Fr. Panagiotis Sotiras (Fr. Pete for short) was assigned as the Pastor of St. Basil’s, Stockton on Sept. 1st, 2012, arriving with his wife, Presvytera Angie and their son Justin Paraskevas. The Sotiras’ showed up on the scene with excitement and eagerness, ready to grow in Christ with the parishioners of St. Basil’s.
Fr. Pete was raised in Novato, CA where he attended the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church. During that time, he was involved with various youth ministry programs such as: GOYA, Sunday School, Acolyte service and basketball. His priest growing up was Fr. Constantine Efstathiu, who faithfully served the St. Basil’s community from 1967-1984, and who still remains his mentor.
Fr. Pete received his bachelor’s degree in History from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) in 2001 and then attended Holy Cross Greek Orthodox seminary, where he received his Masters of Divinity in 2005. From 2002-2008 Fr. Pete served in the capacities of counselor, co-director and director at St. Nicholas Ranch Summer Camp for youth. Following seminary, Fr. Pete served as the Metropolis of San Francisco Youth and Family Ministries Director for three years. In 2008, he was ordained to the Priesthood, being assigned to Holy Cross in Belmont where he was the Assistant Priest up until he was reassigned to St. Basil’s.
Some of Father’s interests include reading, drawing and rooting on his favorite Bay Area sports teams: the Forty-Niners, Cal Bears, SF Giants and Warriors. Above all, he enjoys spending time with his family.
To reach Fr. Pete, you may contact him at (209) 478-7564 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.