Meet our Family Wellness Ministry team members.
His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos
Metropolitan Gerasimos has devoted his entire life in service to the Lord. Born in Kalamata, Greece, he came to the United States in 1970 to study at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees, both with High Honors. Following more than three decades of service, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate selected him to be the new Metropolitan of San Francisco on February 22, 2005. The Enthronement for Metropolitan Gerasimos was held on April 2, 2005 at the Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, California. (from his bio page at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco)
Fr.Timothy serves the parish of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Portland, Oregon. A licensed marriage and family therapist, he was appointed Family Wellness Ministry Director in Feb. 2015, by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. An adjunct professor at George Fox University’s Graduate School of Counseling, Fr. Timothy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (1992) and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. A Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Fr. Timothy is also a national certified counselor, a Clinical Fellow in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator, a certified Gottman facilitator, and a certified clinical trauma professional. Over the past several years, Fr. Timothy has focused on marriage and parenting enrichment, interpersonal neurobiology and trauma. He and Presvytera Victoria have been married since 1995 and are raising their nine children.
Listed in alphabetical order by last name.
George Papageorge is a licensed psychotherapist, specializing in marriage and family counseling, and a popular seminar speaker who is in high demand nationwide. Working in the areas of empathy-based relationships, parenting with emotional intelligence, family systems therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and addiction recovery, George offers patients a path toward integrating sensible psychological insights within a solid Orthodox foundation. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and ancient biblical literature from Simpson College and a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy from Azusa Pacific University. George and his wife Kim have two children, Olivia, a college student, and Petros, a teenager.
For the past 23 years, Fr. James C. Pappas has been serving the parish of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Fresno, California. A full-time priest, he is a regular guest lecturer at Fresno Pacific University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in interior design from California State University, San Francisco, and earned a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. Fr. Jim was captain of the Clergy-Wellness goals for the Family Wellness Committee for the Strategic Planning Commission for the Metropolis of San Francisco and coordinates the annual clergy couple retreat and senior camp program for the Metropolis. He and his wife, Pres. Donna, served many years as the lead clergy couple for Orthodox Marriage Encounter and together have presented workshops and seminars for lay, clergy, and seminary couples. They continue to lead seminars and workshops dealing with family, teen and relationship issues.
Presvytera Donna Pappas is a reading intervention teacher for upper elementary students and also works as a regional consultant for an educational publisher, where she trains and coaches teachers in districts throughout central and northern California. After several years in the construction industry, she returned to school for a teaching credential. She completed her master’s degree in reading and language arts and earned a reading specialist credential at California State University Fresno. Prior to that, she graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a double major in architecture and construction. Pres. Donna also served as the coordinator for the Family Wellness Committee for the Strategic Planning Commission for the Metropolis. She has been a speaker for various Philoptochos events throughout the Metropolis and also enjoys partnering with her husband, Fr. James Pappas, to address family, teen and relationship issues.
For more than two decades, Presvytera Victoria Pavlatos has been serving alongside her husband, Fr. Timothy Pavlatos, currently of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church (Portland, Oregon) and Family Wellness Ministry Director. An award-winning photographer, who has been recognized internationally for her work, she homeschooled their nine children—ranging in ages from 3 to 20—before launching her own portraiture business, Tori Ava Photography. A retreat speaker on the topics of marriage and family, Pres. Vicki is a parenting expert and a dedicated member of the Family Wellness Ministry team, assisting with artistic direction and offering practical parenting wisdom. She is also the daughter of a Greek Orthodox priest.
Fr. Tom Tsagalakis serves as the priest of Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Shoreline, Washington. A former adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), he maintains a private practice in marriage and family therapy in Seattle. He also leads the Give Back Group, a support group for anyone challenged by any addiction or who has family or friends struggling with addictions. To date, it has served countless families, individuals and addicts suffering from porn, drug and alcohol and sex addiction as well as food disorders. Fr. Tom received his undergraduate degree from San Jose State University and completed a master’s degree in divinity from Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He also holds a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from SPU. He is married to Presvytera Pat. They have two grown children, Nicholas and Maria Sophia.
With words and music, Presvytera Pat Tsagalakis generously shares her gifts and talents with her church and community. She is best known for her willingness to live the command in Psalm 100: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!” Presvytera Pat and her husband, Fr. Tom, serve as guest speakers and retreat leaders at marriage and family seminars throughout the country. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Pres. Pat teaches music at St. John Catholic School in Seattle, Washington, and leads music and chanting at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Shoreline. She is also the Family Wellness Ministry Facebook coordinator and a contributor to Prez to Prez, an online ministry serving the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres. Pres. Pat has also been actively involved in Camp Agape NW, a Philoptochos ministry serving kids with cancer and their families.