Rev. Fr. John Kostas was ordained to the priesthood in 1995 after a 16-year career in government and politics in the New York State legislature and on Capitol Hill. While in Washington, Father John earned a master’s degree in ancient Greek at the University of Maryland. He then earned a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, graduating with highest honors as class valedictorian.

Ordained by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, Fr. John began his pastoral career as assistant priest at St. Mary’s. In 2001, he was granted a Leadership 100 scholarship to pursue advanced studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, receiving the degree of Master of Theology in 2005, with a thesis on the earliest existing manuscript of St. John Chrysostom’s Homilies on the Gospel of Matthew.

Fr. John has served parishes in Pittsfield, MA, Knoxville, TN, Martin’s Ferry, OH, and Nassau, Bahamas. He also served first as an assistant chaplain under the late Rev. Fr. Thomas Hopko at the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA.

Fr. John enjoys sharing the fruits of his studies through preaching and Bible studies. He has traveled widely in Greece and Turkey, and has visited many of the major sites of early Christianity. He continues his study of ancient Greek, particularly Homer, archaic Greek poetry and Greek tragedy. Fr. John and Presbytera Janis Kostas have been married for 38 years. Presbytera Janis is a retired public health nurse and a great friend of animals.