Archbishop Elpidophoros Forms Advisory Committee on the Charter

April 22, 2021

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros has formed the Advisory Committee on the Charter whose purpose is to solicit feedback and ideas from across the Archdiocese as to the future of the Archdiocese as a whole body of our Church in America. The Committee is chaired by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and Archon Michael Psaros, and its members represent the entire breadth of the Church. The Committee includes Hierarchs, representatives from each Metropolis appointed by the respective Hierarch, Senators for Orthodoxy and Hellenism, members of the Archdiocesan Council, representation from the institutions of the Archdiocese, members of the clergy, theologians, academics and other prominent members of our community as it was decided by the Eparchial Synod in a recent meeting.

The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to take the important first step towards a new charter: soliciting and developing suggestions on how the current Charter can be modified and improved. These suggestions will then be submitted for consideration as the work on drafting the new charter continues. “The main goal for the work of the Advisory Committee is to compile a series of suggestions as to how to improve the organization and administration of the Church in America while also considering the need to constantly adapt to the future. Obviously, since the current charter has been revoked, maintaining the status quo is not an option”, said Mr. Psaros. An email address, [email protected], has already been established as one means to provide suggestions for the new charter, and the Archdiocesan website,, will be the repository for important documents and developments related to the new charter process as it progresses.

The Patriarchate will eventually establish a “Joint Committee” of representatives from the Mother Church and the Archdiocese that will be responsible for drafting a new Charter. During this time the Archdiocese continues to function as a legal entity subject to its Regulations.

Charter Advisory Committee Members
Prefix First Last Metropolis Type
Fr. George Tsahakis Atlanta Metropolis Designee
Mr. Nicholas Moraitakis Atlanta Metropolis Designee
Mrs. Evangeline Scurtis Atlanta Metropolis Designee
Mr. Emmanuel Cotronakis Atlanta Metropolis Designee
Fr. Jared Russell Detroit Metropolis Designee
Mr. Patrick Crosson Detroit Metropolis Designee
Mr. Michael "Tommy" Moore Detroit Metropolis Designee
Mrs. Helen Sfikas Rogers Detroit Metropolis Designee
Fr. Peter Salmas San Francisco Metropolis Designee
Fr. Aris Metrakos San Francisco Metropolis Designee
Mr. George Psefteas San Francisco Metropolis Designee
Hon. Connie Contes San Francisco Metropolis Designee
Mrs. Catherine Bouffides Walsh Boston Metropolis Designee
Fr. Panagiotis Giannakopoulos Boston Metropolis Designee
Mr. Michael Sophocles Boston Metropolis Designee
Mr. Peter Bassett Boston Metropolis Designee
His Grace Bishop Timothy of Hexamilion Chicago Metropolis Designee
Mr. Theodore Theophilos Chicago Metropolis Designee
Mr. George Karcazes Chicago Metropolis Designee
Mr. Lee Poteracki Chicago Metropolis Designee
Fr. Stephen Callos Pittsburgh Metropolis Designee
Archdn. Ryan Gzikowski Pittsburgh Metropolis Designee
Dr. Nicholas Loutsion Pittsburgh Metropolis Designee
Mrs. Angela Kusturiss Krenzelak, Esq. Pittsburgh Metropolis Designee
Mr. John Zavitsanos Denver Metropolis Designee
Mr. Keith Maib Denver Metropolis Designee
Fr. Anthony Savas Denver Metropolis Designee
Fr. Lou Christopulos Denver Metropolis Designee
Fr. Bill Bartz New Jersey Metropolis Designee
Fr. Dimitrios Antokas New Jersey Metropolis Designee
Mrs. Anita Kartalopoulos New Jersey Metropolis Designee
Mr. Savas Tsivicos New Jersey Metropolis Designee
Fr. Elias Villis DAD Metropolis Designee
Fr. Peter Orfanakos DAD Metropolis Designee
Mrs. Stephanie Clark DAD Metropolis Designee
Mr. Nicholas Papain DAD Metropolis Designee
Mr. Michael Psaros DAD Appointee
His Grace Bishop Ioannis of Phocaea San Francisco Appointee
Mr. John A. Catsimatidis DAD Appointee
Hon. B. Theodore Bozonelis New Jersey Appointee
Mrs. Elaine Allen DAD Appointee
Fr. Alex Karloutsos DAD Appointee
Mr. George Cantonis Atlanta/DAD Appointee
Mrs. Ann Bezzerides Boston Appointee
Fr. George Parsenios New Jersey Appointee
Mr. George Demacopoulos DAD Appointee
Mrs. Athena Kromidas DAD Appointee
Mrs Arlene Siavelis Kehl Chicago Appointee
Fr. Mark Leondis Atlanta Appointee
Dr. Anthony Limberakis New Jersey Appointee
Mr. George G. Horiates New Jersey Appointee
Presvytera Nicole Keares Pittsburgh Appointee
Fr. Paul Kaplanis Atlanta Appointee
Fr. George Gartelos Denver Appointee
Mr. George Tsougarakis NJ/DAD Appointee
Fr. Michael J. Lambakis Denver Appointee
Fr. John Bakas San Francisco Appointee
Fr. Steven Zorzos DAD Appointee
Mrs. Jeannie Ranglas San Francisco Appointee
Mrs. Aphrodite Skeadas DAD Appointee
Mr. Louis Kircos Detroit Appointee
Mr. Michael Spanos San Francisco Appointee
Mrs. Helen Carlos Atlanta Appointee
Mr. William Spell Chicago Appointee
Mr. Steven Sellas Pittsburgh Appointee
Mrs. Theone Dickos Detroit Appointee
Mrs. Polixeni Maouris Hillier Atlanta Appointee
Presvytera Chrysoula Kourkounti Bebis Boston Appointee
Mrs. Vicki Pappas Detroit Appointee
Fr.. Patrick Viscuso New Jersey Appointee
Mrs. Eleni Bousis Chicago Appointee
Mr. Drake Behrakis Boston Appointee
Mrs. Argo Georgandis Pyle Denver Appointee
Mr. John Payiavlas Pittsburgh Appointee
Mrs. Maria Stefanis New Jersey Appointee
Hon. Paul Lillios Chicago Appointee
Mr. George Anderson Detroit Appointee