Our Clergy and Staff
Our parish is led by a dynamic group of clergy and staff that brings the Orthodox Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ alive for our parish community and all those we encounter. The Annunciation Cathedral is a parish under the Metropolis of Boston, which is under the spiritual leadership of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. We invite you to learn more about our Hierarch, our clergy and pastoral team, and our support staff.
His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston
Our Clergy and Pastoral Staff
Father Thomas Chininis
Phone: 617.731.6633 Mobile: 603.930.7333
Rev. Chininis currently serves as Dean of the Annunciation Cathedral. He has previously served as the pastor of Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church Lowell, MA, St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church at Nashua, NH, and parishes in Newport, RI and Dallas, TX. He graduated from Wittenberg University at Springfield, OH with a BA in Business Administration and from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline in 1983 with an M.Div. During his last year at Holy Cross he was ordained to the deaconate at Holy Cross Chapel by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos. In July of that year he was ordained to the priesthood. Rev. Chininis currently serves as president of the Metropolis of Boston Clergy Brotherhood, vice-president of the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council, and is member of the Metropolis of Boston Council. He has held leadership positions with the Nashua Area Interfaith Council, and served as president of the New Hampshire Council of Churches. He has worked extensively with several summer camp programs of the Orthodox Church and has served as advisor to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship groups at Tufts University, UMass-Lowell, and St. Anslem College. He now is the OCF advisor for Northeastern University and the surrounding colleges and universities through the Cathedral Campus Ministry, as well as Boston College. Rev. Chininis and his wife live in the Boston area and is the father of three adult children who also live in the Boston area.
I am Luke Erdahl, and I am a seminarian of the archdiocese at Holy Cross seminary in Brookline. I’ve been assigned to this cathedral for my fourth and final year of seminary to assist Fr. Thomas and for my own education. I’ll be assisting with the services and teaching Sunday school, as well as other things.
I am from the Metropolis of New Jersey, specifically Williamsburg, Virginia, and my home parish is that of St. Demetrios in that town. While in my second year of seminary, I was assigned to St. Athanasios the Great Orthodox Church in Arlington, where I assisted Fr. Robert Archon. Before I came to Boston, I attended the College of William and Mary, also in Williamsburg, where I studied Religion, Philosophy, and Classics. As you may have suspected, I am a convert to the Orthodox faith, having previously been a Lutheran, and I am enormously grateful to the communities of the Greek Orthodox diaspora that I have encountered for instructing and welcoming me into the faith and sustaining the parishes, in addition to all that accompanies them, that I and so many others find indispensable in life.
It is therefore an honor to be serving in my capacity as a seminarian at your historic cathedral, it being the most central church and the episcopal seat of the Metropolis of Boston. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you.
Hello! My name is Maximos Eleftherakis, and I am a fourth-year undergrad seminarian from Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA. I am very grateful to have recently been offered the position of chanter at this beautiful cathedral, and I look forward to serving the community to the very best of my ability.
I was originally born in Brookline, MA. Since then, I have resided in many different states and parishes across the country. My hometown is currently Scranton, Pennsylvania, under the Metropolis of Pittsburgh, where my father serves as priest at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, and I have served as a chanter and altar boy for many years. Since I began college at HCHC in 2020, I have periodically assisted as a chanter at some parishes in the Boston Metropolis, including St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Braintree, MA, and most recently at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dover, NH.
My love for Byzantine Music developed at a young age, when I was exposed to variety of chanting CDs and recordings, specifically from Mt. Athos. I began my rudimentary education in Byzantine Music while I was in high school, and this interest carried into my college years at HCHC, where I have had the immense blessing to study under Fr. Romanos Karanos, as well participate in the St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir. I am certainly still a student of Byzantine Music, but I have a great love for it, and so I hope to continuously improve my musical education within the Orthodox Church, while simultaneously using what I learn to serve the church communities.
I am very humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to serve as a chanter in this beautiful church, and I thank Fr. Thomas, as well as the rest of this wonderful community, for their warm welcome.
Our Administrative Staff
Ralph is a North Carolina native who grew up tinkering with technology and being active in the church. Following his senior year of High School, in 2018, Ralph attended CrossRoad where he explored his vocation before heading off to community college for an associate’s degree in IT. Feeling drawn to church ministry, Ralph would become an administrative assistant at his home parish, Annunciation in Winston, Salem. After four years of working for the church, Ralph is now enrolled in his senior year at Hellenic College where he will, God willing, graduate in the spring.