History of our Church

The History of the Archangel Michael Church

In 1980, a very small but determined group set out to establish a Greek Orthodox Church in the Town of North Hempstead. With a great deal of enthusiasm and contributions from the founding members, the Roslyn Heights Church at 108 Warner Avenue was purchased and the first Divine Liturgy was celebrated on February 15, 1981. On March 1, 1984, Fr. Dennis Strouzas was appointed as the third full time priest at the Archangel Michael Church and has been assisted by Fr. Nikolas Karloutsos since August 2012.

After more than twenty-five years, the Archangel Michael community had outgrown its original home. On August 6, 2004 plans for a new church were realized with the purchase of 100 Fairway Drive in Port Washington. On September 25, 2006, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios broke ground for the church to be built. In the spring of 2007, construction began. The first Divine Liturgy at the new site was celebrated on October 4, 2009 in the Fellowship Hall, redesigned as our temporary sanctuary.

On December 22, 2012 we celebrated the Thyranixia (“Opening of the Doors”) when his Eminence Archbishop Demetrios opened the doors to our sanctuary for the first time and offered a special blessing and service. The Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church opened its doors to its permanent spiritual home, ushering in a new era for the community, one with great opportunity and commitment from its parish, and boundless possibilities to spread our faith and love in the Lord.

On April 25, 2015, the Archangel Michael Church was Consecrated and Dedicated to God, for eternal use as an Orthodox Christian House of Worship, by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.



Highlights in the History of the Archangel Michael Church

June, 1980—Organization meeting

February 15, 1981—Fr. P. Nicholas Papageorge celebrates the first divine liturgy

September, 1981—Greek Language Institute

December 20, 1981—Naming of the church

July 1, 1982—Fr. Christopher Metropoulos becomes the first full-time priest

March 1, 1984—Fr. Dennis Strouzas becomes third full-time priest

December 21, 1986—Dedication of Iconostasis

November 1990—10th Anniversary

2000—Fr. Jim Kordaris joins as second priest

February 2003—Fr. Sean Govostes becomes new second priest

August 6, 2004—Closing on the purchase of Port Washington property

September 9, 2006—Fr. Evan Evangelides assigned to AMC

September 25, 2006—Liturgy in honor of Groundbreaking celebrated at new property by His Emminence Archbishop Demetrios

August 2, 2009—Final Divine Liturgy at Roslyn Heights church is celebrated

August 6, 2009—Closing on the sale of Roslyn Heights property

October 4, 2009—First Divine Liturgy in Port Washington celebrated in Fellowship Hall/Temporary Church

June 2011—Fr. Evan is assigned to Church of Annunciation in Stamford, CT

August 1, 2012—Deacon Nikolas Karloutsos and Diakonissa Meghan are welcomed to AMC

December 22, 2012—Ordination of Fr. Nikolas Karloutsos to the Holy Priesthood

December 22, 2012—Thyranixia or “Opening of the Doors”

2013—Gymnasium completed

April 24-25, 2015—Consecration

June 26, 2016—Fr. Dennis Strouzas celebrates his final Sunday Divine Liturgy as Proistamenos of AMC

June 30, 2016—Fr. Dennis and Fr. Nikolas celebrate their final Divine Liturgy together on the Feast Day of the Holy Apostles. Fr. Nikolas is reassigned to the Church of the Assumption in Danbury, CT

June 30, 2016—Retirement of Fr. Dennis Strouzas

July 1, 2016—We welcome Fr. John Lardas, Presbytera Eleni and their family to AMC. Fr. John celebrates his first Divine Liturgy as AMC Proistamenos in the Chapel for the feast day of Ss. Cosmas and Damien

July 3, 2016—Fr. John Lardas celebrates his first Sunday Divine Liturgy at AMC

August, 2016—We welcome Deacon Joshua Pappas and Diakonissa Joanna to AMC. Deacon Joshua was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on August 7, 2016