Connecting Youth and Church – Steven Christoforou

Meet Mr. Steven Christoforou, the wonderful new Youth Protection and Parish Ministries Coordinator for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  You can also find him on the awesome new YouTube series created by the GOA Youth Office.  The videos are called “Be the Bee!”.  The first video is very witty and entertaining, while simultaneously explaining the beautiful words of Elder Paisios, in a kid friendly way.  You can watch and subscribe to the series, on the Y2AM Youtube channel.  I am so grateful and feel very blessed that he took the time to do this interview, and am so thankful for all the work he is doing! I can’t wait for the next video, and what new and wonderful things are ahead!

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.

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