Alexander is finishing his third year as a seminarian in the Master of Divinity program at Holy Cross and is loving it! Born and raised in the Bay Area in Northern California, he earned his BA in History at UC Davis in 2014, traveled abroad and worked for a year, and is loving learning more about the Church at Holy Cross. If you can’t find him in the classroom or chapel, he’ll usually be on the basketball court or doing other athletic activities (or watching the Celtics at the Gahhhden or the Sawx at Fenway). He's been a counselor at the San Francisco Metropolis Summer Camp for the last five years and can't wait to see what growth and adventures in youth ministry this year with the Ambassadors will bring!
Bailie grew up in Oklahoma and is in her final year at Hellenic College, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Bailie has been involved in her Metropolis camp since seventh grade and is now a camp counselor there in the summer. Bailie has a great love for baseball, traveling, crafting, and country music! This is her third year as an Ambassador, and she is very excited to continue working with Orthodox youth.
Catherine is originally from Denver, Colorado, where she grew up among the stunning mountains and vast open spaces of the mountain west. She is currently a sophomore at Hellenic College, where she hopes to study classics and history alongside a sprinkling of theology. She has spent a great deal of time living at monasteries, one here in the United States and one in Greece, where she fell in love with the beauty of the Orthodox Church. Catherine hopes to share the beauty and the joy she has experienced in the Church with the whole world, starting with the work she will do as a part of the Sonia Belcher HCHC Ambassadors program.
Kamal was born and raised in Sharon, Massachusetts, just south of Boston. He grew up in the Orthodox Church, participating in Teen SOYO and the camping programs of the Antiochian Archdiocese. He is currently a sophomore at Hellenic College, studying Human Development with the hope of one day going to seminary. He is very excited to serve as an Ambassador this year and to minister to the Orthodox youth in America in the same way he has been ministered to for so long.
Alexander is a third year seminarian at Holy Cross. His most recent news is that he married the love of his life, Deyana, at the seminary chapel in July. Alex is eager to share his love for Christ, his love for family, cooking, youth work, travels, outreach ministry, spending time with friends, and writing poetry, and incorporate them in another wonderful year of serving as an HCHC Ambassador. Alex hopes that he and the Ambassador team will bring light to the world, and be keepers of the One True Faith in order to glorify God in all that we do!
Nikolas was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, and is a junior at Hellenic College. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership. Nik has been an active member of HCHC’s community, holding two positions in the school’s student government association, attending Project Mexico, and participating in multiple clubs on campus. He grew up attending St. Timothy’s Camp in the Adirondacks and had the opportunity to be a counselor for Camp St. Paul under the Direct Archdiocesan District in 2016. He loves traveling, meeting new people, reading, and has a passion for art. After his time at HCHC, he hopes to pursue a career in hospitality management. He is very excited to be joining the Ambassadors team this school year!
Nicholas is from Richmond, Virginia, and in his third year of the Master of Divinity program at Holy Cross. He grew up attending Camp Nazareth in Mercer, Pennsylvania, and Camp Good Shepherd in northern New Jersey. Nicholas studied psychology as an undergraduate at Hampden-Sydney College, where he also played on the football team for four years. He has been very active in summer camps, including the ones he attended as a boy, all of which have offered wonderful experiences. Nicholas also has a passion for mission trips and hopes to continue to do Christ's work in the years to come through that means. He is very passionate about youth ministry and looks forward to traveling across the country to spread the light of Christ to young people, who are the future of the Church.
Moriah was born and raised in New England. She is currently a junior in the Human Development program with a minor in Religious Studies. She plans to continue on to graduate school in hopes of becoming an Orthodox therapist. There are only a few things Moriah loves more than her family and friends, coffee, and good food – one of which is traveling. Throughout her childhood and teen years, Moriah had many opportunities to travel, which inspired a love for culture and people. With this love, she has participated in various mission trips through YOCAMA, Project Mexico, and OCMC. She also currently serves as Assistant Treasurer of the HCHC Missions Committee. She hopes to continue working in the mission field in any capacity in the future. She is excited to share her love of the Orthodox faith and the joy she has found in Christ through the Ambassador program.
Vasiliki was born and raised in northern New Jersey and moved to the west coast of Florida in her junior year of high school. She is currently a sophomore at Hellenic College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Development. Growing up, she attended camp in the Metropolis of NJ and was actively involved in GOYA. Vasiliki comes from a very close Greek family, is the oldest of four children, and enjoys working with youth. The highlight of Vasiliki’s freshman year at HCHC was Project Mexico. It opened her heart and eyes to spreading God’s Word and love through mission work. Vasiliki’s hobbies include drawing, swimming, horseback riding, country music, and Greek dancing. Vasiliki is an American Red Cross certified lifeguard, swim teacher, water safety instructor, and lifeguard instructor. Back home in Florida, you can catch her at the beach protecting and saving lives. When she’s not working at the beach, you will find her at the county pool teaching kids and adults proper water safety and how to swim. Vasiliki is honored and humbled with the opportunity to share her love of Christ and the Orthodox Faith with Orthodox youth from around the country through Sonia Belcher’s HCHC Ambassadors Program.
Michael is from Saint Nicholas Flushing in the great city of New York. He graduated from Fordham University a few years ago and is currently in his second year of Holy Cross as a seminarian. Since arriving on the beautiful campus, he has enjoyed every day that he gets to worship, learn, and grow within such a healthy environment and community. He is married to a wonderful woman who gave him one beautiful daughter and has another on the way. He enjoys doing retreats, meeting new people, spreading the Gospel, and just about everything else an ambassador is called to do. He was personally affected by many youth programs, including ambassadors, and is excited to pay it forward to new generations.
Elias grew up in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. He is currently in his third year at Hellenic College, in the Religious Studies program, and he looks forward to graduating and continuing his studies to receive his Master of Divinity from Holy Cross. During his time at the school, he has been a part of the Campus Activities Board and the Ambassadors Program. He loves reading, hiking, spending time with his family, going on trips with his friends, and day trips into Boston. This past summer, he was a counselor at Camp St. Paul, and he loved working at the camp. He also spent two months traveling to different parts of Greece, Turkey, and England. He looks forward to sharing his experiences from HCHC as a second year Ambassador!
Sophia was born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island. She is in her junior year at Hellenic College majoring in Religious Studies and minoring in Ancient Greek. She counseled at both Fanari Camp in Wisconsin and Metropolis of Boston Camp in New Hampshire this summer. During her free time, you can find Sophia usually outside soaking up the sun and reading. She also enjoys singing and playing the piano, guitar, and ukulele. She is so happy for the opportunity to continue serving the Orthodox youth of America through Sonia Belcher's HCHC Ambassadors Program.
Anastasis is from Reading, Pennsylvania. He is a third-year seminarian at Hellenic College in the Religious Studies program. Growing up in the Metropolis of Pittsburgh, Anastasis has always been involved with his Metropolis camp and was a counselor this past summer. In his free time, he can be found either playing basketball or watching his beloved Philadelphia 76ers. This is his second year as an Ambassador. He is eager to serve the Orthodox youth of America through the Ambassadors program.
Although born and raised in the small city of Akron, Ohio, Hannah has die hard love for all things Pittsburgh. She is in her sophomore year at Hellenic College, majoring in Religious Studies, and intends to pursue an MTS at Holy Cross. If you can't find Hannah in the gym, she is most likely taking in the beautiful views of the campus by getting in steps or frolicking around Maliotis. She is very excited to be a part of the Ambassadors team and looks forward to informing more people about the school.
Despina is in her second year of the Holy Cross Master of Divinity program. As a good priest kid, she's been involved with all of her parishes – from her childhood parish in Kentucky, her undergraduate college parish in Alabama, and now her home parish in New Orleans. Despina earned a Bachelor of Music with a focus in vocal performance and continues her music education at HCHC, learning Byzantine chant along with Orthodox theology and parish ministry. She is excited to help minister and educate through the opportunities the Sonia Belcher Ambassador program provides.