Tyrone-Stavros Emery, 39, is a Missionary Candidate to serve the Orthodox Church of South Korea. Having lived most of his life in California and Hawaii, Tyrone-Stavros Emery finished high school in Hawaii, undergraduate school in California (USC), and then graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts ('08).
Stavros was an active member of Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Honolulu, Hawaii prior to attending Holy Cross, and had several years experience serving the summer camp ministries of Saint Nicholas Ranch in California and also the Ionian Village Camp in Greece. Beginning with his years at Holy Cross, Stavros made opportunity to serve on several short-term mission trips with OCMC and also took three Missiology courses taught by Fr. Luke Veronis, setting the path towards future missionary service. Upon his graduation from Holy Cross, Stavros had opportunity to work as Assistant Director for Saint Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center in California and also as Pastoral Lay Assistant for Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta, Georgia.
Stavros is now making ready to serve the Church in the overseas mission field, through the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. At the invitation of Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea, he will start with a mid-term placement and exploratory visit. Metropolitan Ambrosios will provide him an orientation to the life of the Church in Korea and place him where he might work and serve the needs of the local Church. Upon completion of the mid-term exploratory visit, and upon assessment that South Korea is the 'right-fit' for continued long-term service, it is our hope that Stavros will receive the blessing of Metropolitan Ambrosios to return to South Korea for active full-term missionary service.
Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea, in a talk given at the Mission Team Chicago Benefit (2013) says, “It is my honest belief that the location of today’s greatest challenges lie primarily in East Asia, particularly in the Far East… Let me ask: Who among us has wondered how many of these three and a half billion (3,500,000,000) people in East Asia, as of today, in 2013, are Christians? The answer is painful, and I do not want to dwell on it. But please allow me to ask just this question: How many among the Orthodox Christians in America are aware of the fact that “the joyful news of the Resurrection” has not yet reached the ends of the earth?”
… “Simply by considering these basic facts about Orthodoxy’s minimal witness in East Asia, we become totally convinced that the Orthodox Church is facing new and cosmogonic challenges. Ours is a small, soft voice amidst a loud cacophony encompassing half of the earth’s people. Yet this reality is also an opportunity of unprecedented significance. If we seize this opportunity while we have the chance and we respond with zeal, dedication, and hard work, Orthodox Mission will write golden pages in history for the glory of God and of our Holy Church.”
"Orthodox Mission in East Asia, as in every corner of the earth, needs our response. Unworthy as I am, I pray that God will make me worthy for service in His Church, and as I begin my path as a missionary being sent by OCMC and the Orthodox Church of North America to wherever the Lord wills me to go, I ask for your prayers and I ask for your help of committed financial support. It is with your participation and sharing in this ministry that makes it possible. Thank you and God bless you.” -Tyrone-Stavros Emery