Board of Directors

Chairman Lee Kopulos 

Mission Experience and Statement

My mission and church planting experience started with the founding of St. Luke Parish, Palos Hills, IL. (OCA) a Chicago suburb in 1984. 17 of us established the Parish which has grown and “mothered” 3 others parishes and created annual ministry programs for the faithful in and outside of the USA… As Chairman and President for many 6 year periods and evangelism director, the church has now grown to over 230 families under Fr. Andrew Harrison (Emeritus) and now under the direction of Fr. Paul Jannakos.

This initial experience of growing the church of St. Luke has instilled in me a great desire to “be doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). This is to say nothing of the importance for all Orthodox Christians by the Savior who before His Ascension directed all of us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”in the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20). In so doing I connected with FR. Peter Gillquist (Blessed Memory) and assisted him in his work along with many others in the establishment of over 100 missions in America over  a 15 year time span.  No one has accomplished what Fr. Peter has done in America.

My direct work has been in the founding of St. Peter Church, Bonita Springs, Fl. (Ft. Myers new property) under Fr. Hans Jacobse and St. Ananias Church, Evansville, In. with Fr. Daniel Hackney.  Both churches have grown and developed and purchased available church buildings. They both are using the St. Luke Model for Church growth and development. Other churches touched by this model are All Saints, Bloomington, In.  St. Ignatius, Madison, Wi. and St. Nicholas, Urbana, IL.

Sufficient to say, here I understand the needs of new missions and how many times some sort of financial assistance is necessary. New missions rarely have the monies for a full time Priest. While the mission is growing, we stand ready to help the mission priest and his family with covering small costs that can build up and get in the way. With over 100 mission s out there, we at Share The Faith through generous donations can offer financial assistance in the Missions Priest’s Fund we have established.

Vice-chairman Glen Chancy

Orthodox Christian for over 20 years. Married to Christine with five children. Past Webmaster for the Orthodox Christian Network. Former Parish Council member for five years at St. Stephen the Protomartyr.

Occupation: Product Manager for a suite of banking software products. Previously consulted globally for leading banking institutions. Experience in 32 countries.

 

Board Member – Dr. Michael Robles, D.O.

Dr Michael Robles D.O. (in baptism, Paisios) is a Texas based Orthodox Christian pathologist, trained as an Osteopathic Physician at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM). Dr Robles completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the University of California, Irvine. He continued his training with a yearlong Surgical Pathology Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and an additional Fellowship year as the Robert E. Petras Fellow in Gastrointestinal Pathology, Cleveland Ohio.

In addition, Dr. Robles studied and performed four years of basic bench biomedical research as an undergraduate and graduate student in biochemistry, molecular biology, virology and immunology at the University of California at Riverside and University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Currently, Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of Ariana Sciences, he has over 30 years of experience in biomedical sciences and pathology. Dr. Robles has been trained by pre-eminent physicians in the practice of pathology and has managed multiple groups in this field throughout his career. Since early 2020, Dr. Robles has been researching COVID, being blessed to consult many expert physicians who support early outpatient treatment and “vaccine” awareness. Dr. Robles has done his part to help people with COVIDutilizing what he has learned regarding early outpatient COVID therapy.

He attends St. Nicholas (ROCOR) Orthodox Church Mckinney, TX and enjoys the blessing of his spiritual Fr. Seraphim (Holland). He is married to Lena and has three beloved Children Dimitri (20), Anastasia (18) and Niko (14). He would be honored to serve STF’s board in order to help our neighbors, especially, worthy presbyters who struggle in great financial challenge but with a decent size stipend, can make the time to help the often times, forgotten. By God’s grace, STF can achieve GREAT things for His glory to help those in need, one  person at a time. There is indeed, a world of difference for priests with families to support but in cases, do not make 2% of what some others (including a few celibates) are blessed to be compensated. Glory to Jesus Christ!