The Metropolis Council is the advisory and consultative body to the Metropolitan and is concerned with the life and growth of the Metropolis, its ministries, institutions and financial condition. It is comprised of the Metropolitan, the Chancellor, eight (8) Clergy of the Metropolis and eight (8) Laity elected by the Metropolis Clergy-Laity Assembly, and eight (8) appointees by the Metropolitan from the Clergy and Laity, plus a number of representatives of important institutions and groups associated with the life of the Metropolis (like the Philoptochos Society, Choir Federation, Leadership 100, etc.).
The Council meets three times per year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) and has committees that work to develop our Youth and Young Adult ministries, Religious Education, Greek Education & Culture, Stewardship, fiscal responsibility, proper administration, and relationships with other Orthodox Churches and Christian denominations. Its members hail from all four regions of the Metropolis and represent a very experienced, educated, and innovative leadership team that aids the ministry of His Eminence and his staff and volunteers.
2016-2018 Metropolis Council:
His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, Hierarch and Chairman
Archon Dr. Nicholas Loutsion, Vice-Chairman (All Saints GOC, Canonsburg, PA)
Archon Peter Clyde Papadakos, Esq., Secretary (Dormition of the Theotokos GOC, Oakmont, PA)
Archon Steve Sellas, Treasurer (St. Spyridon GOC, Clarksburg, WV)
Mrs. Crystal Thomas, Philoptochos President (St. Demetrios GOC, Rocky River, OH)
Rev. Fr. Nicholas Halkias, Syndesmos President (Holy Trinity GOC, Steubenville, OH)
Rev. Fr. Joseph Z. DiStefano (St. Nicholas GOC, Youngstown, OH)
Rev. Fr. George S. Callos, Chancellor
Rev. Fr. Christopher Bender (St. Nicholas Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA)
Rev. Fr. Michael Ellis (Sts. Constantine and Helen GOC, Mansfield, OH)
Rev. Fr. Hector Firoglanis (Annunciation GOC, Lancaster, PA)
Rev. Fr. Jerry Hall (Annunciation GOC, Akron, OH)
Rev. Fr. Michael Kallaur, Metropolis Rep to Archdiocesan Council (Holy Cross GOC, Pittsburgh, PA)
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Lillios (Holy Trinity GOC, Ambridge, PA)
Rev. Fr. George Livanos (All Saints GOC, Canonsburg, PA)
Rev. Fr. John Touloumes (Holy Trinity GOC, Pittsburgh, PA)
Rev. Fr. Demetrios Tsikouris (St. John the Divine GOC, Wheeling, WV)
Mr. Harry Athanasiou (Holy Trinity GOC, Pittsburgh, PA)
Ms. Rhea Ballas, Youth & Young Adult Ministries Director
Archon Nicholas Chakos (Holy Cross GOC, Pittsburgh, PA)
Archon Angelo Coutris, Leadership 100 Representative (St. Demetrios GOC, Rocky River, OH)
Ms. Mary Doreza (Ypapanti GOC, East Pittsburgh, PA)
Dr. Peter Gagianas, THEOS Board Vice-Chairman (Holy Trinity GOC, Pittsburgh, PA)
Mr. Jim Ganotis (Annunciation GOC, Cleveland, OH)
Mrs. Sundy Gulu (Annunciation Cathedral, Columbus, OH)
Archon Michael Kusturiss Jr. (All Saints GOC, Canonsburg, PA)
Archon Nick Lekas (Annunciation GOC, Akron, OH)
Mr. George Mouhlas (St. Nicholas Cathedral, Bethlehem, PA)
Archon H. Steven Poulos (Holy Trinity GOC, Canton, OH)
Mr. George Spanos (Holy Trinity Cathedral, Camp Hill, PA)
Mrs. Maria Stamoolis, Metropolis Greek Education Director (St. Nicholas Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA)
Mr. Peter Tsudis (St. Nicholas Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA)
Archon Peter Vatsures, MEFGOX Representative (Annunciation Cathedral, Columbus, OH)
Mrs. Tulla Velisaris (St. Nicholas Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA)
Archon Philip Yamalis (Holy Cross GOC, Pittsburgh, PA)
Council Committees & Co-Chairs
Administration: Fr. John Touloumes & Archon Nick Lekas
Building & Grounds: Fr. Nicholas Halkias & Mr. Peter Tsudis
Clergy-Laity Assembly: Mrs. Tulla Velisaris
Communications: Fr. Michael Kallaur & Archon Nick Lekas
Ecumenical: Fr. Christopher Bender
Finance: Fr. George Livanos & Archon Steve Sellas
Greek Education: Fr. Michael Varvarelis & Mrs. Tulla Velisaris
Legal: Fr. George Callos & Archon Peter Clyde Papadakos
Metropolis Stewardship & Fundraising
New Metropolis Center: Archon Michael Kusturiss Jr.
Religious Education Commission: Archon Philip Yamalis
Stewardship, Outreach, & Evangelism Fr. Jerry Hall & Archon H. Steven Poulos
St. Photios Awards Banquet: Fr. George Callos & Ms. Mary Doreza
Youth Commission: Fr. Alexandros Petrides & Archon Nicholas Chakos
The Duties of the Local Metropolis Council
(From the Uniform Metropolis Regulations, part of the Archdiocesan Regulations, revised in 2007. An up-to-date copy can be found at http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/documents/upr)
Section 1: The Local Council is the advisory and consultative body to the Metropolitan and is concerned with the life and growth of the Metropolis, its ministries, institutions and financial condition.
Section 2: The Local Council shall be comprised of the Metropolitan, the Chancellor, eight (8) Clergy of the Metropolis and eight (8) Laity elected by the Local Assembly as a whole, as well as appointees by the Metropolitan from the Clergy and Laity totaling no more that eight (8) persons. Legal Counsel for the Metropolis may attend meetings of the Local Council, at the request of the respective Hierarch. Its members shall serve for a two-year term commencing at the conclusion of each Congress.
Section 3: The appointed members of the Local Council serve at the pleasure of the Metropolitan and may be removed by him at any time with a proper explanation. The elected members of the Local Council may be removed for any of the reasons specified in the Regulations pertaining to the members of the Archdiocesan Council. (See Article 18, Sections 1 through 3). All voting members of the Local Council shall execute the Disclosure Statement (attached hereto as Addendum A-2) pursuant to the Disclosure Policy (attached hereto as Addendum A) prior to assuming their office.
Section 4: Meetings and Interim Authority:
A. The Local Council shall be convened at least twice annually by the Metropolitan as well as in special session as he may determine, together with the reason(s) ttherefor.
B. The Local Council exercises interim authority in lieu of the Local Assembly when:
1. So convened by the Metropolitan; and
2. Advised as to the purpose and necessity therefor.
Section 5: In addition to the Metropolitan as President, the Local Council shall have a Vice President, who shall be a lay person, a Secretary, a Treasurer and such additional officers as nominated by the Metropolitan and elected at the first meeting of the Local Council following the Congress. Neither the Vice President nor the Treasurer shall serve in their respective offices for more than six (6) consecutive years, unless the Metropolitan waives this restriction.
Section 6: Standing and Other Committees: The charges of the Local Council standing committees and such other committees as may be established by the Local Council shall be approved by the Local Council. The standing committees shall be the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee.