Father Gary serves St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, California. Camarillo is in Ventura County, which is just outside of Los Angeles. He has been married to Christina since July 6, 1997. After their honeymoon they moved to Brookline, MA for Gary to pursue his Masters of Divinity. There Christie gave birth to the couple’s two boys Haralambos (Feb. 2000) and Iakovos (March 2001). Fr. Gary Kyriacou was ordained to the Deaconate on May 27, 2001 and then to the Priesthood on September 9, 2001.

Fr. Gary was the assistant to Fr. Tom Paris at the Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, Ca from June 2001- July 2004. On August 1, 2004 he was assigned to serve the faithful of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, Ca. In 2004 the devoted community purchased 4.1 acres in the center of Camarillo and began to raise money to build a new structure. In 2013 the Ground-Breaking Ceremony took place for the St. Demetrios Agape Building. The Agape Building, a two story edifice with a chapel, reception hall, conference room, offices and classrooms was completed in 2015. St. Demetrios celebrated the Thyranoixia (Door Opening Ceremony) on May 31, 2015 and the new building was permanently occupied in July 2015.

Fr. Gary also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Metropolis of San Francisco Greek Orthodox Greek Dance and Choral Festival. Here he enjoys gathering the Youth of the Metropolis and sharing with the them importance of our Faith and Culture.

In 2008 Pres. Christina gave birth to their little girl, Eleni Kay Kyriacou. The family of five loves living in Ventura County. They like going to the beach, Dodger games, and the movies. They enjoy In-n-Out Cheeseburgers and playing Apples to Apples.

Fr. Gary studied Film Production at California State University, Northridge with an emphasis in Screenwriting. Prior to answering his calling to ministry he wanted to be a film producer and screenwriter. He worked on a few films and television shows before earning his Masters of Divinity in May of 2001.


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When are facing a serious problem: Priest have been trained to help people with their personal, family and other problems. The important judgment of a spiritual leader, together with his prayers for Divine guidance, will enable you to face your problems with confidence . Do not allow your problems to get too big for you.

When someone is interested in the church: You constantly meet young people and adults who are in your community, and others who have not united with the local church. Put in a good word for your church and tell your Priest about prospective members.

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When there is a wedding: Your priest should be consulted before the wedding day is set, since you will need to have conferences with your Priest, it is necessary to contact him well in advance of the desired wedding date.

When someone desires to become an Orthodox Christian: Happy indeed is the Priest who is asked to talk with someone desiring to embrace Orthodoxy. Tell your Priest about friends who are interested knowing more about Orthodox Church.

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I’m Your Buckaroo, I Wanna Be Like You


Country singer Rodney Atkins has a song called, “Watching You.” He talks about going through the McDonald’s drive thru and riding around town with his four-year-old. He says he stops quickly to avoid a red light and as he screeched to a stop the little boy’s fries and drink go flying all over the car. The four-year-old yells a four-letter word. Atkins says, "Son, now where did you learn to talk like that?" The boy said, "I've been watching you, dad, ain't that cool? I'm your buckaroo, I wanna be like you.”

I want to be like you. Flattering words, but some of our actions don’t need to be repeated. As parents we all have instances where our kids, when they are young, imitate our behavior. Whether it is trying to shave with soap bubbles, make cookies with play-doh, put on our shoes, or use a toy lawnmower as we push the real thing: they want to be like us. Our example is an important one. They learn so much from what we do, what we say, and how we behave. Are we giving them the best version of ourselves?

Making the lives of our children easier is a goal of every parent. We do what we can to help them advance in life, teaching them lessons along the way. These lessons can be well structured and thought out, or the child can learn, like in the song mentioned, just by watching. What is it we display?


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