Parish History

Fall 2001: Metropolitan Isaiah of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOAA), Metropolis of Denver mailed organizational meeting letters to families in Northern Colorado in an effort to gauge interest in extending Orthodoxy to the Northern Colorado region.

Nov. 13, 2001: At this organizational meeting, a handful of dedicated families assumed the task of organizing the interested families and began laying the foundation for which the church would flourish. The goal was to establish & grow an American Orthodox Church in Northern Colorado under the GOAA, Metropolis of Denver that embraced and taught the Orthodox Christian faith in the Byzantine style of worship and open to anyone interested in learning about the Orthodox faith.

Nov. 25, 2001: Fr. Peter Harrison of Cheyenne, WY was assigned as the interim priest and celebrated the first Divine Liturgy at the Palmer School of Floral Design, 2925 S. College Ave., Ft. Collins, CO.

Jan. 5, 2002: Officially incorporated as The Greek Orthodox Church of Fort Collins with Fr. Peter Harrison as the Priest and the following members as the founders: Steve Chacho (Chairman), Jon Tschetter (Co-Chair), Maria Brockhagen (Treasurer), Melanie Voegeli-Morris (Secretary), and Angela Palmer (Property Manager).

Jan. 20, 2002: The Greek Orthodox Church of Fort Collins outgrew the facility and moved to a warehouse in Northeast Fort Collins at 1101 Academy Court, Fort Collins, CO.

May 4, 2002: The Greek Orthodox Church of Fort Collins relocated to Saint Luke’s Episcopal Chapel at 2000 Stover Street, Fort Collins, CO. Celebrated the Resurrection Service as the first service at Saint Luke’s.

May 2004: The Parish was accepted as a mission parish into the GOAA, Metropolis of Denver. The first official interim parish council members appointed were: Jon Tschetter (President), Spiro Palmer (Vice President), Jason Mantas (Treasurer), Melanie Voegeli-Morris (Secretary), Joanne Ashmun, Mary Henning, Georgia Christopher, Dean Liringis, Suzanne Liringis, Diana Faaborg, Harry Souvall and served an 18-month term until official parish council elections took place in the fall of 2005.

January 2005: Completed the purchase of an interim church at 745 E. 5th Street, Loveland, CO. Began remodeling the sanctuary and fellowship hall.

June 2005: Remodel project completed for sanctuary and fellowship hall at 745 E. 5th Street in Loveland. Celebrated first Divine Liturgy in our interim church home.

October 2005: The Parish Assembly voted among 5 names that were pre-approved by Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver. Parish took on the name of Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker.

July 2007: Fr. Evan Armatas was officially assigned as the permanent priest for St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church.

2009: A planning committee was formed and presented a five-year facility plan recommendation to the parish in September 2010.

February 2011: The parish voted by an 84 percent majority to search for real property for the future home of Saint Spyridon Church.

March 2011: The Parish Council formed a search committee to locate viable properties for the future home of Saint Spyridon. With a community of 90 stewarding families, parishioners were eager to move to a permanent location that would provide for the parish’s ministries.

August 2014: At a Special Parish Assembly, the 90 parishioners in good standing that were present voted overwhelmingly in favor (98.9%) to purchase the property under contract, obtain a loan, and sell its current facility. His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver sent the parish a letter approving the decision of the special assembly and extended his blessing.

September 9, 2014: Saint Spyridon Church officially closed on property located at 807 West 29th Street in Loveland. It is 1.63 acres in size with three buildings totaling over 15,000 square feet.