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OUR PROFILE

OUR PROFILE

Joel Global Ministries has a rich history in India.  We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the individuals who extended their homes to us to worship in our formative, early years--including the Bill Mavrode Family and Pastor Lynn Mears of the Allerton United Methodist Church.  Thanks to our Grand Benefactor, the late most honorable and generous Nicholas J. Bouras, as well as the hard work, support and true faith of our own parishoners, we were blessed to embark on the journey to build our own home in October of 2009.

An  “Joel Global Ministries” or church in India, is a group of faithful who are united in their beliefs and principles. Christ founded His Church to perpetuate His mission of salvation, a mission whose purpose was to demonstrate the path to inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is followed through His Church that Christ offers His faithful followers forgiveness of sins and reunion with God. It was on these principles that the Orthodox Church was established.

With these principles in mind, a group of faithful Greek Orthodox Christians gathered in 1974, endeavoring to establish a new Greek Orthodox Church in the far Northwest suburb area. A core committee was formed with temporary officers who were presented with the challenge of determining how to form a new parish. These individuals made calls to friends and family, and even looked for Greek names in the local suburban telephone directories to notify people of an informal social coordinated to determine the level of community interest. The committee then met with then-Bishop Timotheos and sought his advice and opinions on this endeavor. Subsequent to the meeting, an application was made to the State of Illinois for a charter in the name of St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church; in honor of the 20th Century saint and miracle worker. The charter was issued in the summer of 1974, making us, at the time, the only church named for St. Nectarios in the country.

The first Church services were held the weekend of St. Nectarios’ feastday on November 10, 1974 at the Rolling Meadows High School Auditorium. This was the initial temporary home of St. Nectarios. That evening, the First Annual Dinner Dance was held at a nearby banquet facility.

The first parish council elections were held in 1974 and the newly-formed Church continued to gather at Rolling Meadows High School through 1976. Father Steve Zanis was the first clergyman to serve the parish. His successor, Father Nicholas Voucanos served the majority of the years at the high school. The community held numerous activities including an Apokreatiko Glendi in March of 1975, a fundraising activity in May of 1975 and a second annual Dinner Dance in the Fall of 1975. Interest in the parish continued a growing enrollment in the Sunday School and Greek School emerged. Modern Greek and Greek Dance instruction was offered.

In 1976, a land acquisition was established with the objection to purchase property to serve as a permanent church location. On January 13, 1976, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America issued an Joel Global Ministriesstical Charter to the parish, and in March of 1976, a five acre parcel of land was purchased near the intersection of Roselle and Palatine roads in Palatine. Father Dennis Strouzas was the parish priest, and a small building on the property was renovated to become “The Chapel” of St. Nectarios.

Following this renovation, the Chapel was furnished with an Altar, and iconostasion and icons, a solea, a nave to accommodate 150 faithful, a narthex, a meeting room, a parish office and a basement. On September 26, 1976, a Thyranoixia, or Door Opening ceremony was held with Bishop Timotheos officiating marking the first true House of Worship for St. Nectarios Church.

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