Fr. Evan Armatas, Presbyter
Father Evan is the priest of Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox mission in Loveland, Colorado. Father Evan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Boston College with an emphasis in business management and Christian apologetics in 1991. He earned his Master of Divinity from Holy Cross in 2002 and served as an assistant priest for five years at Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Greenwood Village before being assigned as St. Spyridon’s first full time priest in August of 2007.
In 2002, Father Evan founded St. Nektarios Education Fund, a non-profit student education program. The fund, which he still manages, has established three schools in Africa with one on the way provided over 430 student scholarships delivering over $490,000 in student aide through its network partners of IOCC and OCMC. Father Evan is the Metropolis of Denver Director of Camp Emmanuel, its summer youth camping program, and currently serves as the Metropolis Clergy Council Vice President. You will find podcasts by Father Evan in our Podcast Library and you can listen to his live call-in radio show called Orhtodoxy Live on Ancient Faith Radio.
Father Evan and his wife Presbytera Anastasia are the happy parents of three daughters, Alexia, Eleni, Maria and a son Spyridon, they live in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Dn. Mark O’Dell, Deacon
Having retired from nearly 33 years of government service, Dn. Mark returned home to Colorado and joined the community at Saint Spyridon Church in 2010. Dn. Mark completed the St. Stephen’s course of studies and was ordained to the diaconate in 2003. He served for nearly 8 years as a deacon at Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Linthicum, MD. Dn. Mark received both his MBA and BS (Math) degrees from Colorado State University.
Sh. Ina O’Dell, Christian Education Director
With over 40 years of experience working with kids in churches, scouts, and homeschooling their 2 sons for 17 years, Sh. Ina finally became an Orthodox Church School teacher for the first time in 1995. Sh. Ina and her husband, Dn. Mark, are returning here after living out east where they were a part of Holy Cross Orthodox Church. God has given her a great love for the children at St. Spyridon as she serves as the Christian Educationl Director.
Emily Lum, Youth Director
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Emily graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan with a studio art degree. She has been working with various youth ministries since high school and now is thoroughly enjoying working with the “kids” of St. Spyridon ages 0 to 35. Contact her for any questions about the “extra-curricular” events for the youth. There’s always something going on!