The community of Saint Anna Greek Orthodox Church welcomes Father Anastasios Kousoulas, his wife, Presbytera Nektaria, and their five children. Father Anastasios joined the community as its spiritual leader, July 1, 2011.
Bio of Father Anastasios Kousoulas
Fr. Anastasios Kousoulas was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 4, 1966 to Constantine and Mary Kousoulas. He grew up in Rockland County, NY and was an active member of the Saints Constantine and Helen Church in West Nyack, NY. He graduated from Columbia University in 1989 completing a 5-year, dual degree program with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Columbia College and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. After working for three years as a property and casualty Insurance Broker for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in Westchester County, NY, Fr. Anastasios felt the calling to attend the Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA from which he completed his studies in preparation for ordination to the priesthood in December 1995.
Fr. Anastasios married Presvytera Nektaria (Tsourounakis) on January 14, 1996 at the St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Toms River, NJ, her home parish. Fr. Anastasios was ordained into the diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan Silas of blessed memory at his home parish of Saints Constantine and Helen on June 16, 1996. After serving as a deacon for almost a year for the then Diocese of New Jersey and then at the Archdiocese headquarters, Fr. Anastasios was ordained into the priesthood by His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon on June 1, 1997 again at his home parish. His first assignment was to serve the parish of Saints Peter and Paul in Frederick, Maryland where he served for over 14 years. He and Presvytera Nektaria were blessed with the birth of five sons while in Maryland, ages ranging from 3 to 13 years.
On July 1, 2011, His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey assigned Fr. Anastasios to the dynamic and growing parish of St. Anna in Flemington, NJ. Fr. Anastasios celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the first time as Proistamenos on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at the Allerton Methodist Church in Annandale, NJ where the parish is now holding services. The parishioners of St. Anna have received Fr. Anastasios and his family with great warmth and love. At the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Anastasios expressed his joy and excitement at this wonderful opportunity to serve the growing needs of the progressive and hard-working parish. He looks ahead to sharing in the many historic parish milestones to come starting with the Ground Breaking Ceremony at the future church site on Voorhees Corner Road in Flemington on Saturday, September 17, 2011.