Father Demetri has been part of the
Annunciation Cathedral clergy staff since being ordained in
August of 2004 into the Holy Diaconate, and as an associate
priest since his ordination into the Holy Priesthood March 25,
2007. In both instances, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver was the
Prior to ordination, he was an active
member of the Annunciation community, together with his wife,
Presvytera Joana, since their arrival to Houston with their
two children Demetri and Evangeline (Evie) in July of 1979.
Their son Demetri is studying Law in Baltimore; and Evie has
completed her MBA degree, is married and living in Panama.
Since their arrival in Houston, he has
been practicing medicine (Urologic Surgery) while, at the same
time, active in hospital committees and serving on school
boards. In Park Plaza Hospital, his primary hospital, he
served on the Bylaws and Medical Executive committees as well
as Chief of Urology until taking a leave of absence to attend
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. In addition, he
was a member of the Awty International School board for six
years, serving as its President the last two years
(2001-2003). Currently, Father Demetri chairs the Ethics
Committee at Park Plaza Hospital.
His theological education and calling to
the Lord came later in his life. While practicing his
profession, a keen interest in theology emerged. Therefore,
still active in his practice, he entered into a program
leading to a Master in Theological Studies degree, which he
obtained in May, 2003 from the University of St. Thomas School
of Theology in Houston. It was during this time that he
received his calling to the Lord, and with the blessing of His
Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah, he temporarily closed his office
to pursue a Master in Theology from our Holy Cross in
Brookline, Massachusetts. Having completed his studies in
January of 2005, he returned, continued to serve as Deacon,
and resumed his medical practice. After having received his
Master of Theology degree from Holy Cross in May of 2007 and
being ordained into the Holy Priesthood in March of 2007, he
was assigned to the Cathedral as an associate pastor.
Father Demetri was born and raised in
the Republic of Panama of Greek Orthodox parents, Pavlos and
Evangelia Tagaropulos, in a tri-cultural and tri-language
environment. His early education was undertaken in the
American schools of the, then, U.S. Panama Canal Zone, except
for the three years (1957-60) when the family temporarily
moved to Greece. There he attended the Anglo-American Academy
in Kifissia. As a consequence of this diverse background, he
is not only intimately familiar with three distinct cultures
(American, Spanish, and Greek), but also is a native speaker
of English, Spanish, and Greek. After graduation from high
school he attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where
he undertook a pre-medical curriculum. This led to a Bachelor
of Arts degree (1969) with a distributed Science Major in
Chemistry, Zoology, and Psychology. Subsequently, he attended
the University of Panama School of Medicine where he graduated
in June, 1971; and two days before graduation married Joana
Milas. After an almost two year internship and social service
(as a medical doctor) in Panama, Presvytera Joana and Father
Demetri went to Detroit where each pursued their respective
professions, Law and Urologic Surgery respectively. Having
completed their training they returned for one year to Panama
where Father Demetri worked as a civilian Urologist at Gorgas
Army Hospital and Presvytera Joana as an attorney in the
General Counsel’s office of the Panama Canal Company.
Father Demetri currently practices
Urology and is active in hospital committees, while at the
same time serving as an Associate Pastor.
To contact Father Demetri, please e-mail him at
Father Daniel Payne
Father Dr. Daniel Payne was born to William and Linda
Payne, both of blessed memory, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He grew
up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended Union High School, where he
enjoyed playing football and served as class president.
Fr. Daniel met his wife Elizabeth at Bethany College in
1986; they were married in 1990 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
in Fort Collins, Colorado. They were received into Orthodoxy
through the sacrament of Chrismation at St. Catherine’s Greek
Orthodox Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado in 1994, after
spending several years in the Evangelical Orthodox Church.
Fr. Daniel is a 1990 graduate of Bethany College,
Lindsborg, Kansas with a B.A. in Sociology and
Religion/Philosophy. He graduated with a M.Div. from Holy
Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 1999. In 2006 he
earned the Ph.D. from Baylor University’s J.M. Dawson
Institute of Church-State Studies with a degree in Religion,
Politics, and Society.
Fr. Daniel was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in February,
2004 by His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver. From 2004
to 2010 he served as Deacon to Fr. Theodore Tsitsilianos at
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Waco, Texas. He was
ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Metropolitan Isaiah on
August 1, 2010.
Fr. Daniel also taught at Baylor University from 2001 to
2010 in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and the J.M. Dawson
Institute of Church-State Studies. He has taught courses on
Orthodoxy, globalization, civil religion, human rights,
biblical heritage and contemporary ethics, and religion and
Father Daniel and Presvytera Elizabeth have five children:
Katherine, Anna, Elise, Sophia and Timothy.
His book, The Revival of Political Hesychasm in
Contemporary Orthodox Thought is due out fall 2010 from
Lexington Books. He has several published articles in such
journals as Religion, State, and Society, Nationalities
Papers, Sobornost’, Faith and Economics, BYU Law Review,
Synaxis, and Stranitsy and forthcoming articles in
Journal of Ecumenical Studies and Journal of Church
One example of Father Daniel's work is his paper entitled Spiritual Security, the Russian Orthodox Church, and the Russian Foreign Ministry: Collaboration or Cooptation? . Also, here is a powerpoint presentation Father Daniel did on this subject in our Sunday School class.
To contact Father Daniel, please call 713-526-5377 x 258 or e-mail him at
Pastoral Assistant Gaby Gadah
Gaby Gadah was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1968 and immigrated to the United Statesat age two. He was raised in Sarasota, Florida and attended St. Barbra Greek Orthodox Church where he and his family were active in the life of theparish.
Upon graduating from high school he attended community college in Sarasota for one year. In 1987 he enlisted inthe United States Navy. Gaby proudly served in the Navy from 1987-1991. He was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea CV-43 and aboard the fast frigate USS Donald B. Beary FF-1085. Following his Honorable Discharge from the US Navy he returned to college and continued his education by earning an Associates of Arts from Manatee Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Florida. Gaby was employed in the corporate sector, working for Bank of America, Poe and Brown Associates and Verizon CreditInc.
Gaby left his corporate job with Verizon Credit in 2003 and began his studies atHoly Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Ma. graduating in 2008 with aMasters of Divinity.
After graduation in 2008, Gaby worked at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, Florida as the pastoral assistant/youth director until August 2011. Gaby's hobbies include physicalexercise, water sports, working on computers and spending time with family and friends. Gaby began his work as pastoral assistant and youth director at Annunciation Cathedral on August 1, 2012.
To contact Gaby, please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.