Welcome to the website for the Family Life Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta.
We inspire individuals and families in our communities to live Orthodoxy in the home.
We serve our faithful through a daily updated website, dynamic seminars and retreats, as well as creative and engaging materials.
…in Awareness. Our resources are meant to be proactive and preventative. We strive, not only to help make others aware of how to better their families, we also impart encouragement about what is working, through humor and creativity.
…in Not Reinventing the Wheel: No parish should have to “reinvent the wheel” when it comes to ministries and programs. We want all our parishes to consult this website, where we will have the templates for programs and resources.
…in Collaboration. Instead of a “top-down mentality”, we hope to establish a network where each parish will communicate and use the resources available to all their sister parishes.
METROPOLITAN ALEXIOS OF ATLANTA
Rev. +Fr. Paul Kaplanis, Spiritual AdvisorFather Paul Kaplanis graduated from Western ConnecticutState University in 1979, with a B.S. Degree in Social Science and History. In September 1979, he entered HolyCross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. On June 27, 1982, Father Paul and Presbytera Evi (Spiliopoulou) Kaplanis were married at the Dormition Greek Orthodox Church in Danbury. In 1983, he graduated with his Master’s of Divinity Degree and upon receiving the Taylor Scholarship, Father Paul enrolled in the Master’s Program at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. After one year, he returned to the U.S and was ordained by His Grace Bishop Philip to the Holy Diaconate at his hometown parish on October 28, 1984 and to the Holy Priesthood on November 11, 1984. Father Paul was bestowed with the Offikia, (office) of father confessor and stavroforos by Bishop Philip and on September 2002, His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios bestowed upon Father the Offikion of Protopresbyter. Father Paul is the Dean of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Atlanta, Georgia.
Paula Marchman, MA, LPC, Managing DirectorEducated at Georgia State University, Paula Marchman received her B.S. in Biology/Chemistry and taught private school for several years. She left teaching to raise a family and became a well-known designer in the southeast. After being widowed, she worked for the Metropolis of Atlanta as Youth and Education Coordinator prior to returning to school in 2004, where received her M.A. in Professional Counseling. She practices Christian Psychotherapy, specializing in individual and couple therapy in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Paula is a member of the American Counseling Association. As managing director, she writes course curricula, blog posts, and articles; she also teaches psycho-educational events, leads family and marriage retreats for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta, and trains others. She and her husband Thomas enjoy their children and grandchildren who also reside in Atlanta. They are members of the Cathedral of the Annunciation and love teaching Catechetical School. Email Paula Marchman.
Rev. +Fr. Gregory Georgiou, M.Div., MA, LCP, Asst. Dir. of Pre-Marital ProgrammingFather Gregory Georgiou is a priest in the Metropolis of Atlanta. He is a Ph.D candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and a Master of Arts in Community Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of North Carolina and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). As Director of Pre-marital programming, Father Georgiou plans and implements the training of clergy and lay facilitators for the Archdiocesan Journey of Marriage program. He also travels throughout the Metropolis conducting the Journey of Marriage seminar in parishes.
Nick Kostopoulos, Blog DirectorNick Kostopoulos was born and raised in a large extended family, and is member of the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Atlanta Georgia. In May of 2012, he graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts with a B.F.A. in Writing for Screen and Television. After graduation, he sharpened his skills by working as a development assistant for a screenwriter, John Romano. He has also worked as longtime reader for the online BlueCat Screenplay Competition and for Sumatra Films, as well as a staff writer for an online publication, Medium Rare. He has two produced short scripts to his credit, and is working on his first novel.
Edna King, Education and Curricula Writing
Edna King is a former teacher and preschool director. She earned a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Early Childhood Education. She and her husband Mark are parishioners at Saint Elias in Decatur, Georgia. Mark directs the choir and Edna assists in the church Bookstore. Mark and Edna have four children. Edna’s oldest child is an adult, her youngest child is in heaven after a lengthy battle with cancer, and her middle children are adopted boys from Ukraine. Edna is one of the authors of Woven, a book for teen girls, as well as articles for Family Life Ministry and the Sounding Blog on OCN. As a writer and member of the Family Life Ministry team, she brings a unique perspective on parenting to her role in Family Life Ministries and draws upon her varied life experiences, 17 years of teaching, and the Orthodox faith to help other parents with their challenges.Email Edna King.
Fran Tucker, Financial Advisor
FAMILY LIFE MINISTRY STAFF WRITERS AND ADVISORS:
Presbytera Kelly Lawrence, Staff Writer
Presbytera Kelley is the wife of Father Robert Lawrence, who serves at St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Mooresville, NC. They have four young children and strive to raise them in a Christian home and community full of love, peace, and joy. Presbytera Kelley is a board-certified family physician and Associate Program Director for the Novant Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Cornelius, NC. She practices full spectrum family medicine; within that, she particularly enjoys maternal-child care, including low-risk prenatal/obstetric care and breastfeeding medicine.
Presbytera Roxanne Louh, Staff Writer
Presbytera Roxanne Louh is a licensed clinical psychologist who works and resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Rev. Dr. Nicholas Louh, the priest at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church. Her practice is an outpatient practice treating adults, adolescents and their families along a variety of concerns, including: depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders and eating disorders. She places great value on the role of faith in terms of providing a framework for the installation of hope, strength and support.
Presbytera Jocelyn Mathewes, Staff Writer and PhotographerPresbytera Jocelyn Mathewes is a photographer, designer, artist, and mother of three. With a degree in English and Studio Art from Messiah College, she has worked as a graphic designer for several non-profits, taught at various summer camps, and written articles for Touchstone magazine and Christian Reflection. She lives with her husband Fr. Stephen Mathewes, pastor of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Rev. Deacon Stephen Muse, Staff Writer
Rev. Dn Stephen Muse, PhD, LMFT, CCMHC is the author of When Hearts Become Flame and Being Bread, published by St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press. He is Director of Education & Training at the Pastoral Institute, Inc. in Columbus, Georgia where he directs a national Clergy (and spouse) wellness program. He and Diakonissa Claudia have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Their parish is Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Mission in Columbus.
Father George Tsahakis, Staff Writer
Fr. George Tsahakis serves as Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis (Diocese) of Atlanta and Pastor at St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church in Peachtree City, Georgia. He has earned degrees from The College of William and Mary (B.S.), Duke University (M.H.A.), and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (M.Div.). After serving as a hospital administrator, he was ordained a Deacon and then a Priest. He and his wife, Marinda, have been married for nearly 36 years and they have three adult children: John (married to Angie), Andrew, and Katie (married to Steven), and a granddaughter, Evie.
*Not listed within the structure above are committee advisors Dr. Phillip Mamalakis, PhD, assistant professor of pastoral care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and Mrs. Melissa Tsongranis, assistant director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Department of Marriage and Family.