Rev. Dr. Protopresbyter Nicholas J. Pilavas, Pastor
Pastor and leader of the Community of Prophet Elias, Yonkers, NY, is the Rev. Dr. Nicholas J. Pilavas, Protopresbyter. Born on the Island of Chios, Greece. son of the late Eleni Fragelas Pilavas and John Pilavas. His family immigrated to the United States in 1963.
Father Nicholas received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Hellenic College in Brookline, MA, a Master of Divinity degree from the Greek Orthodox Theological School and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York. He also pursued Doctoral studies in Old Testament Biblical Studies at the Candler Graduate School of Theology of the Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Father Nicholas also attended post graduate classes at the Institute for Religious and Social Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Father Nicholas was ordained to the Diaconate on January 5th 1973 and on January 6th of the same year to the Holy priesthood and was assigned to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Atlanta, GA. In 1977 Father Nicholas was asked to take full pastorate at the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church of Yonkers, New York.
His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos awarded father Nicholas with the Offikia (Eccclesiastical Titles) Sakelarios in 1979 and Economos in 1983. In 1997, His All Holiness Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople recognizing his service to the Church, elevated Father Nicholas to the rank of Protoprebyter.
Father Nicholas has been active in many Civic and Eccclesiastical organization at the City of Yonkers. He served as a member of the Spiritual Court of the Archdiocese for many years and served the spiritual needs of the residents of St. Michaels Home for the Elderly of our Archdiocese.
Father Nicholas lives in Yonkers, NY with his Presbytera Argie (Argyro) Vafeas, of Athens Greece. They have three children, John and wife Niki, Demetrios and wife Krystal, Eleni and one grandchild Nicholas.