Meet Our Priests

Father Sava Leida, Presiding Priest
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The Reverend 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.

Father Angelo Pappas
The Very Reverend Protopresbyter 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.

Father Dennis Heifner
The Very Reverend Archpresbyter 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.