Father Michael Pappas

Father Michael Pappas
Father Michael Pappas

Father Michael Pappas was a priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA), Metropolis of San Francisco. In 2004 he began working at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco.

Three years after assuming the position at Holy Trinity Church, Pappas resigned. In a letter to the congregation, he admitted that he had “strayed from faithfulness” to his wife, and that the couple was divorcing.

Pappas made it clear that the incidents of infidelity did not involve any minors. However, he declined to comment as to whether the person or persons with whom he was involved belonged to his congregation.

According to the 2008 GOA Yearbook, Pappas was suspended from the priesthood on August 20, 2007. The October, 2008, issue of the Orthodox Observer reported that he was defrocked on July 23, 2008.

Pappas also was once a member of the Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board for the GOA. The biography posted in connection with that position said:

“Born in Glen Ridge New Jersey on May 14, 1961, Father Michael graduated from Dickinson College in 1983, after which he worked as a lobbyist for CNN Communications Inc., then as the Northern California Regional Field Director for Reagan Bush ‘84. Following the campaign, he began his career as an investment banker for JB Hannauer & Co., the oldest municipal bond firm in New Jersey. In 1987, Father Michael left the world of finance and enrolled at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology graduating with honors in the Class of 1992.

While Pastor at the St. Basil Parish in Stockton, California, in June of 2002, with the permission of His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of San Francisco, he accepted the invitation of Roman Catholic Bishop Stephen Blair to sit on the Diocese of Stockton Clergy Sexual Misconduct Review Board. This board, formed out of deliberations of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Dallas, is charged with advising the local bishop on policies related to clergy sexual misconduct, as well as reviewing and assessing cases.

On August 1, 2004, Father Michael will begin a new chapter in his ministry as the Proistamenos of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco. He is married to the former Alexandra Manolis and they have three children.”