Parish History

The Holy Apostles Church started in the Fifties.  At that time many Greek Orthodox families moved out of Chicago to the suburbs.  The officers of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago authorized a group to organize a new parish in the western suburbs on March 20, 1953.

The Reverend Father Nicholas Spellyotis celebrated the first sacrament of the new parish when he baptized Charles Maniatis on May 1954 at the Methodist Church in Maywood.  Father Nicholas worked diligently to organize a new parish in the western suburbs. Hand other priests celebrated the Divine Liturgy at various places in the western suburbs from 1954-1958.

Reverend Father William Chiganos was appointed pastor of Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church and celebrated the first Divine Liturgy in the gymnasium of the Nixon School in Westchester on July 12, 1959.  The Building Committee searched for a more suitable site and found an Evangelical Lutheran Church building in Broadview.  The church’s interior was transformed to comply with the requirements of Greek Orthodox worship.

The 280 family church purchased five acres of land on South Wolf Road in Westchester for $43,000 in 1961. Its Building Committee engaged Edward Dart to design and direct construction of a new church building. The Church’s General Assembly approved plans and construction commenced on June 61964. Holy Apostles celebrated the "Opening of the Doors" on Sunday, June 27, 1965.

The church building features Neo-Byzantine architecture.  Mr. Dart extensively studied, researched, and travelled throughout Greece and the Middle East to study this design.  Three basic materials (concrete, brick and wood) were utilized to build this impressive and distinctive church building. The church’s interior features beautiful and magnificent mosaic icons designedby artists in Italy.  Holy Apostles received Honor Awards and Citations of Merit from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for outstanding architectural achievements. 

In the ensuing years many dreams became realities for the church. The new Christian Educational Center consisting of eight classrooms and a multi-purpose room was added in 1973. Throughout the years many beautiful mosaic icons have been installed.  The beautiful church building was consecrated by Archbishop Iakovos on June 1, 1975.

From 1959-2014 Holy Apostles Church was led by Father Chiganos.  Many associatepastors have greatly aided the church.  They include Fathers Apostolos Georgiafentis, Rick Andrews, Peter Spiro, Panagiotis Hasiakos and John Tsikalas. Reverend Father Nicholas Georgiou who also served as an associate pastor became the presiding pastor in 2015.  Thanks to God and many talented and committed stewards, Holy Apostles has grown from its humble beginnings to its present membership of 800 stewards. They follow their mission statement in providing a “loving, caring and welcoming community where all are nurtured and grow in our Orthodox Christian Faith through worship, education, service, witness and fellowship.” Holy Apostles is known for its prayerful and engaging worship, welcoming community and manyeducational programs and ministries. The Holy Apostles Resource Center (HARC) promotes education by providing Orthodox resources.  AMNOS offers daily bible guides and some publications. Daily and evening bible studies and home group studies are provided.  The church hosts the annual Metropolis of Chicago Celebration of Orthodox Books which brings Orthodox speakers from all over the world.  The monthly MOSAIC newsletter provides information and theological education.  The Church’s many and diverse ministries hope to engage people in all walks of their Orthodox Christian life.  Holy Apostles seeks to “let its light shine” throughout the world as missionary partners with the churches in Albania and Korea.  The light shines locally each year when the church purchases raw materials and packs 111,000 meals for hungry people in Chicago! This is the church’s history.  Holy Apostles looks forward to the future and “pressing on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us.” (Philippians 3:14)