PARISH CLERGY & STAFF
Fr. Jerry Hall
Fr. Jerry was born and raised in Wadsworth, Ohio. Following graduation from Wadsworth high school, he attended Ohio Northern University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1979. Upon graduation he married Helene Theodore of Euclid, Ohio, a fellow pharmacist, and was introduced to the Orthodox faith. Filled with a strong desire to serve the Lord, he left his pharmacy career and enrolled at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He received his Masters of Divinity in 1988, graduating as Salutatorian.
Fr. Jerry was ordained to the diaconate in Akron, Ohio on January 3, 1988, and to the priesthood on July 24, 1988. He was assigned to Annunciation in September 1988 as Assistant Priest, and was installed as the Proistamenos (head priest) in 1995. Fr. Jerry and Pres. Helene have been blessed with four sons, Mark, Scott (Kira), Jerry (Laura), Luke (Sarah), and grandson Ethan. The boys spent their formative years in Sunday School, Greek School, JOY, GOYA, serving as Altar Boy Captains, Readers, and Metropolis Camp Counselors. After finishing their college careers, they have branched out to other locales, seeking to give back to their communities at large.
Fr. Andrew Lentz
Fr. Andrew is a very proud Clevelander! His parents, Theodore and Susan Lentz raised him in their inner city home along with his younger sister. After graduating from St. Ignatius High School in 2001, Fr. Andrew began his undergraduate studies at Loyola University Chicago, transferred and graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2005. Fr. Andrew went on to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology where he met his wife, Presbytera Lorena. As a student immigrant from Albania, she graduated Valedictorian in 2009 from Hellenic College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Leadership. She currently works in asset-liability management for PNC Bank. Fr. Andrew and Pres. Lorena were married in 2010. Fr. Andrew graduated with distinction in 2009, earning the degree Master of Divinity.
As a seminary graduate, Fr. Andrew accepted his first position as a youth director and pastoral assistant at Sts. Constantine and Helen Church in Reading, PA. On October 6, 2012, he became the first to be ordained by the newly installed Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh. Fr. Andrew was ordained a Deacon at Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and later a Priest at Annunciation Church in Akron, Ohio on December 23, 2012. Fr. Andrew and Pres. Lorena have been with us since 2012. They have two adorable sons, Theodore and Lazaros.
Barb has been the Office Administrator of Annunciation for over 40 years! She’s the bedrock of our office and knows everyone in the parish about as well as the priests. In her spare time, Barb is an active member of the Falls Cancer Club, an organization that assists the citizens of nearby Cuyahoga Falls cover medical expenses. She’s the caring mother of two English Bulldogs and a 3 pound Yorkie. She and her loving husband, Gary, of over 30 years have been lifetime citizens of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.