Emmanuel (Manos) Kassios was born in Athens, Greece. As most Greeks, he was raised in the Greek Orthodox religion and had no Bible knowledge of God’s true plan of salvation. Then he met his American wife, Gail, here in Greece. Gail was raised in a Christian family. Through her family--particularly her father--Manos heard that salvation came not by works, as religion had taught him, but by faith in Jesus Christ alone. Manos and his family began to attend Bible Baptist Church in Halandri In 1993. In February 1994, Manos received the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. In 2003 Manos was made a deacon of Bible Baptist Church, Halandri by Pastor Bill Bailey. Manos preaches in Greek one Friday a month, and also the last Sunday of every month.
Donato (Ato) Viana was born and raised in Occidental, Mindoro in the Philippines. He came to Greece in 1990 with the help of his wife, Myrna, who had come to Athens from the Philippines the previous year. Donato and Myrna began to attend Bible Baptist Church in January of 1993. They received Jesus Christ as their Savior in July of that year and later completed a discipleship course. Trained in preaching, Donato preaches at Bible Baptist Church in Halandri one Friday a month. He also leads a Filipino home Bible study.
Samuel Carlson, born Carlson Samuel Kakari Danqwah in Ghana, came to Greece in 1993. Through difficult circumstances he came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. After his salvation in 1995, he completed both the Source of Light and Emmaus Bible courses and went on to study university level courses with the Ezra Institute. Samuel led Bible studies in the prisons and began attending Bible Baptist Church, Halandri in 2008. Shortly thereafter, Samuel took over the Bible correspondence course ministry and became one of the church’s interim preachers. In January of 2017, Maria Leoni Georgopoulou, a native Greek, began to attend Bible Baptist Church. A month later, she received Jesus Christ as her Savior, and in January of 2018, she and Samuel were married. Today, Maria and Samuel serve together providing weekly Bible studies and biblical counseling to the Greek community.
Patrick Usifo was born and raised in Benin City, Nigeria. After studying civil engineering in Turkey, he returned to Nigeria to work for the federal government. Patrick came to Greece in 1995 where, three years later, he married his Greek wife. Born into a pagan family, Patrick was introduced to true Christianity in 1999 when he was sent a Bible. Patrick has completed the Source of Light and Emmaus Bible courses as well as the university level Ezra Institute and Crossroad Bible Institute courses. He has led Bible study groups in the Greek prisons and is the founder of Global Intercessors and Prayer Ministry. Patrick has preached at various Bible-believing churches in Athens, in addition to teaching and preaching at Bible Baptist Church in Halandri. He is currently involved in the prison ministry.
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Pastor Peter Tsirozidis was born in Athens, Greece and moved to the United States with his family at the age of twelve. He attended school in Pennsylvania and later graduated from Kutztown State University where he met his wife, Lydia Trecroce. Peter moved back to Athens in 1982 with his wife. In the spring of 1994, the Tsirozidis family began to attend Bible Baptist Church, Halandri. At that time, missionaries William Bailey and Larry Theofanopoulos pastored the church. Through the witness of these faithful men, Peter and Lydia came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. A few months after Peter was saved, he began working in the prison ministry. After more than two years of Bible instruction, Peter began teaching the adult Sunday school at Bible Baptist, as well as preaching at other Bible believing churches in Greece. He was ordained in April of 2001 and served as assistant pastor until December of 2010. On January 1st of 2011, after the resignation of the former pastor, Peter answered the Lord’s call to take over the pastorate of Bible Baptist Church.
[For more information about Pastor & Lydia visit: https://www.fbc-wa.org/the-tsirozidi-family-missionaries-to-greece/ ]