Fr. Evangelos Pepps

“After saving my soul and loving my family, my main goal and calling – which our last caring bishop in the GOA, HE Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago as well as our last bishop in the OCA, HE Archbishop Paul, both blessed – is to partner with people of integrity in creating a strong Missionary Priests’ Fund for…. America. Married clergy with families to provide for, sacrificing in struggling parishes with very few resources, need a hand up…

As the Apostle wrote in II Co. 8:13-15, referring to people and parishes who “have”, “I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but that ..at this time, your [material] abundance may supply their lack, that their [sacrificing] abundance .. may supply your lack.. As it is written, ‘He who gathered much had nothing left over; and he who gathered little.. no lack.’”

Fr. Angelo (Evangelos) Pepps is a cradle-Orthodox Priest, who thanks to Fr. Lazarus Moore of blessed memory – and in particular, his booklet now called Sacred Traditions of the Holy Spirit in the Church – considers himself a convert to Christ and His Ark of Salvation. He is thankful to his parents of blessed memory, Stavros (Stephen) and Mary who, when he was seriously thinking of becoming an AOG pastor, encouraged him to, “first study our faith and then, decide.” After but a few days in Brookline, in early September 1975, Fr. Angelo had found everything he’d been looking for to follow Christ in the safest and most powerful way – the way of the fathers.

Fr. Angelo is happily married since 1986 to Susan (Fotopulos) and is the proud father of Marissa (Josh) Cook, Elia (Kyle) Reif and Stavros (Stephen), with 3 grandchildren and 2 more on the way.

In the communities in which he has served, Fr. Angelo has seen significant increases in membership, resources, and most importantly, people coming to enjoy their full inheritance in Christ. Fr. Angelo grew up in San Antonio, TX before spending 7 years learning and spiritually preparing at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology. He was valedictorian in 1979, named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and was president of the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement as well as the HC Missionary Committee. Father has had the honor of learning from Frs. +Anthony Coniaris and Nicholas Triantafilou both of whom he served in their respective communities as Youth and Campus Minister and chief cantor.

Fr. Angelo is a seasoned and popular speaker. But a few of his favorite Topics are:

  • Enjoying the Liturgy and our Full Inheritance in Christ.
  • Treasures for America: Motivating Lapsed Orthodox to want the Faith of Their Fathers.
  • Attracting and Keeping College Students and our YOUth.
  • Tripling Parish Stewardship
  • Purification, Illumination and Charismata of the Holy Spirit – The Life-Giving Tradition of the Holy Spirit according to St. Simeon the New Theologian and Fr. +John Romanides
  • “How to Grow Your Parish”
  • Enjoying Synergistic Parish Administration.
  • Pre-Schism Saints of the West: esp, the remarkable story of St. Brendan, 6th c. Navigator to the Americas.
  • Transfiguration through Repentance, Reconciliation and Restoration
  • The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church
  • On the End of This World & the Beginning of the Next

His articles have appeared in the Orthodox Observer, Solia, The Sword and Again Magazine. He has been interviewed on numerous programs. Books in Progress include: True Life in Christ, Brief History of the Traditional Church Calendar; Why the Orthodox Church has Condemned Many Teachings of Free-Masonry: A Pastoral Approach; Quenching Your Spiritual Thirst: Stories of Those Who Found What They Were Looking For; The Prophetic Calling of the Church.

Fluent in Greek, with a working knowledge of Spanish, Father has offered Sunday of Orthodoxy messages in large metropolitan areas of PA, NY & MI, but also enjoyed speaking in homeless shelters, nursing homes and prisons just as much as on major university campuses. Whether living with Presvytera Susan as newlyweds in Thessalonica where he was assigned a 14th c. temple they helped return to being a vibrant parish; visiting faithful including saints on Mt. Athos (4x), Patmos, Istanbul, Ochrid, England, Bulgaria, Egypt, Mt. Sinai and the Holy Lands; moving forward in life in Kalamazoo, MI where Father and Presvytera have lived since 2003; or serving those in need in Guatemala, Baja California or wherever he has been needed, he knows that our life on earth is short but fulfilling when we are free in Christ via being authentic and in joyful repentance.

Endorsements

“Knows how to motivate you to want to follow Christ.” ~Louie Mossos, Attorney, Chicago.

“Captivating speaker to keep your people wanting more.” ~Dr. Paul Maier, author, professor WMU, noted speaker.

“Excellent motivator.” ~Fr. +Nicholas Kossis, Bethlehem, PA,

“Father helped our church in Waco to have a real future.” ~Vicki Klaras, Baylor U, Waco, TX.

“…will refresh your people with interesting stories of our Faith. Father knows Scriptures, Holy Tradition, history, chanting.. I know You can be very pleased with him helping you achieve your Retreat goals.” ~Fr. Michael Shanbour, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese.

“…reaches hearts to want to live the Gospel.” ~Geoff Bray (former) Ex. Director, Project Mexico

Fr. Angelo can be scheduled to speak at Your parish. His stipend will go to Share The Faith’s Missionary Priest Fund to America. Contact him today for this &/or anything related to Share the Faith via email: fre@sharethefaith.net

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