About Our Office
The mission of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is to minister to young people and their families, as well as youth workers, enabling them to fully experience the Orthodox Faith; to assist local parishes in creating and sustaining youth and young adult ministries; and to create resources.
The Direct Archdiocesan District, housed at the Archdiocese in New York City, encompasses parishes in most of New York State, the western half of Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas.
The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is led by Fr. Panagiotis Papazafiropoulos, the Director and is under the pastoral care of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.
Fr. Panagiotis Papazafiropoulos, Director
Fr. Panagiotis Papazafiropoulos is from Astoria, NY and now serves as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Direct Archdiocesan District. Fr. Panagiotis was appointed as Youth Director by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios in 2014. Before his appointment, Panagioti served as head chanter, parish youth director, staff member of Camp Saint Paul, and counselor in a number of local retreats throughout the district. His hope and goal is to engage and retain the youth of our Direct Archdiocesan District during their developmental years and into adulthood.
Panagioti holds an undergraduate degree from New York University, a Masters Degree from St. Vladimir's Seminary in Scarsdale, NY, a degree in Theology from the University of Athens, and a degree in music from the Ethniko Odeio in Athens, Greece. He was ordained to the Diaconate in May of 2014 and the Presbyterate on January of 2018. One of his responsibilities, and honors, is to oversee and be a part of the Camping Ministry of the Direct Archdiocesan District Youth Office, Camp Saint Paul.
Alexandros Avgeris, Assistant-Director
Alexandros comes from Long Island, New York. He is part of the community at Saint Demetrios Church in Merrick, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Hellenic College Holy Cross in 2016 and just completed his Masters of Divinity in May of 2018. Alexandros was recently appointed as the Assistant Youth Director of the Direct Archdiocesan District and is honored to be able to serve the Church in this capacity. In his sparetime, he enjoys reading, writing and cooking.