Rev. Father Anastasios Bozikis
Father Anastasios Bozikis was born in Warialda NSW in 1970. As an infant his family moved to the Gold Coast and he was baptised in the Church of Saint George in 1972.
He attended Broadbeach State School and also served as an Altar Boy in the Church of Saint Anna on the Coast.
In 1980 his family moved to Brisbane, where he completed his primary and high school studies. He attended Sunday School at Saint George and was later Chairman of the Youth Fellowship of the Dormition of the Theotokos Parish at Mt Gravatt where he also served as a Sunday School teacher for a time.
In 1990 he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from The University of Queensland.
He moved to Sydney in 1991 to study Theology at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College and in 1995 he graduated with a Bachelor of Theology Degree. In 1997 he received the degree of Master of Theology from the University in Sydney. He taught Religion, Economics, Commerce and History at St. Spyridon College in Sydney from 1994-1999.
Father Anastasios married Maria Skoumbourdis in December, 1996 at St Spyridon Church, Sydney.
In 1998, Father Anastasios was ordained a Deacon by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos and, subsequently, a Priest in 1999. He served the Parishes of Bankstown and Kogarah for 5 years. Between 1997 and 2001 Father Bozikis also lectured in Patristics at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College. In December 1998 the Archbishop nominated him to represent the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese as part of the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the General Assembly of the World Council of Churches held in Harare, Zimbabwe. He represented the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Churches in Australia from 1999-2003.
In 2004 he received a transfer to the Church of Saint George in Brisbane. Beyond his pastoral duties Father Anastasios has served as a Chaplain to The University of Queensland and a member of the Executive Committee of Queensland Churches Together (QCT). In 2008-2009 he completed a term as President of QCT. Since 2011 Father Bozikis has lectured in Early Church History at St Francis’ Anglican Theological College, Milton as an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Theology of Charles Sturt University.
Father Anastasios and Presbytera Maria have four (4) children, Dionysios, Zoe, George & Theofilos.