CLERGY

Please contact our Parish Priest, Fr. George, to schedule any of the following: 
Baptisms, Weddings, Confessions, 40-Day Blessings, Memorial Services, Hospital Visits, as well as for all other Pastoral Needs/Concerns. 
Fr. George can be reached at: 703-314-6421 or frgeorgeandrew@gmail.com. Thank you. 

Presiding Priest: Father George Alexson

Father George,a native of Cambridge, Mass., following graduation from Cambridge High and Latin, entered Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary (1962-1965), to pursue his life-long dream for the priesthood.  In 1965, he transferred to St. Tikhon’s Russian Orthodox Seminary, located near Scranton, PA, graduating in May of 1969.

Father married Joanna Demopoulos of Kozani, Greece, a student at St. Basil’s Academy, following graduation on June 15, 1969.  On July 26th, Archbishop Iakovos ordained Father to the Diaconate at St. Paraskevi Church, Greenlawn, NY.  Metropolitan Silas ordained him to the priesthood on August 17th in Port Jefferson, NY.

On September 15th, Father began his first assignment as assistant to the Dean of Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral in New York City. His first parish as Proistamenos was St. Nicholas Church in Jamestown, N.Y. During this time he also earned a degree in Philosophy from St. Bonaventure University.

     In 1972, he transferred to Holy Trinity Church in Binghamton, N.Y. While in Binghamton, Fr. George attended SUNY Binghamton University and received an MA in Philosophy.  During his last two years at Holy Trinity, he was invited to teach courses in Philosophy and New Testament Greek at his Alma Mater, St. Tikhon's Seminary in South Canaan, PA.In 1976, Father left Binghamton for St. George’s Church in Greenville, S.C., where he served for 11 years.  During his tenure there a new community center was built.  Fr. George was also very active in the Greenville Ministerial Association and the Chaplaincy Program for Orthodox Students at Furman

University.  He also helped establish an Orthodox Fellowship at Clemson University. 

     In 1987, Father George accepted an invitation to pastor St. Katherine’s in Falls Church, VA (1987- 2001). While serving there, he began studies at the Catholic University of America, in the Early Christian Studies Program receiving a Masters in Early Christian Studies. He completed all requirements for the Ph.D. (Cand.) in the program prior to his move to Atlanta.  Fr. George was active in the Orthodox Clergy Fellowship of Greater Washington and served as its president for several years.  He also represented the Archdiocese on the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Committee, whose task it was to represent to the American government concerns regarding Orthodox minorities, especially in countries hostile to Christians. In 1993 & 1995, he led Mission Trips to Poland and Slovakia for the Orthodox Mission Center and, in 1999 led a Mission Trip to the Holy Land.  Fr. George also worked closely with the Greek and Cypriot embassies on behalf of Hellenic concerns and, in 2002 was honored by the Cypriot Society of Washington for his contribution to Greek-Cypriot causes.

In January, 2001, he was installed as Dean of the Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta.  During his tenure there a new community center was built.      As Dean of the Cathedral, he was instrumental in establishing the Annunciation Day School, a parochial school that combines secular and Orthodox studies.  He was appointed by the Metropolitan as Spiritual Advisor to the Metropolis Philoptochos, an assignment he has always cherished.  Fr. George was invited to lecture at Emory University in the Byzantine Studies Program, chaired by Prof. Andrew Enonomou, as well as to theology students at the university.

Upon retirement in 2010, Father and Pres. Joanna returned to Northern Virginia to join their children and grandchildren. He received a blessing from Metropolitan Evangelos to serve as the first full-time Presiding Priest of the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, beginning January 2, 2011.

Father George & Pres. Joanna are the proud parents of two children (Dimitri & Denise) and five grandchildren.

The Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church is under the dominion of His Eminence Evangelos, Metropolitan of New Jersey, www.nj.goarch.org