Presiding Priest:  Rev. Andrew J. Barakos, Economos

Fr. Andrew Barakos was born on December 14, 1961 in Berkeley, California. His parents, John and Eva Barakos raised him in Lafayette, California along with two older sisters and a younger brother. After graduating from Acalanes High School in 1980, Fr. Andrew attended Cal State Hayward as a biology major. After making a decision to change his major in 1984, Father Andrew received a calling to the priesthood. He enrolled at Hellenic College, Brookline, MA, in January, 1985. While on staff that summer at the Athenagoras Retreat Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he met his future presvytera Andrea Contos from Denver Colorado. Presvytera Andrea holds a Bachelor in Education from the University of Northern Colorado. On December 28, 1986 they were married at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver. On May 16, 1987, Fr. Andrew graduated from Hellenic College with a Bachelor of Arts. On May 19, 1990, Fr. Andrew graduated with distinction from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology with the degree Master of Divinity.


As a seminarian graduate, Fr. Andrew was ordained a Deacon by Bishop Anthony of San Francisco, on March 17, 1991 at his home parish of the Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland, California. On April 1, 1991, Fr. Andrew received his first appointment to St. Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, California. On May 12, 1991, Fr. Andrew was elevated from the Deaconate to the Holy Priesthood on May 12, 1991. Presvytera Andrea gave birth to their first child Evan on August 17, 1992. Fr. Andrew and Presvytera Andrea received their second appointment on March 1, 1995 to serve the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. On May 3, 1995, Presvytera gave birth to their second son Nicholas. On March 27, 1998, Presvytera gave birth to their third son Alexios.

Since 1995, Fr. Andrew Barakos has been the priest of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is currently, the vicar of the southwestern region of the Metropolis of San Francisco. Fr. Andrew is a board member of the Trustees, Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, the Metropolis Council of San Francisco and the Commission on Missions and Evangelism. He is a past member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Fr. Andrew can be contacted at priest@assumptionaz.org

Deacon: Rev. Drew K. Maxwell

The Rev. Dn. Drew K. Maxwell is a native of Phoenix and a proud convert to Orthodoxy.  A churchman and family man, Deacon Drew is married to Diakonissa Kathleen and they have two wonderful children, Leo James and Mazie Macrina.

Deacon Drew received his bachelor’s degree in Religion and History from California Lutheran University in 1999 and his master’s degree in Theology from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York in 2002.  He is currently finishing a doctoral degree in Theology and Church History from the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.  He has presented academic papers at several international conferences including The 15th International Conference on Patristic Studies in Oxford, England, and the Byzanz in Europa - Europas östliches Erbe Kolloquium in Greifswald, Germany.  He is also a member of the American Academy of Religion, the North American Patristics Society and the Byzantine Studies Association of North America among other academic associations.

Deacon Drew's hobbies include playing basketball, reading novels, and playing video games. 

Deacon Drew most enjoys working to make Assumption's adult education program an oustanding program for all members of the community.  He and Diakonissa feel blessed to be a part of the loving community here at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.