Father Gary serves St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, California. Camarillo is in Ventura County, which is just outside of Los Angeles. He has been married to Christina since July 6, 1997. After their honeymoon they moved to Brookline, MA for Gary to pursue his Masters of Divinity. There Christie gave birth to the couple’s two boys Haralambos (Feb. 2000) and Iakovos (March 2001). Fr. Gary Kyriacou was ordained to the Deaconate on May 27, 2001 and then to the Priesthood on September 9, 2001.

Fr. Gary was the assistant to Fr. Tom Paris at the Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, Ca from June 2001- July 2004. On August 1, 2004 he was assigned to serve the faithful of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, Ca. In 2004 the devoted community purchased 4.1 acres in the center of Camarillo and began to raise money to build a new structure. In 2013 the Ground-Breaking Ceremony took place for the St. Demetrios Agape Building. The Agape Building, a two story edifice with a chapel, reception hall, conference room, offices and classrooms was completed in 2015. St. Demetrios celebrated the Thyranoixia (Door Opening Ceremony) on May 31, 2015 and the new building was permanently occupied in July 2015.

Fr. Gary also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Metropolis of San Francisco Greek Orthodox Greek Dance and Choral Festival. Here he enjoys gathering the Youth of the Metropolis and sharing with the them importance of our Faith and Culture.

In 2008 Pres. Christina gave birth to their little girl, Eleni Kay Kyriacou. The family of five loves living in Ventura County. They like going to the beach, Dodger games, and the movies. They enjoy In-n-Out Cheeseburgers and playing Apples to Apples.

Fr. Gary studied Film Production at California State University, Northridge with an emphasis in Screenwriting. Prior to answering his calling to ministry he wanted to be a film producer and screenwriter. He worked on a few films and television shows before earning his Masters of Divinity in May of 2001.


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Fr Gary

Christ-Centered Parish


I learn a lot of interesting things at committee meetings. At one meeting, when discussing the newsletter of our parish, The Myrrh-Bearer, someone frankly said, “Nobody reads that.” That person is either right or wrong depending on how much further you go into this message. At our most recent Parish Council meeting, a parish council member, politely, combined the conversation about healthy church finances with the status of our relationship with Christ.

It wasn’t me, I wasn’t preaching, it was one of YOUR ELECTED OFFICERS, that was sharing this thought. I was mesmerized by his conviction; I looked around at the other members and they were too! The Holy Spirit was present. His inspiration moved us to take the conversation about Parish financial health to a new level.

“Every year we consider ways to raise money. What fundraisers can we hold? How will we meet our obligation to the Metropolis and Archdiocese? How can we motivate better giving? Instead,” he went on, “How can we serve Christ? How can we instill a deep love for Jesus, in every member, young and old, so that our Parish becomes financially healthy and shows greater concern for how Christ-Centered we are as a group?”

It was refreshing to hear a leader of our community express these thoughts. I have offered them in the past, but it is cliché for the priest to say it, because I’m supposed to. A group begins to reexamine the metric for success when a respected member of the Parish Council looks intently at his peers and says, “Are you concerned for your salvation?” If we look at our challenges through the lens of salvation, that is, how what we do will enhance our relationship with Christ, a new perspective is born.

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