Claire Barden is a bubbly, cool cat, a junior in the Literature and History program at Hellenic College, and a second-year Ambassador. Her perfect afternoon is one where she's sipping tea and reading a good book. You won't catch her crying over spilt milk, but Downton Abbey is a whole different story. She's looking forward to working with youth this year to help them learn more about Christ and the Orthodox Faith.
Demetri Constantine, a Hellenic College graduate, is is now a second-year seminarian at Holy Cross. He is currently working toward the Master of Divinity degree and is enjoying it thoroughly. Demetri has been married for just over a year to Maria, a most wonderful and amazing woman. Over the last several years, Demetri has enjoyed working with youth in various capacities, including being on CrossRoad staff, spending four years on staff at Camp Nazareth in Pennsylvania, volunteering at All Saints Camp in Washington, and helping to lead various retreats and youth activities. In his free time, Demetri loves playing just about every sport. He also likes watching movies, playing board games, singing, chanting, painting, cheering on the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, and, simply spending quality time with good company. This is his third year as a member of the Ambassadors program, and he is very excited about everything this year has to offer!
Alexander Eliades is finishing his second 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!
Gregory hails from the great borough of Brooklyn in the wonderful city of New York, and is a fourth-year student in the Master in Divinity program at Holy Cross. Gregory pursued his undergraduate degree at Brooklyn College with a double major in Religious Studies and Classical Literature. Youth work has been an important part of his life, and he has been on staff at Camp Saint Paul since 2009. His time in youth ministry is what inspired him to enroll in seminary to further his opportunities. He is very excited to be serving in the Ambassadors program again this year!
Bailie Henry grew up in Oklahoma and is in her junior year at Hellenic College, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Elementary Education Program. 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 second year as an Ambassador and she is very excited to continue working with Orthodox youth and helping to serve Sonia Belcher’s HCHC Ambassadors Program once again.
Kamal Hourani 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 to minister to the Orthodox youth in America as he had been ministered to for so long.
Going into his third year as an Ambassador at HCHC, Alexander Kamilaris is a second-year seminarian at Holy Cross. He is excited to be at a place where love, faith, education, and service are all cultivated daily. He comes from the loving parish of Holy Trinity in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having served many years at Saint Stephen’s Summer Camp and other Metropolis gatherings, one of Alex’s passions is to serve the youth of the Church. Alex also has a strong love, desire, and fervor to serve those in need. Some of Alex’s other interests include traveling, serving others, eating haloumi cheese, cooking, fellowship with family and friends, and writing poetry. Alexander hopes to be a bearer of the light of Christ to all the world, and to all those he comes in contact with through this incredible ministry of the HCHC Ambassadors program.
Nicholas is from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and in his second 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.
Elias grew up in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. He is currently in his second year at Hellenic College, in the Religious Studies program. He is also involved in different campus organizations, like CAB and Missions, and this year he holds the position of OCF Boston District Leader. His highlight of this year, other than going on different pilgrimages all around Greece for two months, was when he went to Project Mexico for Spring Break. He loved the people there and made countless memories with his friends. He loves reading, hiking, spending time with his family, going on trips with his friends, and day trips into Boston. He looks forward to sharing his experiences from HCHC as an Ambassador for the first time.
I grew up in the smallest state of the US--Rhode Island--and am in my sophomore year at Hellenic College, pursuing my bachelor's degree as a double major in Classics and Religious Studies. I've been involved in my camp, Boston Metropolis Camp, since eighth grade. This past year I helped at various "MBC-at-home" retreats held at various parishes and hope to extend that experience as a counselor in the summer at the camp itself, besides continuing to help at the parish retreats. I love to read, sing, play piano and guitar, and draw! It is my first year as an Ambassador, and I am very excited to work with Orthodox youth and help serve in Sonia Belcher's HCHC Ambassadors Program.
Anastasis Phyrillas is from Reading, Pennsylvania. He is a second-year seminarian at Hellenic College in the Religious Studies Program. Growing up in the Pittsburgh Metropolis, 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 first year as an Ambassador. He is eager to serve the Orthodox youth of America and the Ambassador program.
Seraphim was born in California as Spencer Ramos and was raised in Washington State. Sports (track, wrestling, and football) and the Christian faith were both integral parts of his formation. When the entire Ramos family was received into the Orthodox Church in 2007, Spencer (then 16) took the name Seraphim after St. Seraphim of Sarov. Seraphim met his lovely wife Olenka at Hellenic College, from which both graduated in 2014. They are now the proud parents of their first child, Ivanna Zinovia, born on October 30, 2015. Seraphim is in the final year of the three-year Master of Divinity program at Holy Cross and hopes to enter parish ministry after graduation. St. Nicholas Ranch and the Metropolis of San Francisco Summer Camp have been close to his heart as an important ministry showing the beauty of the Orthodox faith to the young people of the Church. Seraphim is entering his second year as an Ambassador for Hellenic College Holy Cross, is humbled and grateful for the experiences of last year, and looks forward to a final season of challenges and joy in another year of this God-inspired ministry.
Anna Teodosiadis, born and raised in Seattle, Washington, is now a senior at Hellenic College. She is studying Human Development and Religious Studies because of her interest in the connection between psychology and spirituality. Growing up at All Saints Camp in the beautiful Pacific Northwest as a camper and counselor, she fell in love with camp and would be at camp every day if she could! In Anna's free time, you can find her baking, traveling, dancing, or laughing! Anna is extremely excited about her third year as an Ambassador.