Directors

Our Youth Ministries are lead by a dynamic group of people that brings the Orthodox Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ alive for our youth and young adults. We invite you to learn more about them.

 

Directors and Heads Of Youth Ministry

Staff Member
V. Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Purpura
Chairman of the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese 
Facilitator of the Committee for Youth of the Assembly of Bishops

Email: FrJoseph@OrthodoxYouth.com 

Fr. Joseph Purpura chairs the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, creating and implementing youth training programs across the United States and Canada. He has trained adult youth directors for over twenty-three years for the Orthodox Christian Church. Fr. Joseph completed his doctoral studies at Pittsburgh Theological School with a concentration in Youth Training.

 
Fr. Anthony Yazge
Antiochian Archdiocese Chairman of Dept. of Camping, and Chairman of Young Adult Ministy
Chairman of the Orthodox Christian Camping Association

Email: franthony@avcamp.org

Fr. Anthony serves as the Camp Director of the Antiochian Village in addition to the ministries listed above.  He has been serving in a variety of capacities in Orthodox Youth Ministry for more than 25 years.  He is a graduate of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and has a B.S. in Special Education from the University of Maryland

Staff Member
V. Rev. Stephen Loposky
Director of Youth of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of North America and Administrator of Camp Nazareth Retreat and Conference Center

Email: Coming soon

Very Rev. Stephen Loposky was ordained priest on July 12, 1998 by His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos of blessed memory. Fr. Stephen served as the parish priest for St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Corning, NY for 11 years before being assigned as the Administrator of Camp Nazareth Retreat and Conference Center in 2009. Camp Nazareth is the Youth Camp for the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of North America. Fr. Stephen was subsequently appointed as the Director of Youth for his Diocese. He lives at Camp Nazareth with his wife, Pani Daria, and their 4 children -- Samuel, Joshua, Nicholas and Anna.

 
 
 
Staff Member
Steven Christoforou
Director, Y2AM

Email: schristoforou@goarch.org

A graduate of Yale University, Fordham University School of Law, and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Steve is passionate about sharing the Gospel in a clear and accessible way and helping people see Christ at work in their lives.
 
 
Website: y2am.org
 
 
Staff Member
Natalie Kapeluck-Nixon
Chairman Orthodox Youth Directors in North America
Director, UOC of USA Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Email: uocyouth@aol.com

Natalie has served as the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA since 2000. Her role as National Youth Director also encompasses supervision and planning of the camping ministry programming. She obtained her B.A. in the arts from Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Kapeluck-Nixon sits on the Board of Directors for Orthodox Christian Fellowship and currently serves as the Chairman of the Orthodox Youth Directors in North America.

 

Staff Member
Fr. Philip Tobert
Bulgarian Youth Apostolate

Email: Coming soon

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Staff Member
Fr. Daniel Marshal

ROCOR

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Staff Member
Andrei Sommer

ROCOR

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Staff Member
Fr. Daniel Hoarst

Romanian Youth Director

Email: Coming Soon

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Staff Member
Fr. Nicholas Cecko
Serbian

Email: Contact the Parish Office

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