The Ven. Dr. Christopher A. Pappas

The Ven. Dr. Christopher A. Pappas

Chris is married and has four wonderful children who keep him grounded in what is important in life.  In addition to being the Rector of Holy Trinity Anglican he is the Diocesan Archdeacon for Congregational Development and is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, in Berkeley CA, where he is studying the characteristics of leadership in transformational congregations.

Chris received a B.S. In Biology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and a Ph. D. In Biomedical Science: Neuroscience from UConn.  His area of research was glial physiology, with a focus on astrocyte ion regulation.  He received a M. Div. from Yale Divinity School & aCertificate in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.   He was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire and priest in the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton. Chris has previously served as a regional dean, a member of executive council and as a territorial archdeacon. He has also been involved in church growth and the nurturing of healthy parishes at the National Church level and has been active in Cursillo and Alpha.  Chris has also served in the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island where he was a member of the Diocesan Congregational Development Commission and as a seminarian in CT.  After growing up in the Greek Orthodox Church, he brings with a deep love and reverance for the mystery of our faith, and enjoys the rich liturgy and symbolism of the Anglican Church.   Chris is a strong proponent of ecumenism, and interfaith activities; serves the soldiers of the South Albert Light Horse at the regimental church, is active in community organizing and in the Church’s mission in the world.

Prior to being ordained, Chris worked as a Research Scientist at the Yale University School of Medicine and as the Asst. Secretary of the State for Connecticut.  He is an avid reader of Science Fiction/ Fantasy as well as enjoying history and current events.  Although retired from rugby and riding a motorcycle, he still enjoys yoga, cardio and weight training, bike riding, squash as well as other physical activities.  Chris is a big fan of Monty Python, the New York Yankees baseball team, the Boston Celtics basketball team, Dallas Cowboys and the University of Connecticut Huskies basketball teams.  .He is also a big fan of theatre and the arts.