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Rector

Father Tom Papazoglakis

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Fr. Tom Papazoglakis serves as Rector of St. George’s Church along with his wife, Mtr. Elizabeth Papazoglakis who is the Associate Rector.  Fr. Tom graduated from Louisiana State University with Bachelor of Architecture in 1978, receiving his architectural license and NCARB certification in 1981. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Tulane University.

Fr. Tom left his career in the design and construction industry to attend seminary at Nashotah House Seminary in Nashotah, WI. He received a Master of Divinity in 2002 and was ordained to the diaconate in 2001. He was ordained priest in 2002.  He served as Associate Priest at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Pewaukee, WI, before being called as Priest-in-Charge in 2003. He left this position in 2012, spending two months in Cairo, Egypt while on sabbatical and as a guest of the Episcopal Diocese of Egypt.

Fr. Tom was called as Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in 2013 where he served until being called with Mtr. Elizabeth as Priests-in-Charge of St. George’s in November 2015.  Fr. Tom was called as Rector of St. George's in March 2017. Mtr. Elizabeth graduated from Nashotah House Seminary in 2021 with a Doctor of Ministry.

Fr. Tom and Mtr. Elizabeth have been married 40+ years and have three grown daughters, Erika, Niki (Joe), and Sarah (Boris). They have three grandchildren, Ainslie, Aidan, and Ashton. 




Associate Rector

Mother Elizabeth Papazoglakis

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Mother Elizabeth Papazoglakis serves as Associate Rector of St. George’s Church with her husband, Fr. Tom Papazoglakis who is the Rector of St. George's. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree and holds a Master of Arts degree from Nicholls State University in Psychological Counseling. Mtr. Elizabeth worked as a Psychological Associate for a residential facility and had a private counseling practice, specializing in issues of marriage and family, prior to entering seminary.

She received her Master of Arts in Theology from Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corner, WI. She was ordained Deacon in 2009 and Priest in 2010 in the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. She served as Curate and then Associate to the Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, from 2010 to 2013. Mtr. Elizabeth graduated from Nashotah House Seminary in 2020 with a Doctor of Ministry.

In 2013, Mtr. Elizabeth was called as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Massena, NY. Mtr. Elizabeth and Fr. Tom Papazoglakis accepted a call to St. George’s to serve as Priests-in-Charge beginning All Saints Day, November 1, 2015. She was appointed Associate Rector in March 2017.

Mtr. Elizabeth and Fr. Tom have been married 40+ years and have three grown daughters, Erika, Niki (Joe), and Sarah (Boris). They have three grandchildren, Ainslie, Aidan, and Ashton.




Deacon for Pastoral Care

Deacon Maureen Demler

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Maureen Demler has served at St. George’s as Deacon since her ordination in May 2009 with the exception of 2 ½ years spent in England with her husband, Randy, while he worked with a contractor for the British Navy.  While in England, Maureen was licensed to serve 2 small parishes in the Diocese of Derby in the East Midlands.

Deacon Maureen has a MA in Education from SUNY Albany and taught high school science and math before attending Albany College of Pharmacy.  She practiced pharmacy for 30 years and has now retired from paid employment.  She is happy to assist in the pharmacy of a yearly medical mission to the Dominican Republic.

Maureen serves as the Deacon for Pastoral Care and believes strongly in the importance of maintaining loving connections with those parishioners unable to attend services at St. George’s on their own and those experiencing difficulties of any kind.  St. George’s is currently holding training for lay pastoral care givers through the Community of Hope.  We are also developing a meal ministry, reinvigorating our prayer ministry and hoping to develop a prayer shawl ministry.

Maureen and Randy live in Burnt Hills.  They have three grown sons, one grandson and one granddaughter.




Organist and Choir Director

Janie Prim

Janie joined the staff of St. George's in June 2020. 

Before coming to Clifton Park, Janie was a well-known San Diego-based pianist/accompanist who became known for her church organ skills. She was hired as interim organist at St. James-by-the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, CA, where Janie studied with Robert Plimpton and Jared Jacobsen on the 64-rank pipe organ. Her next job was at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, where she studied organ with Martin Green, canon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. Janie maintained an active musical life as music director/chorus mistress for Lyric Opera San Diego, as well as principal outreach accompanist and dance rehearsal pianist for San Diego Opera, and official pianist for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She was in demand as auditions accompanist for local theaters such as Cygnet, North County Repertory Arts, and the Old Globe.

We are thrilled and blessed to have her. 




Praise Band Leader

Father Darius Mojallali

Father Darius joined the staff of St. George's in January 2021.

Father Darius has been leading contemporary Christian music for many years, often at Diocesan Conventions and other diocesan and parish events and conferences. He plays guitar, violin, mandolin and a little ukulele and enjoy singing. In his ministry as a priest, he served parishes in the Albany Diocese since 1983, most recently Delhi and Hobart. He retired in 2019 with the hope that he would be able to serve as a minister of music for worship.

We are excited to have him serve in that capacity at Saint George’s.




 
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