The Very Rev. Father Basil Aden is a retired archpriest of the Diocese of the Midwest [Orthodox Church of America (OCA)], now living in North Muskegon with his wife Sandra. He has served as Mission Director of the Diocese of the Midwest and as priest in charge of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Rockford, IL, as well as several other parishes and mission churches. He is now serving on the Stewardship Commission of the Carpatho-Russian Diocese, centered in Johnstown, PA.
Father Aden earned the degrees of Master in Theology and Doctor of Ministry from the University of Chicago Divinity School and served as a Lutheran pastor for twenty-five years before being received into the Orthodox Church in 1998. He has taught Religious Studies at Rock Valley College and authored a textbook introduction to the study of religion in the contemporary world. He continues to do research and writing on current issues of religion and society.
His wife, Sandra, is a retired librarian. They have a son, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren living in the Grand Rapids area, with another son living in Indianapolis. They enjoy their family, the outdoors, reading, and trips, especially to Arizona in the winter.
"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ" (Eph. 4:11-13).
The Parish Council is an elected group of lay members who assist with the administrative duties of the parish. They are also assigned leadership and oversight positions of various ministry projects under the guidance of the Priest for the further equiping and growth of the Body of Christ (Church). These servant-leaders are expected to be model Christians in every respect. Council members serve a three-year term, with approximately one-third cycling off at the beginning of each calendar year when the election of new members are held. Those who wish to serve the Church in this important manner must be members in good standing for at least one year.
Nick Davros (President)
George Maniates (Vice-President)
Karen Eifert (Treasurer)
Ken Hoopes (Secretary)
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God" (Col. 3:16).
Pat Ladas and Helen Innis Lutz (Organists)
Martha Roldan and Rich Micheil (Chanters)
Kimon Kotos (Choir Director)
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).
Teresa Micheil (Director and Teacher)
Paul Ladas (Teacher)
We are an organization of Greek Orthodox men and women that supports the Church with charitable acts and enriches its members through their participation in Christ’s ministry.
Philoptochos was established in 1931 by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras when he served North and South America as Archbishop. While its primary function is to serve the local parish, Philoptochos also extends and reaches out to other charities in the community in which it exists.
The word Philoptochos means “friend of the poor.” Philoptochos strives to help not only those who are in financial need, but those who are lonely, or in poor health.
On a national level, Philoptochos supports St. Basil Academy, Hellenic College-Holy Cross, the Patriarchate, IOCC, the Children’s Cardiac Fund and other charities. Locally, Philoptochos has contributed to such organizations as the Rescue Mission, Everywoman’s Place, Red Cross, Muskegon County Museum, and the Child Abuse Council.
We encourage you to join Philoptochos and share your talents and resources so that we may serve our Church and those who are in need.
Pat Ladas (President)
Nicci Clark (Vice-President)
Karen Eifert (Treasurer)
Kristi Karis (Secretary)