Meet Our Fathers in Christ

His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, Ruling Hierarch

Read His Eminence's biography here.

Protopresbyter Sava Leida, Presiding Priest
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Father Sava Leida began his ministry as Proistamenos (presiding priest) of Transfiguration Church on December 1, 2008. He and Presvytera Mary came to us from St. Thomas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Sioux City, Iowa.

Read Father Sava's biography here.

Presbyter Peter Smith, Assistant Priest
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Protopresbyter Angelo Pappas
Father Angelo Pappas actively serves our parish community as Pastor Emeritus. A native of Tripolis, Greece, Father Pappas, with his wife, Presvytera Maria, came to Sioux Falls in 1967. Father served as Proistamenos of our church with faithfulness and distinction for many years before his retirement. He recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the Sacred Priesthood.
Presvytera Maria Pappas, of blessed memory, reposed in 2017 after a long illness. The icon of four Holy Heirarchs installed in the apse behind the Holy Table was commissioned in her memory. 

Archpresbyter Dennis Heifner
Father Dennis Heifner is a retired priest of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese. Together with Presvytera Joan, Father Dennis came to us from Michigan, where they had lived in retirement and served at the Dormition of the Mother of God monastery. Previously, Father Dennis served as Proistamenos at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin.