Father George Liacopulos
Our parish priest, Father George Liacopulos, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 1, 1961. He grew up in Marlboro, MA and also spent a considerable amount of his childhood in Baltimore, MD.
In 1979, Father George graduated from Marlboro High School and in 1983 he completed his B.A. with a major in Religion at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In addition, to Religion, Father George studied Philosophy, Psychology, History, Anthropology, Sociology, and Greek Studies.
In 1986, he received his Master of Divinity Degree at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. During these years, he became president of the School’s Mission Society, thus inspiring his ongoing love and support of the missionary work done by our Church.
For the next two years, Father George served as a lay assistant at the Assumption Cathedral in Denver, Colorado under Fr. Christopher Metropoulos.
In the fall of 1988, our priest traveled back east to begin his doctoral studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. In June of 1996, he successfully defended his dissertation and received his Ph.D. in the field of Mission, Ecumenics, and the History of Religion. His dissertation is titled, A Comparative Study of Selected Orthodox Missiological Approaches Emerging in Contemporary American Society.
In 1991-93, he served as the lay assistant at St. Luke Church in Broomall, PA under Father George Gregory.
During this time, he met his wife, Voula Doulis, from Philadelphia, PA. The couple was married at St. George Cathedral on August 22, 1993.
Father’s first assignment as a second priest was at St. George Cathedral in Philadelphia, PA under Father Demetrios Katerlis.
In August of 1995, Father and Presvytera arrived here in Egg Harbor Township, NJ to serve our parish. Over the years, they have been deeply appreciative of the love and fellowship that they have shared with the many faithful here at Holy Trinity.
In 1990, Father George became the co-founder of the Society for the Study of Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism. This organization hosted ecumenical dialogues between Orthodox and Evangelical theologians for twelve years.
In 1992, Father George became a board member of the soon-to-be Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Currently, he is serving as president of the board of directors. During these years, he has been blessed with the opportunity to lead mission teams to Korea, and twice to Mexico.
In 2000, our priest’s first book, Lights of the Modern World: Orthodox Christian Mission and Evangelism in the United States, was published. In 2007, he edited a major volume in honor of the Reverend Doctor Demetrios Constantelos. This Festschrift is titled, Church and Society: Orthodox Christian Perspectives, Past Experiences, and Modern Challenges, Studies in Honor of Demetrios J. Constantelos. Over the years, he has written other articles that have been published for academic and popular journals.
In the past, Father George was also blessed with the opportunity to teach classes on Orthodox Christian Mission and Evangelism at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. In recent years, he has been offering a course on Early Christianity at Richard Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey.
As a priest of the Metropolis of New Jersey, Father George has served on the Metropolitan Council, our Delaware Valley Youth Commission, the Divorce Tribunal, and the Camp Good Shepherd Commission.
Father George and Presvytera Voula are also most thankful for their two sons, Peter and John.
Theodore the Tyro, Great Martyr; Mariamne, Sister of Apostle Philip; Righteous Auxentius; The Pious Rulers Marcian and Pulcheria; Theodore the New Martyr of Byzantium; Hermogenes (Germogen), Patriarch of Moscow