Archimandrite Gabriel Barrow

Archimandrite Gabriel Barrow
Archimandrite Gabriel Barrow

Archimandrite Gabriel Barrow was a priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America(GOA), Metropolis of Denver. He was suspended from the priesthood by the GOA on March 4, 2004, and defrocked on February 22, 2005, for the sexual abuse of teenaged boys.

Prior to being received into the GOA in 1995, Barrow was a priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America (AA). He was first accused of sexual misconduct with boys in 1977 while he was serving at St. Elias Church in Sylvania, Ohio. Barrow was subsequently suspended by the AA, and sometime afterward moved to Houston.

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Houston lists Barrow among the “attached and retired” clergy who served at their parish.

In 1995 Barrow began serving at a GOA parish in Webster, Texas, St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church. He was made an archimandrite by Metropolitan Isaiah Chronopoulos of the GOA’s Metropolis of Denver in March, 2000.

Another victim from Ohio reported to the AA in May of 2000 that he had been sexually abused by Barrow when he was a teen. The AA bishop, Antoun Khouri, said that Barrow was no longer under the jurisdiction of the AA. However, the bishop wrote to Chronopoulos and Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis, the head of the GOA, several days later and told them about the allegations.

In August of 2003 yet another Ohio victim came forward, this time by giving a written statement to the GOA about his sexual abuse as a teenager by Barrow.

The victim who reported to the AA in 2000, and whose allegations had been forwarded to Chronopoulos and Trakatellis that same year, also gave a written statement to the GOA in December of 2003.

As noted above, Barrow was suspended by the GOA in March of 2004. Both men who had given written statements to the GOA testified at the spiritual court proceeding. Barrow was defrocked the following year.

In September of 2009, the Houston police executed a search warrant on Barrow’s house, his place of business, and his person. The warrant alleged that Barrow was in possession of child pornography.

Barrow attended St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, which belongs to the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

At the Fifth All American Council of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) in October of 1977, Barrow received one vote for metropolitan of the OCA. It is unclear whether this was before or after his suspension by the AA.

Barrow worked in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) for 25 years. According to the Houston Chronicle he started work as a teacher in 1979, 2 years after his suspension by the AA. He was transferred to the central office in 1988. Barrow was an instructional supervisor in 2004, working with teachers rather than students, when news of the allegations against him became public. An HISD investigation found no cause to remove him from this position, and Barrow retired as planned in May, 2004.