Father Aris Metrakos, 2007

Father Aris Metrakos is Holy Trinity San Francisco's current presiding priest and the 24th presiding priest to serve at Holy Trinity. He is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The following biography was written prior to his arrival in San Francisco (see SF Metropolis article). At the end we have added to links to the many articles written by Father Aris and videos.  Father Aris' sermons are also available in an audio format on Holy Trinity's web site (click here).

Prior to coming to San Francisco, Father Aris served the community of Holy Trinity in Columbia, South Carolina. He also served as an Orthodox Christian chaplain to the University of South Carolina, and served the Orthodox Christian Fellowship chapter he founded.  Father Aris was ordained to the Diaconate in January 1988, and to the Holy Priesthood in January 1989.  Following ordination, he also served parishes in the Metropolises of Boston and Atlanta, prior to his assignment in Columbia, South Carolina.

After being ordained for 20 years, Presvytera Valerie and I recognized that it was time to take on a  bigger challenge and try to use some of the lessons I have learned through my years as a priest and apply them in a more dynamic setting", Fr. Aris stated.  "This is a move that the entire family is excited about, and Presvytera and I have great respect and personal affection for Metropolitan Gerasimos."

A contributing columnist to Orthodoxy Today, Father Aris has also been featured in The Presbyter and Praxis. He travels regularly to lead programs and retreats for adults, dealing with a variety of themes including Missions, Parish Renewal, Evangelism, Prayer, and Spirituality. He also has extensive experience in planning and leading large youth retreats. Through the summer of 2007, Father Aris was active in the Metropolis of Atlanta's St. Stephen Summer Camp, which he helped to establish in 1993. He has also worked with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center's ministry in Romania to find ways to strengthen their youth ministry through a variety of efforts, including leading two short-term mission teams.

Father Aris holds a Master of Divinity (Summa Cum Laude) from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, where he was student body president and the recipient of numerous awards for academic excellence. Prior to attending Holy Cross, Father Aris attended and graduated from the US Naval Academy with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  Designated a Naval Aviator, he flew the P-3C Orion with Patrol Squadron 49 in Jacksonville, FL, where he and Presvytera Valerie (Decker) met while singing together in the church choir. He is also a talented guitarist, an amateur linguist, and a former martial artist with two black belts in Karate.

Father Aris and Presvytera Valerie, a practicing lawyer, are blessed with two sons, Nicholas and Stefan. 

Articles Written by Fr. Aris Metrakos

Orthodoxy Today

2004-05-30 - S&M Soldiers: How Sexual Politics Has Undermined the U.S. Military

2006-01-18 - Is Your Parish a Cruise Ship or Battleship?

2006-03-23 - The Next Triumph of Orthodoxy

2006-04-03 - The Face of American Orthodoxy -  The Forgotten Perspective

2006-04-12 - Most Holy Theotokos Save Us

2006-05-19 - The DaVinci Code - Me Thinks We Protest Too Much

2006-06-04 - The Real Mixed Marriage Problem

2006-06-30 - Brother Can You Spare a Paradigm?

2006-07-25 - Baaaad Exegesis

2006-08-26 - There is an American Orthodoxy

2006-10-22 - A Marriage Made in Heaven - Longevity in the Pastorate

2006-11-20 - Spoiling for a Fight 

2006-12-05 - Hope From the Hill

2007-01-17 - Four Words That Can Make a Difference

2007-03-11 - Bless Your Heart!

2007-05-24 - Mission to Romania

2007-05-24 - Fun is not a Four Letter Word

2007-08-07 - On the Priesthood

2007-09-21 - Let's Get Real About Priestly Indiscretions

2007-12-07 - Pastoral Encounters of the Weird Kind

2009-01-27 - Podcast - Chain of Catastrophe


Videos of Fr.Aris Metrakos

Fr. Aris Metrakos - FDF 2011 Sermon


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