Hello my Name is: Steven Christoforou. Most people call me Steve or Stelios. Some call me Steve Law (I was a lawyer before seminary).
My patron saint is: St. Stylianos of Paphlagonia. He’s a patron saint of children. Read about him!
My favorite children’s book is: I really love the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. I’ve read it at least four or five times, I think. I also have a soft spot for the Harry Potter series; I’ve read that twice. In fact, Book 7 came out a few days before I took the NY bar exam. Guess what I was doing instead of studying those last few days?
My job is: I’m the new Youth Protection / Parish Ministries Coordinator for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
What I love about my job: After four years at Seminary (which I loved), I’m just happy to be serving the Church in whatever way I can! God willing, I’ll have something to offer!
What parents and youth workers should know about Youth Protection: True Youth Protection is more than just “negative,” keeping kids safe from harm. Just as important is the “positive” element, introducing them to Christ. And, let’s be honest, can we introduce someone to Christ if we don’t know Him?
If I could tell our youth one thing it would be: You’re are loved. Life can get really difficult, and we all sometimes feel alone or scared. But always remember: you are loved, exactly as you are, with no strings attached.