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Archbishop Demetrios Appoints New National Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

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Jun 21, 2012

NEW YORK – Archbishop Demetrios of America has appointed the Rev. Fr. Jason C. Roll as the National Director of the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries effective July 1, 2012, succeeding Rev. Fr. Mark Leondis who served as National Youth Director from 2000 to 2011. Father Jason is currently serving as the assistant priest at the parish of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Northridge, California.   Previously he was a part time assistant at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle, NY.

Father Jason has over 20 years experience in the field of youth work and camping ministries, as well as 18 years of business and professional management experience. Under the direction of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Fr. Jason served as the Director of Ionian Village from 2009-2011. He has also directed various youth camps throughout our Archdiocese and served in many areas of youth, young adult and campus ministry, most recently including the OCF-West Spiritual Advisor.

Commenting on the appointment of Fr. Jason Roll, Archbishop Demetrios of America said,  “Fr. Jason brings to the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries a vigorous faith, an unwavering enthusiasm and strong, managerial skills.  I am sure that with the help of God he will work diligently, creatively and effectively on the challenging, but also promising, field of the youth related activities of our Church.”

“With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, I look forward to serving the youth and young adults of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America” said Father Jason.  “My goal is to strengthen the relationship between God and the Greek Orthodox youth through supportive Christ-centered resources aimed at sustaining youth leaders. I look forward to enhancing and establishing a greater online presence with a live resource center for Orthodox youth, young adults, parish youth leaders and parents.”

Father Jason is originally from Portland, Oregon and is a graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in Behavioral Sciences. He received his Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology where he graduated cum laude in 2009.  Prior to attending Holy Cross, Father Jason worked for companies such as US Bank, NIKE Inc. and as a Neuroscience Treatment Team Manager and Pharmaceutical Sales Representative with Eli Lilly and Company. He is married to Presvytera Sandra (Salidas) of Sacramento, California and they have three children, Demetre, Theodore and Georgios.

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