Rev. Fr. Christopher Stamas
Fr. Chris was born and raised in Lowell, MA and graduated from the University of (Massachusetts) Lowell in 1989 with a degree in Industrial Technology. After working in the field for five years, he left his position and enrolled in Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 1994. Simultaneously, he met and married his wife, Penny, who has given him two beautiful daughters, Christiana and Elaina. During his time at Holy Cross, he was selected to be the driver for Archbishop Iakovos, to represent the youth of America at the first Council of Hellenes Abroad in Thessaloniki, and to represent the Diocese of Boston on the National Board of the Young Adult League. At the end of his third year, he was ordained a deacon on May 11, 1997. He was ordained a priest on September 21, 1997 and immediately assigned to St. Demetrios Church in Weston, MA as the assistant to Rev. Dr. Nicholas C. Manikas.
In May of 1998, Fr. Chris graduated with high distinction from Holy Cross with a Masters of Divinity degree. On October 1, 2001, he was assigned to St. George Cathedral in Springfield, MA. During his time in Springfield, Fr. Chris implemented a stewardship program, and an endowment incentive program that have seen remarkable results. He has seen the number of youth increase and their participation in camp and other programs grow significantly. In addition, he has hosted retreats, trips to various religious sites including the Holy Lands in 2017.
In 2007, as the Patriarch of Constantinople and the Pope of Rome declared 2008-2009 as the year of St. Paul, the Roman Bishop of Springfield appointed Fr. Chris to a commission made up of local theologians, biblical scholars and pastors. In 2009, he published a children's book called Alexander Discovers the Cross and has also published several prayer books and liturgical translations. Fr. Chris is occasionally asked to speak on the topic of Ecumenical Relations and the views of the Orthodox Church for the Springfield Council of Churches and other related agencies. He continues his work studying and teaching Purist Greek, having taught classes for both parishioners and groups outside the Church. He is presently writing a book to teach laypeople this liturgical language throughout the country.
As a musician since his youth, he occasionally writes liturgical music for his choir and was recognized for his abilities by the Metropolis of Boston Federation of Church Musicians during their annual conference held in Springfield in 2012. In 2013, he was elected to the board of the Springfield Council of Churches. He is an active leader of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship program at UMass Amherst and Smith College. Fr. Chris was the founder of the Fellowship of Orthodox Churches of Western Massachusetts, a council of canonical Orthodox Churches in the Greater Springfield area encompassing the Greek, Antiochian, and Russian Churches. He continues to live in Longmeadow with his wife and two daughters.