Fr. Alexander Veronis
Board President Emeritus
Fr. Alexander Veronis is the President Emeritus of the OCMC Board of Trustees. He has served on the Board since its inception in 1985, and before that he served for 18 years on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Missions Committee (which became OCMC in 1985). He has also served as President for the following: Lancaster County Ministerial Association, the Lancaster County Inter-Faith Fellowship, the Adult Enrichment Center of the Lancaster School District, the Orthodox Council of Churches of South Central Pennsylvania, the Clergy Syndesmos of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and the National Council of Presbyters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.
In 1988 Fr. Alexander and his wife led a 25 member summer mission team to Kenya, where they built an Orthodox Medical Clinic in the village of Chavogere. He has been an official delegate to numerous conferences, dialogues and seminars on Mission and Evangelism and Ecumenism, and he chaired the Annual Conference on Ecumenical Relations for four years on behalf of the Pennsylvania Conference of Interchurch Cooperation (P.C.I.C.) of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches.
Fr. Alexander was ordained to the deaconate in March 1961 and to the priesthood in August, 1961. He is married to Presbytera Pearl, and they have 5 children and 12 grandchildren. His son and daughter-in-law, Fr. Luke and Presbytera Faith Veronis were OCMC Missionaries in Albania for 10 years. Much of Fr. Alexanders and Presbytera Pearls cooperative ministry has centered on teaching Bible Study Groups, doing Social Outreach ministry, leading Spiritual Life and Renewal Retreats, and promoting Orthodox missions. They have both lectured frequently around the country and in the national Church on these topics. Fr. Alexander was made a protopresbyter in April 1981 by Bishop Maximos of Pittsburgh, and in 1983 by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.