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 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 Elpidophoros.


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.