Father Jordan Brown has been a priest for eighteen years. He is the son of Greek parents (George and Kyriaki) that came to the United States in 1961 (his family's Greek name is Argetis). He was born in Texas but grew up in Denver Colorado where he developed a love for the mountains and the outdoors. Father Jordan is a 1993 graduate of Holy Cross with a Masters in Divinity. He was ordained to the Diaconate and in short order to the Priesthood that same year. His first assignment was at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas, Texas, where he served as an assistant priest for four years. In 1997 he was assigned to be the first full time priest of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, Texas. From 1997 to 2009 he was instrumental in fueling the growth of the Parish. Indicators of the results of his efforts include the not so small task of building a new Church with the "Thyranixia" celebrated in 2005, and more importantly doubling the size of their Sunday school, establishing adult education classes as well as a Greek School for children and adults, establishing his Parish as the home to the http://www.ocf.net/pages/about1.aspx OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship), of the University of Texas, and leading service trips with youth to the Hogar Raphael Orphanage in Guatemala. Father Jordan's track record shows that he enjoys serving the youth and young adult ministries of the Church. He also contributed by serving as a volunteer at Fort Hood Army Base, located near Austin, when an Orthodox Army chaplain was not assigned to the base.
Father Jordan has been married to Presbytera Marika for nineteen years. They have four children. Presbytera is an accomplished musician with an emphasis in voice and piano. She has sung in choirs and has chanted her entire life. She established a Byzantine choir in Austin as well as a children's choir. Also, you may have heard of Eikona, a group formed by Presbytera Marika and her two sisters that has recorded their favorite hymns as well as original compositions.
Father Deacon David received a BA in Slavic Languages and Social Sciences, plus a Certificate of Central-East European Studies, with minor emphasis on Byzantium and Early Church History, in 1969 from PSU. He studied his junior year at the Univ. of Zagreb, Croatia. He received an MA in Russian and Chinese History in 1976 from PSU. He holds Teaching Certificates in Social Science, English, and Russian, and taught all three subjects for 31 years at Parkrose High School. He was tonsured to the Sub-diaconate in the Russian Orthodox Church in 1978. In 1999 he was ordained a deacon in the Greek Orthodox Church and currently serves as the Cathedral Cathechist. He is married to Diakonissa Barbara and they have three grown children.