St. John the Divine has been serving and ministering in the Jacksonville area for over 90 years. We invite you to come and celebrate the Divine Liturgy with us every Sunday beginning at 10:00 am. All are welcome. May God bless you.
Rev. Dr. Nicholas G. Louh
The Reverend Dr. Nicholas Louh was born in Jacksonville, Florida on September 25, 1974 and currently serves as the Senior Priest of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church.
Upon graduating from the University of North Florida, Rev. Louh entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a highest distinction Masters of Divinity (1999) and a Masters of Theology (2000). He then attended Gordon Cornwell Theological Seminary where he earned a Doctorate of Ministry (2003) with an emphasis on Pastoral Counseling in the urban ministry.
Fr. Nicholas is known in both local and global communities as a devoted pastor, motivational speaker, and compassionate champion for those in need, and a passionate advocate for interfaith dialogue and social justice. Fr. Nicholas has a heart for guiding people through the difficulties of everyday life, by providing practical means to bridge their faith into their everyday life. He travels throughout the country leading retreats on understanding and living out God’s purpose. In addition to his role as pastor at St. John the Divine, Rev. Louh serves as the Vicar for the Eastern Florida Conference of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta and is a member of the Metropolis Council.
In addition to his role as pastor at St. John the Divine, Rev. Louh serves as the Vicar for the Eastern Florida Conference of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta and is a member of the Metropolis Council. He is also an Adjunct Professor of World Religions at the Florida State College at Jacksonville and is the chaplain for the Jacksonville Sharks Arena Football Team. He appears on WJCT radio as part of the “God Squad”, a monthly panel discussion broadcast program discussing a broad array of religious topics of current interest. He also proudly serves on several local and state boards, including OneJax, an interfaith organization. He is the co-host of a live call-in radio show with his wife, Dr. Roxanne Louh, called “Healthy Minds | Healthy Souls“, which can be found on Ancient Faith Radio on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 8pm. Rev. Louh also shares daily inspirational radio messages on 92.5 FM Sports Radio, as well as on local cable television.
Rev. Louh and his wife Dr. Roxanne Louh have two children, George and Gabriella. You can find out more about Fr. Nicholas by visiting his website, www.healthymindshealthysouls.org
Fr. Sebastian Mot
Fr. Sebastian Mot was born in Timisoara, Romania on May 9 th 1992. He immigrated here with his family in 1994 when he was two years old. His family moved around a bit but he primarily grew up in Florida, Michigan, and New York with his brother Daniel. Fr. Sebastian’s dad is also a priest that serves in the Metropolis of Atlanta in Florence, South Carolina.
Upon graduating high school father attended Hellenic College/Holy Cross in Brookline, MA in 2010 graduating with his bachelor’s degree in religious studies in 2014. Upon graduation, Fr. Sebastian continued his education at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he earned his Master’s degree in Divinity in 2017 and then continued on to more school in Boston.
While continuing his education with a post baccalaureate in Boston at Northeastern University Fr. Sebastian met and married his wife Presbytera Niki, who is from Virginia Beach, Virginia and was completing her Master’s degree in Divinity from Holy Cross. They married on the feast day of the Holy Prophet Elijah, July 20th, 2019.
On June 14th ,2020 father was ordained to the Holy Diaconate at his father’s parish in Florence, SC and to the Holy Priesthood two weeks later on June 28th , 2020 at St. John the divine in Jacksonville, FL.
Father enjoys learning about anything and everything, meeting and connecting people, traveling on long road trips and mission trips, spending time outdoors, both indoor and outdoor gardening, and anything related to technology including building computers.
Rev. Dr. Milton A. Magos
The Reverend Dr. Milton Magos was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania on February 13, 1943 to Harriet and Anthony Magos. He currently serves as a pastor of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church.
He attended Florida State University and upon graduation entered into the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, where he received a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree in May of 1970. He has retired from the practice of Dentistry after 45 years of service to the community of Jacksonville.
He has served actively in the St. John the Divine Parish since 1955, as an acolyte (altar boy), choir member, church school teacher, parish council member, festival chairman, GOYA (youth advisor) and member of the Diocesan Religious Education Commission. On September 29,1985 he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate of the Greek Orthodox Church by Bishop John (of blessed memory) of Atlanta. On May 23,1993 he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop Philip ( of blessed memory) of Atlanta.
Fr. Milton continues to assist Fr Nicholas Louh, the senior pastor of St. John the Divine.
Rev. Magos and his wife Helen Magos have been married 52 years and have two married children and six grandchildren.
Rev. Dn Athanasios Kartsonis
Rev. Deacon Athanasios Kartsonis was born in Teaneck, New Jersey to Demetrios and Demetra Kartsonis. The family moved from New Jersey to Jacksonville, Florida in 1978 and have been members at Saint John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church ever since. Deacon Athanasios, growing up, served as an altar boy and was tonsured a church reader by His Grace, Bishop John, of blessed memory. He graduated from Wolfson High School in 1987, attended and graduated from Florida State University in 1992, with a degree in Psychology. He is married Diakonissa Christina and together they have four children; Angelica, Katherine, Demetrios and Anaryiros.
In spring of 2010, with God’s grace and Metropolitan Alexios’ blessing, he was accepted to the Special Diaconate Program at Holy Cross Greek School of Theology and graduated in 2012. Deacon Athanasios was ordained to the Diaconate on February 3, 2013 by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios. Because deacons are primarily in service to their Bishop or Metropolitan, Rev. Deacon Athanasios serves not only St. John the Divine, but travels to all the neighboring parishes in the NorthEast Conference.
MDiv, Pastoral Assistant
Alyssa Kyritsis was born and raised in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies concentrating in Childhood and Adolescents. Alyssa entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and received a Master of Divinity with High Distinction in 2014. While at Holy Cross, she was the Director of the Campus Activities Board, a Sonia Belcher HCHC Ambassador, served on the Student Government Association Board and worked as the assistant to the Dean of Students. She is currently the youngest representative on the HCHC Alumni Board and was recently elected to serve on its Executive Board as the Vice President. She moved to Jacksonville in June 2014 to begin her work as the Pastoral Assistant of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church.
Alyssa has served on staff and in leadership roles at Pittsburgh’s Camp Nazareth, the Metropolis of Boston Camp, Ionian Village and St. Stephen’s Summer Camp for various summer camps and retreats over the past 11 years. She has been a contributing author for PRAXIS Magazine, interned at both the Metropolis of Pittsburgh and the Archdiocese Youth Offices, is a recipient of OCN’s 2017 30 under 30, and currently serves on the Metropolis of Atlanta’s Strategic Planning Committee. In October 2015, she married the love of her life, Nikolas Kyritsis, who currently serves as the Web Developer for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.