Adult Religious Education Program

THE GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF DETROIT

AND

ANNUNCIATION-ST. PARASKEVI GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF NEW BUFFALO, MI

 

PRESENT AN

 

ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

THE BIBLE: UNDERSTANDING ITS AUTHORS, ITS

MAKEUP, AND ITS MEANING FOR THE EARLY CHURCH

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 4—1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To be held at American Hellenic Center, New Buffalo, MI 49117

17760 Behner Road, US Rt. 12 off I-94, Exit 4B

 

Doors open at 1:00 p.m. 

Free parking and admission

 

Featured speaker:  Fr. Mark Sietsema, Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Lansing, MI

This program is free of charge.  All are invited.  Refreshments will be provided.

 

  Fr. Mark Sietsema was ordained to the Diaconate by Archbishop Spyridon in May, 1998 and thereafter served at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.  In July, 2000, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Archbishop Demetrios and assigned to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Lansing, MI.  In December, 2009, Metropolitan Nicholas awarded him the Offikion of Oikonomos.

 

As Parish Priest of Holy Trinity, Fr. Mark has hosted the Lansing Interfaith Day 3 times.

 

Fr. Mark received his M.Div. (summa cum laude) from Holy Cross School of Theology in 1998.  He holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Comparative Religion from the University of Michigan (1985) and a Ph.D in Linguistics from M.I.T. (1989); his dissertation was on African tone languages.  Before ordination, Fr. Mark worked as the pronunciation editor for Merriam-Webster dictionaries.  He currently serves as the associate pronouncer for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

 

Fr. Mark is married to Presvytera Katherine (Chapekis) Sietsema, and they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in September, 2016.  Presvytera Kathy is a freelance editor and lexicographer, as well as an accomplished knitter.  They

have two boys, ages 12 and 13.  Fr. Mark was born in 1962 in Grand Rapids, MI.  He was raised in a branch of the Dutch Reformed Church.