Rev. Dr. Christopher Flesoras is the pastor of Saint Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Roseville, a parish of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco.
A graduate of Hellenic College with his BA in Religious Studies, Fr. Christopher then received his M.Div from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, his MS in Development and Counseling in Higher Education from Northeastern University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in the Foundations of Education and Christian Pedagogy in the Byzantine East.
He was married to Kristen Kyriazis, of blessed memory, on October 13,1996 at Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, California. On November 17, 1996, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of San Francisco, of blessed memory, at his home parish of the Annunciation in Modesto, California, and assigned to serve Holy Cross Church in Belmont, California. Dn. Christopher was then ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Metropolitan Anthony at Holy Cross Church on February 2, 1997, where he would serve until his assignment to Saint Anna Church in June of 2001.
In 2010, Father was commissioned as a Chaplain (1LT) with the California State Military Reserve and attached to the 115th Regional Support Group of the National Guard. In 2014, he was released to the California Air National Guard, commissioned as a Chaplain (Capt) and attached to the 162nd Combat Communication Group. He now serves the 195th Wing of the Air National Guard, which is headquartered at Beale AFB.
Father Christopher serves an Adjunct Professor at William Jessup University, teaching courses primarily in the History Department. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition to historical theology, his areas of interest are the pastoral care of the Byzantine Monastery of Pantocrator and its relevance to Christian wellness in the 21st century, Christian formation, the Sanctity of Christian betrothal, marriage and family, and the nature and experience of suffering.
In addition to serving as a US First Responder with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) - having responded to the Las Vegas Shootings, the Arizona Fires, the Midwest Floods and Hurricane Katrina, he is active with other local charities and philanthropies. Fr. Christopher is also a Senior Fellow (Class XXII) of the American Leadership Forum.
He resides in Roseville with his children.
Rev. Deacon Joseph Ruocco-Brown was born in San Jose California, spending his early years in Strongsville, Ohio, although he returned back to California at a young age, settling in the rural town of Petaluma in Sonoma County. One of three children born to Donald and Francis (Ruocco) Brown, he was reared in a loving and devout Roman Catholic family.
During his high school years, under spiritual direction of his parish priest, he prayerfully considered affiliating with a monastic brotherhood. After high school graduation, he was prepared to attend the Benedictine Monastery and Seminary at Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon, although this plan was providentially interrupted when he met Anna, his wife of 34 years. Joseph and Anna Moller were wed on June 3, 1978. They have been blessed with six children and five grandchildren.
Desiring to more completely serve God, and also being struck by the beauty of the Byzantine Liturgy and her theology, Joseph petitioned the See of Rome to be accepted within the Greek Melkite Catholic Church, which was granted by then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict. Their prayerful journey continued for some time, most notably under the spiritual direction of Rev. Constantine Efsthathiu of the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Novato. Joseph, Anna, and their children were received into the Holy Orthodox Church on January 5, 1991, at the Parish of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Santa Rosa, California.
Once acclimated to the Orthodox Church, his spiritual father, the Rev. Michael Margitich, encouraged him to study for the Holy Deaconate. With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Tikhon, he attended the Diocese of the West Late Vocations Program in Berkeley and San Francisco, which at that time was directed by the now retired Metropolitan Jonah Archbishop of Washington and New York and Metropolitan of All America and Canada. After much study, he successfully passed the Deaconate Examination required by the Orthodox Church in America. Then, with the blessings and encouragement of his Spiritual Father, Joseph petitioned His Grace Bishop Tikhon for ordination to the Holy Deaconate.
On June 14,1997, sub-deacon Joseph was ordained to the Holy Deaconate at the oldest Orthodox parish in the contiguous United States, the seat of the Orthodox Church in America Bishop of San Francisco and the West, Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco. Deacon Joseph was assigned to the Protection of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Parish and St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church in Santa Rosa. He faithfully served there for five years. Upon relocating to the Sierra Foothills community of Grass Valley in 2002 for work, Dn. Joseph served at the Elevation of the Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Sacramento. Although Deacon and his family began attending St. Anna Parish shortly thereafter, he was officially released and incardinated into the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on September 15th 2008, placed under the Omophorion of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of the Metropolis of San Francisco and assigned to St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Roseville.
Deacon Joseph is employed in the secular world as a Process/Manufacturing Engineer. He has been employed with various companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Parker-Hannifin, Cisco Systems and is currently employed with NVision in Grass Valley.
Rev. Fr. Jason Seraphim Ivey
Rev. Fr. Seraphim Ivey was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on April 14, 2018 and to the Holy Priesthood on April 15, 2018 by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco at the Parish of St. Anna. He is 2017 graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He began his ministry as a Pastoral Assistant on January 1, 2018 and with the approval of the Eparchial Synod and with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos, he was ordained to serve as the second, full-time priest at our Parish.
Father Seraphim grew up semi- locally, having been born and raised in Grass Valley/ Nevada City for most of his life. Upon graduating from high school, he attended a handful of junior colleges before ultimately attending U.C. Santa Cruz, where he received my B.A. degree in continental philosophy, with an emphasis upon ancient Greek philosophy. A decade later, after having worked in a myriad of occupations, ranging from construction to social work, Father went back to graduate school and received a multiple subject teaching credentials from Cal. State Sacramento, with the intention of teaching elementary school.
During this time, he was seeking for a new church to attend and after many years of searching, he found Orthodoxy and then eventually, St. Anna Parish as well, where after a period of time, he was formally received into the faith (spring of 2009). After a 5 year “discussion” with Fr. Christopher, he decided to attend Holy Cross Greek Orthodox seminary in order to ascertain how he might best serve the Church. Over the course of the next 4 years he was afforded the opportunity to explore and to develop his spiritual interests; all with the continued hopes of discerning what his future role might be with regards to my serving the Orthodox Church.
Father Seraphim was married in 2015 to Renee Kyriazis of Redondo Beach at the Church of St. Barbara in Santa Barbara.
In 2001, Mrs. Morfoula Lenakakis began volunteering at the Parish to assist the recently assigned Fr. Christopher. Shortly thereafter, Morfoula became our part-time Secretary and remains an invaluable member of our Parish Office and Administration, especially with her proficiency in bookkeeping.
A native of Roseville, Morfoula is a first generation Greek American of parents who came to the United States in 1955. She is married to Stelio, whom she met in 1978. Two weeks after they met, they were married! They just celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary.
Morfoula and Stelio have 3 sons, Yianni, Angelo, and Athamie. Yianni, their oldest son, is married to Dawn, and they have two children, Stelio and Kyriaki. Angelo, their middle son, was tonsured Father Agathon and is a monk at St. Anthony’s Monastery in Arizona. Athamie, their youngest son, is married to Marina and they also have a son, Stelio.
In addition to her responsibilities at the Parish, Morfoula also helps manage her husband’s landscape and maintenance company, which they have owned for over 35 years.
Ms. Michelle Hawe serves as our Director of Youth Religious Education. She was born in Long Beach, California, and was raised in Fresno, attending the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. Michelle graduated from California State University Fresno with a Bachelor degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Children and Family Social Institutions in May of 2009. She also received a Masters of Science in Instruction with an emphasis in Curriculum and Development as well as School Leadership at Drexel University, Sacramento.
Michelle works as an intervention specialist with the Lincoln Unified School District, working with at risk children.
Mrs. Margaret Mueller was born at Travis AFB in Solano County to Capt. Horace and Kathrin Karampetsos McFadden. Her father’s service required the family to move frequently, and although baptized at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Great Falls, Montana, she only spent two years attending the Orthodox Church during childhood. “The year I was three, we lived in Great Falls, and my grandmother took me to Church. The Eucharist, the chanted Liturgy, Psalms and Hymns, and the sights, smells and sounds remained vivid and profoundly evocative of the presence of God and true worship throughout my life. I yearned to return to Church.”
Transfers to Air Force Bases in South Carolina, Georgia and the Azores exposed Margaret to non-denominational Protestant, Bible-based religious education. When her family ultimately settled in Vacaville, her parents decided the family should attend a Presbyterian Church. “People assume I’ve had an Orthodox upbringing. My childhood was really spent outside of the Orthodox faith, something I’ve worked hard to re-embrace through study, participating in the Liturgical life of the Church, attending Bible Study, and reading. In a lot of ways, my journey has been much like that of a convert. When I got my first job after college graduation and moved to Fresno, I found the Orthodox Church in the Yellow Pages, and returned home spiritually.”
In 1991, Margaret and Bill Mueller were married by Fr. Demetrius Dogias at The Annunciation Cathedral in Sacramento. Bill was chrismated Orthodox by Fr. Christopher Flesoras on Palm Sunday 2002. Fr. Dogias also baptized their three sons, Nicholas, Daniel and Brian. Bill serves on the St. Anna Parish Council. Their oldest son Nicholas attended seminary at Holy Cross Hellenic College in Boston, and sons Daniel and Brian serve in the altar.
“When I met Bill, we spoke at length about our faith, how it shaped our lives, and our decisions. We made a commitment to one another before marriage that we would attend the Orthodox Church and raise our children Orthodox. Our commitment to Christ and to one another has shaped our marriage, our children and our decision to live in Roseville. When the boys were still infants, Bill asked me what I thought I would like to do after they were grown, and I told him I wanted to get a Master’s Degree in Early Christian History. This was three years before the Roseville parish was established. When we knew Roseville was going to have a Church, I was genuinely concerned that programs for children be a high priority, so I volunteered to teach Sunday School.” As the number of children increased, Margaret became Director of Youth Religious Education, and taught all of the age levels at various times. “Both Fr. Cosmas Halekakis and Fr. Christopher Flesoras guided my education and reading to help me develop a deep and well-rounded knowledge of Orthodoxy. My BA in Art from UC Davis has compelled me to explore the foundations of Christian art, iconography, and architecture in context of the history of the early Church. The opportunity to practically apply this passion was realized when establishing youth religious education at St. Anna parish at its inception.
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