Father Jim's Biography

Fr. Jim

On Sunday, November 1, 2020, Fr. Elias (Lou) Nicholas comes to us as the new presiding priest of our parish. Father Lou was assigned as Proestamenos of our community and is returning to the Parish he grew up in.

Fr. Lou was born in Brooklyn, NY. At five years old his family moved to Centereach, Long Island, making this Church their spiritual home.

Fr. Lou attended Ward Melville High School. He graduated from Suffolk County Community College in 2002. He attended Hellenic College where he received his Bachelor Degree in Religious Studies in 2004. In 2008, Fr. Lou earned his Masters of Divinity.

In November of 2008 Fr. Lou and Presvytera Tammy were married, and in December 30, 2012 there son John Nektarios was born.

On April 5, 2009, Fr. Lou was ordained to the deaconate at St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Blue Point, NY.

On June 1, 2009 he was assigned to St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church and ordained to the priesthood on July 26, 2009 at St. Paraskevi. Where he stayed on as the assistant priest.  In September 2014, Fr. Lou became the Proestamenos of St. Paraskevi and remained there until August of 2020.

Fr. Lou is happy and excited to begin a new chapter in the church where he grew up.

"It is good to be home." -Fr. Lou

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31