2017 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Bishop Gregory Tatsis
Bishop Gregory Tatsis is the ruling Hierarch of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. He grew up serving in his home parish of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte, NC and was a founding member of St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC, having served as a Sunday School teacher and parish council president in both churches. After working for more than 20 years in the field of Cardiovascular Research at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, he answered the call to the priesthood, earning a Masters of Divinity degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 2006.
During five years as a priest and Archimandrite he traveled around the Greek Metropolis of Atlanta as an Itinerate Preacher and Confessor, was given the task of directing all youth programs for the Metropolis, served for a year as the pastor of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Raleigh, NC, and was appointed as the dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in New Orleans, LA.
In 2012 a Special Assembly of Diocesan Priests of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese nominated Bishop Gregory to succeed Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos, and he was consecrated as Bishop at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown, PA on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. In July of 2013, in recognition of Bishop Gregory's experience in youth and young adult ministries, he was appointed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North America as Episcopal Liason to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Pan-Orthodox College Ministry.
Tim Tassopoulos is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Tim began his career at Chick-fil-A® as an hourly restaurant team member and later joined the corporate staff where he led the development of the free-standing restaurant concept, which opened in 1986 in Atlanta. Tim served in several other leadership roles throughout his 40 year career before being appointed to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2016.
Tim currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Oglethorpe University and on the Board of Advisors at the McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University. Tim is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America, and also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.
Tim graduated from Oglethorpe University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science and holds a master of business administration degree from Georgetown University. He is an active member of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta, Georgia.
Tim and his wife Maria have two sons.
Fr. Barnabas Powell
Fr. Barnabas is the host of Faith Encouraged LIVE on Ancient Faith Radio, and the author of the daily devotional Faith Encouraged Daily. He is a former Pentecostal pastor and graduate of Toccoa Falls College in Georgia, but eventually he discovered the Orthodox Church and followed a call to the priesthood. After graduating with a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, he became the priest at Sts. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, Georgia.
Through his blog at FaithEncouraged.org and his live call in show on Ancient Faith Radio, Fr. Barnabas has reached many with his magnetic personality and accessible approach to dealing with issues of faith, theology, and integrating those into daily life. He is also the author of A Faith Encouraged, runs a social media campaign called Orthodox On Purpose, and is currently working as the task force coordinator for the Outreach, Evangelism, and Philanthropy Team for the Greek Metropolis of Atlanta Strategic Plan.
Fr. Barnabas lives in Cumming, Georgia with his wife and daughters.
Cameron Lawrence is a published author and poet. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and attended the University of Arizona in Tucson where he graduated with a degree in Creative Writing and English. His poems having appeared or are forthcoming in West Branch, Whiskey Island, Forklift, Ohio, Asheville Poetry Review, Image, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Wildness, Verdad, Saint Katherine Review, and elsewhere. He has recently completed a full-length collection of poems and is now at work on a lyric play.
Cameron now lives in Decatur, Georgia and attends St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church with his wife and four young children.
Fr. Anthony Salzman
Father Anthony Salzman is both a full time priest and an active professional Byzantine iconographer. He received his M.Div. in 1989 from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts and then went on to study Byzantine Iconography in Greece, apprenticing and studying Byzantine Art History at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Icons he has painted can be found in churches in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, and Mexico City and in homes all over the United States.
Fr. Anthony was appointed as the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Southeast Regional Director and travels to Universities around the country presenting on Iconography: Art and Faith as an official OCF representative, educating and inspiring his audiences on campuses about Christ and His Church. He also is a Visiting Lecturer at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, presenting on the theology of icons, and is a long time member of the UGA CMA (College Ministers Association).
Fr. Anthony has been the priest at St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church since 1999. He and his wife Christine have two sons.
Fr. Nicholas Louh, PhD and
Pres. Roxanne Louh, PhD
Rev. Dr. Nicholas Louh graduated from the University of North Florida and entered seminary at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts, earning both a Masters Masters of Divinity (1999) and a Masters of Theology (2000). He then attended Gordon Cornwell Theological Seminary where he earned a Doctorate of Ministry (2003) with an emphasis on Pastoral Counseling in the urban ministry. Fr. Nicholas now serves as the Vicar for the Eastern Florida Conference of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta and a member of Greek Orthodox Church Archdiocese Council. He is also an Adjunct Professor of World Religions at the Florida State College at Jacksonville and is the chaplain for the Jacksonville Sharks Arena Football Team.
Presbytera Dr. Roxanne Louh, a native of Gainesville, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Jacksonville, Florida, where she uses her extensive training in private practice. After graduating from the University of Florida, she earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Her second Masters degree and her Doctorate are in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. She is in great demand both as a therapist and as a speaker with expertise in a variety of concerns, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, marriage and parenting issues, and eating disorders, and is frequently invited to present to national groups, schools, and churches across the country.
Fr. Nicholas and Pres. Roxanne host a live call-in radio show called “Healthy Minds | Healthy Souls", which can be found on Ancient Faith Radio on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 8pm. They serve at the parish of St. John the Divine in Jacksonville, Florida and have two children.
Dcn. Gabe Aldridge
Gabe Aldridge is the co-founder and CEO of The SuperGroup, an innovative technology company that has led projects for the likes of the US State Department, Disney, and Coca-Cola. His work in design and technology started in 1994 in the music and multimedia software industry where he created projects for bands and musicians such as Chris Cornell, Sonic Youth, No Doubt, Blues Traveler, and Weezer.
Gabe graduated from Georgia State University with a BA in Philosophy and then went on to co-found The SuperGroup which focuses on creating "interactive attractions", adding an engaging technological component to advertising campaigns. He both spearheads new business initiatives as the company's CEO and oversees the design department. Outside of his company, he teaches an honor level course every year at St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy.
Deacon Gabe lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his family and serves at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church.
Dr. Despina Prassas
Dr. Despina Prassas, daughter of Rev. George E. and Pres. Katherine Prassas, is an Associate Professor of Theology at Providence College located in Providence, RI, and an adjunct faculty member in Church History at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Dr. Prassas earned a Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross and a doctoral degree in Historical Theology from The Catholic University of America, DC. She has represented the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at ecumenical meetings sponsored by the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches. Her first book, St. Maximus the Confessor’s Questions and Doubts, was the first English language translation of the work. She has also published articles in conjunction with The International Association of Orthodox Dogmatic Theologians, as well as other publications. Her areas of interest include the writings of St. Maximus the Confessor, early Christian monasticism, and ecumenism. She also serves on the Board of Saint Catherine’s Vision.
Dr. Prassas currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.