Rev. Peter J. Orfanakos, Proistamenos
Rev. Joel L. McEachen
Rev. Joel McEachen was
born in Queens, NY, on June 22, 1939, to H. Stuart McEachen, an immigrant from
Canada, and Dorothy Florence Lombard, a Mayflower descendant. He completed
public schools in Leonia, NJ. He
graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in June, 1959; Saint Vladimir’s
Seminary with a Master of Divinity; Sacred Heart University with an MBA.
He enlisted in a U.S.
Naval Reserve blimp squadron at NAS Lakehurst, NJ, during college along with
the Navy Reserve Officer Candidate program, entering flight school, Pensacola,
FL, and serving in a Heavy Attack Squadron on board USS Forrestal. He served as
squadron legal officer and made two Caribbean and two Mediterranean cruises, visiting
many ports including Greece, Rhodes, and Cyprus, and led a Navy tour from
Beirut to the Holy Land in 1962 where he met with the Patriarch Benedictos.
Upon release he returned home and worked as an IBM senior programmer and served
as a driver/attendant on the Leonia Volunteer Ambulance Corps. He was active as
a Boy Scout, Scoutmaster, and Explorer Post Advisor and led a Philmont Scout
Ranch, NM, trek in July 1965.
Having attended Eastern
rite churches with relatives, and many Orthodox churches in Greece and around
New York, he began attending Christ the Saviour and Saint Anthony's Orthodox
churches, founded in north Jersey near his home using all English language
services. He was received into Orthodoxy by Chrismation at Saint Anthony's
Church, Bergenfield, NJ, entering St. Vladimir's Seminary in September, 1965. He
became youth director at Saint Demetrios' Church, Astoria, NY, serving until
June, 1967, when he became youth director at Saint Nicholas Church, Flushing,
NY, until 1969.
He married Sandra
Reshetar of Minneapolis, MN, at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, Paramus, NJ,
June 4, 1967. Children are Elizabeth (Major Tom Johnston; children John, Jacob,
Emily, Joel, William, Nicholas, Timothy, and Dorothy) John (Kimberly Gonzales;
children Adelaide and Richard) Christine (Aaron Basil; children Caroline and
Quinn Alexander,) and Katherine.
During his senior year
and the year after, he served St. Vladimir's Seminary as business manager with
responsibilities for the refectory, bookstore, maintenance of buildings and
grounds, and vehicles. In June, 1969, he left for the University of
Thessalonica with his wife and infant daughter Elizabeth for a year's studies
and a third visit to the Holy Land. Upon their return home with Greek-born son
John, Joel was ordained deacon by Bishop Timothy of Rodostolon at St. Andrew's
Church, Chicago, IL, and priest by Archbishop Iakovos at Saint Nicholas Church,
Flushing, NY, September 27, 1970, where he served as assistant pastor until
October, 1973. Fr. Joel was appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Ansonia,
CT, until his retirement in 2009. He continued his interest in computers with
work as an IBM systems programmer on VSE/ESA, VM, and MVS-z/OS systems.
With extensive Scout
experience, Fr. Joel revised the Alpha-Omega Scouting award program in 1975 at
the request of SCOBA. He wrote the CHI-RHO program in 1978, and developed the
Prophet Elias adult leader recognition program in 1988. He helped with the
early program at the Ionian Village and was a counselor there in 1972 while
serving on the Archdiocesan National Youth Council 1971-1973. He served as
Orthodox chaplain at five quadrennial Boy Scout National Jamborees beginning in
1981 and the 100th anniversary of Scouting 2010 Jamboree. The Boy
Scouts of America recognized this service as well as participation at the
annual Greater New York Orthodox Scout retreats with the Silver Beaver award;
The Girl Scouts USA honored Fr. Joel with their Impact Award; and the Eastern
Orthodox Committee on Scouting presented him with the Prophet Elias emblem in
1996. He completed certification training as general hospital chaplain with the
National Association of Catholic Chaplains in 1972.
Fr. Joel is a member of
the Sons of the American Revolution. He joined the Board of the Retired Clergy
Association in 2008, served as treasurer and was elected president in 2012. He has been assisting Fr. Peter at
the Saint Barbara Parish since 2009.
Rev. Steven M. Sarigianis
Rev. Steven M. Sarigianis was born on September 6, 1931 in
Brooklyn, New York graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School. At 18, he entered Holy Cross Greek
Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Seminary in 1954 with
a B.D. Degree and married Electra Limberakis of Somerville, Massachusetts later
that same year.
He was ordained the Holy Deaconate and the Holy Priesthood
in 1954 and assigned to the Saints Constantine and Helen parish in Middletown,
Ohio, where he served for six years and was instrumental in building and
completing a new church building.
In 1960, he was assigned to the Saint Nicholas parish in
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he served ten years. During his ministry the parish was able to build and
complete a new church facility. It
was during this time that Fr. Steven was elevated to the office of Sakelarios
In 1970, he was assigned to the Kimisis Tis Theotokou parish
in Poughkeepsie, New York where he was assisted the community in paying off the
mortgage to their new church facility.
Fr. Steven served the parish for twenty-eight years during which time he
was elevated to the office of Protopresbyter and served on the Archdiocese Spiritual
Court for one year.
In 1999, he was assigned to the Saint George parish in
Kingston, New York where he served the community for twelve years. Fr. Steven officially retired in 2012
after 58 years of active ministry.
In 2012 he relocated to Hamden, Connecticut and is currently
assisting Fr. Peter and Fr. Joel at the Saint Barbara parish in Orange,
Fr. Steven and Presbytera Electra have three sons Michael,
James and Anthony and several grandchildren.