Lake Havasu Orthodox Church

An Orthodox Christian Mission has been formed under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco with the blessings of Metropolitan Gerasimos to serve the needs of the Mohave County region of Arizona. Our Mission will hold services in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Lake Havasu is close driving distance to Parker, Bullhead City, Kingman, Blyth, Needles, Fort Mohave, Oatman and Yucca Arizona.

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Upcoming Dates For Divine Liturgy

Please join us in celebrating the Divine Liturgy on Saturday January 21st at 10am at our new location: 341 Mulberry Ave. Havasu Christian Church. We are happy to announce that Church Services will be held @ Havasu Christian Church going forward, this is a great move in the right direction as the Church has plenty of parking, seating, a playground, as well as a rec facility that we are able to use for after service coffee hour.

We are excited about the growth we have seen thus far and look forward to enlarging our Orthodox Church Family in Lake Havasu City - Come Join Us. Afterwards there will be a potluck lunch, please bring a favorite dish to share!! We look forward to seeing you.

Future Dates:

January 21st - Fr. Andrew

January 28th - Fr. John  

The Process of Receiving Non-Orthodox Persons Into the Orthodox Church:
To become a member of the Orthodox Church means that one enjoys the same sacraments and way of life that the ancient church established. The process of joining the church varies according to each person's situation and circumstances.

Baptized Christians are generally received through the Sacrament of Chrismation In general, the Orthodox Church does not re-baptize a Christian who has received baptism in a mainline Protestant or the Roman Catholic Church. The criterion is that the Baptism was done in the name of the Trinity along with proof, i.e. a certificate or parental verification. The Orthodox Church does not accept the baptisms of Mormons. An initial consultation is done with the Priest by appointment and then, a method of preparation for the Chrismation is discussed.  


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Fr. Michael

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Fr. Andrew

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Do You Have Questions On Becoming An Orthodox Christian?
Recommended Books on the Orthodox Church
There are two books recommended for an overview of the Orthodox Church. Fr. Anthony Coniaris, Introducing the Orthodox Church, and, Bishop Kallistios Ware's, The Orthodox Church. Those from Protestant backgrounds, Fr. Jordan Bajis, Common Ground: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity, and Fr. Peter Gillquist's, Becoming Orthodox.

A DVD series on the faith is also available through Fr. Andrew.
Attending a series of introductory classes is required
Fr. Andrew offers classes throughout the year so please contact him for more details.

Items Needed for a Chrismation or adult Baptism
A Godparent or Sponsor who is a member of the Orthodox Church
A decorated Candle
A cross and necklace

Never Been Baptized?
A person who has never been baptized is received through Baptism, Chrismation and Holy Communion. In order to marry an Orthodox Christian one must be a baptized Christian.

Items Needed for an Adult Baptism
A Godparent ( cannot be the parent of a fiance)
A white bathrobe, a large white bath towel and an white hand towel
Sandals and white clothes to change into afterwards
A small bottle of olive oil and a white bar of soap
A decorated candle, a cross and necklace
A modest one piece bathing suit

There are no fees associated with joining the Orthodox Church. Once received, each new member enrolls as a Steward of the Church and actively participates in the sacramental life of the Church. Please contact Fr. Andrew and schedule an appoint to begin the process.


Our Priest:
Rev. Andrew J. Barakos, Economos:
Fr. Andrew Barakos was born on December 14, 1961 in Berkeley, California. His parents, John and Eva Barakos raised him in Lafayette, California along with two older sisters and a younger brother. After graduating from Acalanes High School in 1980, Fr. Andrew attended Cal State Hayward as a biology major. After making a decision to change his major in 1984, Father Andrew received a calling to the priesthood. He enrolled at Hellenic College, Brookline, MA, in January, 1985.

While on staff that summer at the Athenagoras Retreat Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he met his future presvytera Andrea Contos from Denver Colorado. Presvytera Andrea holds a Bachelor in Education from the University of Northern Colorado. On December 28, 1986 they were married at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver. On May 16, 1987, Fr. Andrew graduated from Hellenic College with a Bachelor of Arts. On May 19, 1990, Fr. Andrew graduated with distinction from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology with the degree Master of Divinity.

As a seminarian graduate, Fr. Andrew was ordained a Deacon by Bishop Anthony of San Francisco, on March 17, 1991 at his home parish of the Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland, California. On April 1, 1991, Fr. Andrew received his first appointment to St. Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, California. On May 12, 1991, Fr. Andrew was elevated from the Deaconate to the Holy Priesthood on May 12, 1991. Presvytera Andrea gave birth to their first child Evan on August 17, 1992. Fr. Andrew and Presvytera Andrea received their second appointment on March 1, 1995 to serve the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. On May 3, 1995, Presvytera gave birth to their second son Nicholas. On March 27, 1998, Presvytera gave birth to their third son Alexios.

Since 1995, Fr. Andrew Barakos has been the priest of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Scottsdale and The Lake Havasu Orthodox Mission. He is currently, the Vicar of the southwestern region of the Metropolis of San Francisco. Fr. Andrew is a board member of the Trustees, Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, the Metropolis Council of San Francisco and the Commission on Missions and Evangelism. He is a past member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Church.
Contact Fr. Andrew (480) 991-3009
or via email at