Fr. John Chakos
Fr. John Chakos was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After attending the local schools, he received his BA degree in English from Western Kentucky University in 1963. He began teaching high school English for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. After two years of teaching, he and his wife Alexandra joined the Peace Corps in 1966, serving in Brazil for over two years. While on assignment, they lived in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Upon returning to the Untied States, Fr. John resumed his teaching career for another two years.
In 1971 Fr. John enrolled at Holy Cross Seminary, completing his studies for the Masters of Divinity in 1974. Since that time he has served as a parish priest in the Chicago and Pittsburgh Dioceses. In 1981 he received the Masters of Religious Education from Loyola University in Chicago. He is currently the pastor of Holy Cross Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Fr. John has served on the Greek Orthodox Board of Missions from 1986 until it became OCMC, under his presidency, which office he held for two terms.
In January of 1997, Fr. John and Alexandra took a six-month sabbatical from their parish ministry to serve with their son Nicholas in the mission fields of East Africa. Fr. John also led a one-month mission team to Galilee in July of 1995, visited Mount Athos five times, and has taken groups in pilgrimage to the Holy Land four times.