The Board of Trustees of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishop of the United States of America, has announced the appointment of Nicholas Petrogeorge as Executive Director. Board Chairwoman, Eugenia Ordynsky, stated, “We are blessed to have a talent like Mr. Petrogeorge join OCPM as we implement our strategic plan and move to the next level.”
Nicholas comes to Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry with a decade of experience in non-profit leadership, fundraising, strategic planning, and program development. Nicholas has served as a Major Gifts Officer with FOCUS North America and most recently with Charlotte Rescue Mission. The son of a priest, he and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Charlotte, North Carolina and are members of St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church.
“Our Church acutely needs this ministry as it not only enables care for the incarcerated, but also provides a healthy challenge to serve and embrace all who come seeking the Lord, regardless of background. I look forward to building on the immense work of my predecessors,” Mr. Petrogeorge shared.
Mr. Petrogeorge succeeds Fr. Stephen Powley, who retired as Executive Director, but continues on staff at Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry as a prison ministry trainer and spiritual advisor. Fr. Stephen has served in prison ministry for 35 years, with most of those years as a career chaplain. The OCPM Board of Trustees is extremely grateful to Fr. Stephen for all of his hard work over the years on behalf of OCPM and looks forward to working with him further as he continues to train priests across the country.
Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry serves those who are incarcerated and their families, and provides resources, training and support to our ministry partners and shares the love of Christ and His Church with them so that lives are transformed, and God is glorified. Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry provides in-prison ministry, church outreach and training, aftercare, and correspondence programs to more than 3,400 men and women across the United States.