Steven Christoforou is the Director of Y2AM (the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries) and the Office of Camping Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Originally from Astoria, New York, Steve graduated from Yale University and Fordham University School of Law. He worked as a Corporate Attorney on Wall Street for two years before enrolling at Holy Cross School of Theology, where he received a Masters of Divinity in 2013. He has served as Lay Coordinator for the Harvard and MIT chapters of Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and has extensive parish experience as a former Parish Council member, Sunday School teacher, and youth volunteer. He also has extensive experience in youth and camping ministries, having led retreats around the country as a member of the Hellenic College/Holy Cross Ambassadors Program, and having served at the Direct Archdiocesan District’s Camp Saint Paul, both as a Counselor and Boys Director. Steve previously served as Y2AM’s Youth Protection/Parish Ministries Coordinator, and later as Interim Director, before His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios appointed him Director in May 2015.
Christian GonzalezYoung Adult Ministries Coordinator
Christian Gonzalez grew up in Orange County, California. After becoming Orthodox his senior year in high school, Christian attended Wheaton College in Illinois to study English Literature and developed a great love for stories and their power. This has led him to pursue further education in Clinical Psychology. Christian has worked in ministry in various capacities as a camp counselor, Sunday School teacher, Antiochian Southern California Deanery Youth Director, as well as a parish youth pastor. Christian also has experience working clinically as a child and adolescent therapist and is currently in the process of becoming a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Arizona. Christian plans on graduating from Luther Seminary in 2016 with his second MA in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. Christian serves the department as a Young Adult Ministries Coordinator.
Maria PappasAdministrative Coordinator
Maria Pappas was born and raised in Whitestone, New York. She is an active member of the Holy Cross Whitestone community, and works with both their Greek Orthodox Youth of America and Junior Orthodox Youth programs on a weekly basis. She has worked as a staff member and Diakonia Director at Camp Saint Paul, as well as a staff member at the Metropolis of Boston Camp. She is a proud graduate of Fordham University, and she received Bachelors of Arts degrees in Anthropology and Classical Languages. Maria serves the department as Administrative Coordinator.