Michael Pappas was appointed as the Executive Director of Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in August 2007. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from California State University Stanislaus. Michael has spent considerable time serving various institutions and ministries within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Most notably, he was the Director of Ionian Village, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Direct Archdiocesan District, Program Director for Ionian Village, and Associate Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Archdiocese. Prior to accepting his position at the Ranch, Michael served as Pastoral Assistant at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Modesto, CA.
St. Nicholas Ranch is a very special place to me. When I was young, the retreats and programs at the Ranch played an important role in my life, helping me to grow as an Orthodox Christian, even helping to lead me to the seminary. Being able to work in this Holy ministry of the Church is both a great honor and a privilege.