REVEREND FATHER WILLIAM JOHN BARTZ
Father William J. Bartz, son of Father and Mrs. George Bartz, was born in Scranton, ΡΑ and raised in Akron, ΟΗ. He graduated from Hellenic College in 1975 with a Bachelors of Arts and from Holy Cross School of Theology in 1978 with a Masters in Divinity. He became a United States Navy Chaplain in May 1977 and a Priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in March 1982.
Father Bartz was an Assistant Priest at Saint Paul Church in North Royalton, ΟΗ and in 1984 went on active duty. His Navy commands were Naval Station Norfolk, USS Biddle CG 34, and USS Carl Vinson CVN 70. His Marine Corps commands were in Camp Lejeune, NC; Okinawa, Japan; Quantico, VA; and Norfolk, VA, serving in a Battalion, Regiment, Group, Base, Division, and Force. He was Pastor at the Orthodox Chapels in North Carolina, in Japan, and in Virginia.
In June 2003, he received the ecclesiastical Offikion of Protopresbyter. In June 2005, Captain Bartz graduated from the Army War College in Carlisle, ΡΑ, receiving a Masters in Strategic Studies. During his last five years on active duty, Captain Bartz was the most senior Orthodox Priest in the US military.
After retiring from the Navy, he served His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas as the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit from August 2011 to August 2013.
On 1 September 2013, Father Bill Bartz became the Presiding Priest of Holy Trinity Church in Carmel, Indiana (Indianapolis area).
Captain Bartz was awarded two Legions of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, and other unit awards. The Navy Chaplain Corps selected him to be the 2010 recipient of the John Η. Craven Award, a peer-nominated and peer-selected Award by Navy Captain Chaplains, recognizing his exemplary servant-leadership among Chaplains.
Father Bartz is married to the former Emily V. Mamalis, daughter of Father and Mrs. James Mamalis. They have three children, Joanna Nicolaides (Evan), Maria, George, and one granddaughter, Emilia Nicolaides, and one grandson, John Nicolaides.
FATHER LUCAS CHRISTENSEN
Father Lucas Christensen, son of S. Mark and Leesha Christensen, was born in Beulah, ND and raised in Burlington, IA, Gillette, and Casper, WY. He graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Theology. In summer of 2004, he completed the certificate at the International Academy of Apologetics and Human Rights at the Université de Strasbourg, Alsace, France.
He worked as an administrator at Indiana University's main campus in Bloomington, IN from 2007-2013. While living in Bloomington, he worked with the local parish, All Saints Orthodox Church, assisting with Sunday school, youth group, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, nursing home ministry, inquirer catechesis, adult education, chant and choir, and altar service.
He enrolled at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in fall of 2013. He served as Teacher's Assistant both for Rev. Dr. Eugen Pentiuc in Old Testament, and for Dr. Evie Zachariades-Holmberg in New Testament Greek. In September of 2015, his senior exegesis paper on Mark 4:1-9 was selected by the Theology faculty as first in the graduating class. He was ordained to the diaconate on 27 March 2016 by the hand of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Ann Arbor, MI. He graduated as Valedictorian of the class of 2016 with a Master of Divinity, Summa cum Laude. Immediately after graduation, he assisted Father Christopher Metropoulos on the composition of the commentary for the Great and Holy Council in Crete of June 2016. On 19 September 2016, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Carmel, Indiana, where he is now serving as Assistant Priest.
Father Lucas was married to Stacey Christensen (née Finke), daughter of Dr. And Mrs. Roger Finke in August of 2003. They have two children, Theodore and Genevieve.