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.
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/ ]