Fr. Photios Parks was appointed by Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa to be the parish priest on October 10, 2018. He succeeds Fr. John Zyboyovski , founder and leader of the parish for 25 years, who is now retiring and is named Pastor Emeritus.
Photios Parks was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in 2013 and began serving Saints Joseph and Andrew in 2017. On April 1, 2018 His Grace, Bishop Gregory, Titular Bishop of Nyssa, ordained him to the priesthhood. He has worked as a social worker for over a decade serving those who experience life on the fringes of society. Fr. Photios is maried to Pani Hannah, and together they have two beatuiful sons and live in a tiny house on wheels.
Fr. Photios has a PhD in Historical Theology, a MTh in practical Theology and has Undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Bible. He has his Diploma in Orthodox Theology and has taken coursework at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary and the Orthodox Pastoral School.
Fr. John Zboyovski earned his Pharmacy Degree from the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy and his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield Missouri, specializing in Radiology and Clinical Acupuncture. His theological academic progress was initially through the "Spiritual Direction" of the Reverend Father George Anthony Maloney (1924-2005) and then through Christ the Saviour Seminary in Johnstown PA.
Fr. Maloney's books are available on this website: contact Fr. John Zboyovski
Fr. John married Cynthia Jean Marie Kelly in 1975 and moved from Saint Louis Missouri to Asheville North Carolina in 1977.
The Lord blessed the marriage with three children: Kelly Ann, John II, and James, and eight grandchildren: Michael Wyatt, Benjamin Michael, Samuel James, William Michael, Eva Anne, Sophia Brianne, Ronan Andrew and Grady Robert.
The family converted from Roman Catholicism to the Eastern Orthodox Faith.
Fr. John was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by The Most Reverend Metropolitan Nicholas (Of Blessed Memory) at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown PA on the feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra, December 19, 1992.
With the responsibility of raising and guiding our three children now fulfilled, Fr. John, on June 2, 2004, set aside his health care professions of Pharmacy, Chiropractic, and Acupuncture to fully devote his calling to the priesthood and spiritual direction in the Tradition of Eastern Orthodox Spirituality [Stillpoint Contemplative Ministries].