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.
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 for the community. 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.
Fr. Chris has been involved not only in growing his communities from the inside out, but also has worked diligently to grow the Church in the outside community, especially in the greater Springfield Area through volunteer work, classes, media interviews, and natural disaster relief efforts.
In 2009, he published a children's book called Alexander Discovers the Cross and has also published several prayer books and liturgical translations.
In 2019, he was selected by the Archdiocesan director of the Center for Family Care to be trained on how to reach out to fellow clergymen for Peer Training Groups within the Metropolis. He was assigned to St. Spyridon Cathedral on October 1, 2019.
He currently lives in Holden with his wife. Both daughters are college graduates involved with the Young Adult Ministries of the Metropolis.