Our Clergy and Staff
Our parish is led by a dynamic group of clergy and staff that brings the Orthodox Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ alive for our parish community and all those we encounter. We invite you to learn more about our Hierarchs, our clergy and pastoral team, and our support staff.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros
His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah
Our Clergy and Pastoral Staff
Fr. Peter A. DeFonce
Fr. Peter serves as Proistamenos at Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Lubbock, TX and travels to Saint John the Prodromos in Amarillo, TX to serve as our priest on a bi-weekly basis.
The following is a brief bio provided by St. Andrew's:
"Reverend Father Peter A. DeFonce, born and raised as a Roman Catholic in Upstate New York, was received by the Sacrament of Holy Chrismation into the Orthodox Church of America by His Beatitude Metropolitan +THEODOSIUS (Lazor) on December 5th, 1993, at the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Washington, DC. He graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, with a Bachelor of Science in the Arabic Language and Literature in May of 1994, and completed the Master of Divinity degree at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY, in May of 1997. He married Nadezhda Alexandrovna Smirnova, an elementary school teacher from Dzherzhinsky, Russia (a suburb of Moscow), on February 16th, 2003, and was subsequently ordained to both the Holy Diaconate (9/21/03) and the Holy Priesthood (12/5/04) by His Eminence Metropolitan +PHILIP (Saliba) of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Having served briefly as an Associate Pastor at St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cambridge, MA, Fr. Peter's first full-time assignment was as Pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of El Paso, TX, under His Grace Bishop +BASIL (Essey), from September of 2005 until July of 2006. Now, after several years serving here in Lubbock on-loan from the Antiochian Archdiocese, Fr. Peter has been incardinated into the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and is officially the Proistamenos of St. Andrew parish. He and his wife, Prva. Nadia, welcomed baby Lydia Ann DeFonce into their life on June 13th, 2011, and the happy family lives today within walking distance of the church."
-Bio courtesy of St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Lubbock, Texas
Our Parish Council
President: Dan Smith
Vice President: Natasha Hanson
Secretary: Julie Harrison
Treasurer: Rex Petrey
Other Council Members: