Fr. Paul Jannakos was born in E. St. Louis Ill., and grew up in Golden Colorado. In September of 1976 he began his studies as a pre-theological student at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in NY, also taking courses at Concordia College/NY in Bronxville. He has served at St. Luke’s since December of 2015. In 1980 he graduated from Concordia College with a B.A. in Music. He graduated in 1983 with a M. Div. degree from St. Vladimir’s and was married to Michelle (Julylia) Jannakos in Cleveland Ohio, the year before, in 1982.
Fr. Paul was ordained to the holy priesthood on March 3rd, 1985 by Bishop Boris in Chicago at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral. Since his ordination, Fr. Paul has served in parishes in Minnesota (St. Mary’s Cathedral), Montana (St. Nicholas), and Michigan (Sts Peter & Paul, St. Nicholas, and St. Mary Magdalene). After his four children graduated from high school, he began studies in professional counseling at the University of Detroit/Mercy and graduated with a Dual Master Degree (MA) in Community and Addictions Counseling (2010).
In addition to his pastoral work at St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church for the last 13 years, Fr. Paul also works as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) for Ethos Counseling Group. He served for many years as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Flint Institute of Music (FIM) and the Flint School of Performing Arts (FSPA). He loves to compose music, garden, and fly-fish.
1. The Rector is the pastor of the parishioners: he is entrusted by the diocesan authority with the duties of teaching them the rules of the orthodox faith and of the Christian life, of celebrating public divine services and rites according to the ecclesiastical order, of administering the holy sacraments, and guidance in Christian life. He is the spiritual father of the whole life and activities of his parish, its spiritual growth, and enlightenment, its orthodoxy and moral progress.
2. Besides his pastoral and liturgical duties, he: Implements and supervises parish ministries; Presides over all parish meetings, and is ex-officio member of all committees; Approves the agendas for all regular, annual and special meetings of the parish and council and reviews and signs the minutes of the same; Keeps records of baptisms, weddings, chrismations, funerals, and forwards any and all appropriate reports; Keeps the parish seal and registers marriages according to civil law; Oversees implementation of the decisions of the All-American Councils, of the Diocesan Assemblies, of the Diocesan Bishop, of the District Dean, of the annual and special meetings of the parish and council; Is responsible for the supervision of additional clergy who may be appointed or assigned by the Diocesan Bishop.
Rector’s Annual Report 2017