2019 East Teen Programs

Exciting new programs for
Middle & High School students!


Fr. Paul Abernathy

Fr. Paul is the Director of FOCUS Pittsburgh and the parish priest of St. Moses the Black Orthodox Church in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His ministry was recently featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Steven Christoforou

Steve is the Director of Y2AM (Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America). He is a graduate of Yale University, Fordham University School of Law, and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Steve is passionate about sharing the Gospel in a clear and accessible way and helping people see Christ at work in their lives.


Fr. Anthony Yazge

Fr. Anthony Yazge is the Director of the Antiochian Village Camp for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese. He also serves on the OCF Board of Directors, and is the Chairman of Department of Young Adult Ministry for the Antiochian Archdiocese.


Tolkien’s World of Wonder (High School):  While never mentioning the Christian faith, our Lord Jesus Christ, or any other central elements of our Faith, how is it that J. R. R. Tolkien could nonetheless claim that he was writing an explicitly Christian work? How does Tolkien's imaginative world express both the God-ordered nature of our reality, and as well the very fundamentals of the Christian Faith (Creation, fall, Incarnation, redemption, glorification)? In the four sessions we will cover how Tolkien did this, not by the use of rational arguments, but by inviting us into a world of wonder, one that Tolkien taught (and we should believe) was not at all unlike our own.  These High School sessions will be led by the St. Basil Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture at Eastern University.