Parish History

Below, enjoy this timeline of the history of our Assumption community:

  • May 1984 - Home Orthodox Missions Endowment (HOME) Foundation was formed by Metropolitan Anthony to develop additional Orthodox Churches.
  • September 16, 1987 - Metropolitan Anthony approves the formation of an Assumption Greek Orthodox Parish in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Phil Noplos was appointed September 16, 1987 as "Chairman, Interim Parish Council."
  • November 22, 1987: 40 individuals gather and share thoughts on the needs for a future church in Scottsdale.
  • June 21, 1988: The City of Scottsdale approved the zoning and use of the house at 8202 E. Cactus Rd. as a church facility.
  • July 13, 1988 - Assumption Granted Articles of Incorporation
  • August 14-15, 1988 - Bishop Anthony celebrates at the first services.
  • September 1, 1988 - The first Priest is officially assigned, Rev. David G. Wright.
  • 1988- Phil Noplos - Parish Council President
  • January 1989: Peter Maniatis President , Parish Council
  • May 1989: Fr. David Wright is being transferred.
  • July 1, 1989: Rev. Chris Margaritis is assigned as the 2nd Priest to Assumption.
  • November 9, 1989 - Temporary Charter granted by Archdiocese.
  • January 1990: Phil Noplos - President of the Parish Council
  • January 1991 & 1992: Ann Manos - Parish Council President
  • January 1993: John Ginakes - Parish Council President
  • January 1994: Phil Noplos - President of the Parish Council
  • January 1995: Eleni Koliambas - President of the Parish Council
  • March 1995 - Rev. Andrew Barakos is assigned as the 3rd Priest to Assumption.
  • January 1996 - Tom Kenrick- Parish Council President
  • 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001- Dr. Paul Kalina - Parish Council President
  • February 23, 1997 - Budget of $2 million for building a new church is approved by the General Assembly
  • December 6, 1998 - Assumption celebrates "Building On Faith, Hope and Love" Campaign with $1.1 million dollars pledged over the next three years to build the new church.
  • May 28, 2000 - Groundbreaking services take place for the construction of the new church.
  • October 28, 2001 - The Opening of the Doors celebration of the new Assumption Greek Orthodox Church takes place.
  • March 17, 2002 - Assumption embarks on its second Campaign to retire the $800,000 mortgage on the new Church. The Campaign "Consecrate Your Faith" will conclude in March of 2005.
  • January 2002 - Ret. Col. Nick Harris - Parish Council President
  • January 2003, 2004 & 2005 - Michele Genetos - Parish Council President
  • 2005 - Iconostasis & Church Furnishing Project
  • January 2006, 2007 & 2008- Rocky Sisson - Parish Council President
  • 2007 - Icon Dome Project Initiated
  • 2008 - Exterior Church Building Repairs Completed
  • December 9, 2008 - $800,000 mortgage was paid-off
  • January 25, 2009 - Metropolitan Gerasimos Pastoral Visit
  • 2009 - Jack David: Parish Council President
  • August 15, 2009 - Dome Icon Project Completed
  • 2010, 2011, & 2012 - Rocky Sisson: Parish Council President
  • October 29-30, 2011 - Archbishop Demetrios & Metropolitan Gerasimos Consecrate Assumption
  • May 4, 2014 - Parish Approves Updated Master Plan & Community Center
  • February 22, 2015 - Three Capital Campaign "Building Faith, Family & Future" commenced to build $3.5 million Community Center Project
  • August 21, 2016 - Community Center Ground Breaking Ceremonies
  • 2013 -2016 Christina Pullos: Parish Council President