he has served ever since.
Nicholas Harisiadis, Protopsaltis
Born and raised in Constantinople. After grammar school and middle school graduated high school from the Theological School of Halki.
Migrated to Greece for further studies and in 1977 to the United States. Married to Anna, also from Constantinople, and is a father of two married sons, one of them also a Protopsalti in Chicago, and has been blessed with four grandchildren.
Found himself at the chanting stand (Αναλογιο) at four years of age. Has been blessed by the tutelage of great teachers among them the head chanter (Αρχών Πρωτοψάλτης) of the Patriarchate the late Basilios Nikolaidis who he had as a teacher for six consecutive school years.
Currently resides in a Chicago suburb, semi retired, though devoted to serving St. Haralambos full time.