Helen and Lou Nicozisis
Helen and Lou Nicozisis, longtime, active and distinguished members of Leadership 100, will be honored for their faithful and continued commitment to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), at a Celebration Gala to be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Boca Raton, Florida.
OCMC is especially acknowledging Helen Nicozisis for her distinctive service as the first layperson President of OCMC, a Pan-Orthodox ministry and mission of sharing the Gospel to all nations. OCMC is the official foreign mission and evangelism agency of all Orthodox jurisdictions under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. OCMC missionaries and ministries have been in more than 35 countries on six continents.
In 1981, Helen was elected President of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund for Orthodox Missions (EFOM), still serving in that capacity. She also serves on the Mission Institute Board as President of EFOM. In 2001 she was elected as President of the Board of Directors of OCMC, the first layperson and woman to be elected to this position. She has served on the OCMC Board for more than three decades, also serving on the Executive Committee, as Treasurer, Chair of the Development Committee and Chair of the Capital Campaign that led to the May 2009 dedication of the Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administration Building of the OCMC in St. Augustine, Florida.
As President of OCMC Board of Directors, Helen accepted the 2003 Athenagoras Human Rights Award of the Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on behalf of the OCMC.
In 1992, Lou was invested as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Order of St. Andrew. He served for 17 years on the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and chaired, underwrote and initiated its Department of Outreach and Evangelism. In 2002, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Lou served on the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2010.
Helen and Lou received the St. Paul Medal, the highest award given to a layperson of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, from Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory.
Helen and Lou are members of Annunciation Church in Lancaster, PA, St. Mark Church in Boca Raton, FL and St. Catherine Church in West Palm Beach, FL. They are benefactors of OCMC, EFOM, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Massachusetts, St. Herman’s Seminary in Alaska, St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York and numerous global missionary endeavors, translation of books on mission and local and national charities.