Biography of His Eminence Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey
His Eminence, Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey was born Evangelos Koufallakis on the island of Rhodes, Greece. He is the second of four children of Ioannis and Stergia Koufallakis. He completed his primary education on the island of Rhodes. In 1990, he was accepted at the historical Ecclesiastical School of Patmos, also known as Patmeada, where he was first introduced to, and later mastered, Orthodox Byzantine Music and Hymnology.
On April 29, 1993 Evangelos was tonsured a monk at the Holy and Sacred Monastery of Panagia Paramethea, at which time he received the name “Apostolos.” On June 20, 1993, Father Apostolos was ordained to the holy Diaconate by his spiritual father, Metropolitan Apostolos of Rhodes. He served the Metropolis of Rhodes as the deacon to the Metropolitan and after one year received the Offikion of Archdeacon.
In October of 1995, Father Apostolos passed the General Panellenian exams and was accepted at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the area of study of Pastoral and Social Theology. During his theological education, Father Apostolos was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on July 28, 1996 and received the Offikion of Archimandrite by Metropolitan Apostolos of Rhodes. In March of 2000, having broadened his theological education, Father Apostolos graduated with the degree of Master of Divinity from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
On October 11, 2001 Archimandrite Apostolos traveled to the United States of America in an effort to further enhance and expand his knowledge of theology. The following year, Archimandrite Apostolos was accepted to Boston University School of Theology in the Master of Sacred Theology program, with a major in Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics. The degree of Master of Sacred Theology was conferred upon him in May of 2004.
During his graduate studies in Boston, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston assigned Archimandrite Apostolos as the visiting priest at the Annunciation Church in Brockton, Massachusetts. After offering his service to the parish of the Annunciation, Metropolitan Methodios appointed Father Apostolos as the Proistamenos of the historic parish of St. George in Southbridge, Massachusetts. In September of 2003, Archimandrite Apostolos was transferred and assignee as the Proistamenos of the Saints Anargyroi parish of Marlborough, Massachusetts. In February of 2004, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America appointed Archimandrite Apostolos Koufallakis as the Dean of the historic Cathedral of St. Demetrios in Astoria. In November 2004, the president and the members of the Society of Patmos granted Fr. Apostolos the title of honorary president. Four years later on March 20, 2008 at the Greek Independence Day Celebrations, Fr. Apostolos received a Citation of Honor from Mrs. Helen M. Marshall, President of the Borrow of Queens, for his “profound devotion to the Greek Orthodox Church and to the Greek American Community.” In March of 2009, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America appointed Archimandrite Apostolos Koufallakis as the director of the Archdiocesan Hellenic Cultural Center.
In October 2011 Archimandrite Apostolos was appointed as the Chancellor of the Metropolis of San Francisco by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. On November 28, 2014 the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously elected Archimandrite Apostolos to the rank of Auxiliary Bishop and was given the title Bishop of Medeia. His ordination took place on December 20, 2014 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York. On November 15, 2018 His Grace appointed Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. On January 9, 2019 His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America appointed Bishop Apostolos of Medeia to be the spiritual advisor of the National Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society.
Bishop Apostolos was tasked with the planning and organization of the Enthronement Service and celebration of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America which took place on June 22, 2019. He was also entrusted by the Archbishop as the President of the Planning Committee which organized the first Monastic Synaxis in our sacred Archdiocese which took place in Roscoe, New York from September 21-22, 2019. Additionally, Bishop Apostolos was appointed by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America as the President of the Coordinating Committee for the National Greek Education Conference held in Flushing, New York on November 9, 2019. Bishop Apostolos had the distinct privilege of organizing the virtual 45th Biennial National Clergy-Laity Congress held from September 9-10, 2020 in which more than 1,200 delegates participated, more than any other National Clergy-Laity Congress in the history of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. On February 3, 2021 His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America assigned His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia to assume the liturgical and pastoral responsibilities and needs of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey.
On July 23, 2023 His Eminence Metropolitan Apostolos upon the recommendation of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was unanimously elected by the members of the Holy and Sacred Synod as the Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey.
Βιογραφικὸ Μητροπολίτου Νέας Ἰερσέης κ. Ἀποστόλου
Ὁ Σεβ. Μητροπολίτης Νέας Ἰερσέης κ. Ἀπόστολος (κατὰ κόσμον Εὐάγγελος), ἐγεννήθη εἰς Ρόδον ἐκ τῶν Ἰωάννου καὶ Στεργίας Κουφαλάκη. Τὰς ἐγκυκλίους σπουδὰς του ἐπεράτωσε εἰς τὴν γενέτειρὰν του καὶ εἰς τὴν ΠατμιάδανἘκκλησιαστικὴν Σχολήν. Τὸ ἔτος 1993 ἐκάρη Μοναχὸς εἰς τὴν Ἱερὰν Μονὴν Παναγίας Παραμυθίας Ρόδου λαβών τὸ ὄνομα Ἀπόστολος. Τὸ ἴδιον ἔτος ἐχειροτονήθη Διάκονος ὑπὸ τοῦ μακαριστοῦ Μητροπολίτου Ρόδου κυροῦ Ἀποστόλου. Τὸ ἔτος 1996 ἐχειροτονήθη Πρεσβύτερος ὑπὸ τοῦ ἰδίου Ἀρχιερέως καὶ ἐχειροθετήθη εἰς Ἀρχιμανδρίτην. Ἐσπούδασεν τὴν ἱερὰν ἐπιστήμην εἰς τὴν Θεολογικὴν Σχολὴν τοῦ Ἀριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης ἐξ ἧς ἀπεφοίτησε τὸ ἔτος 2000. Κατόπιν ἀδείας καὶ εὐλογίας τοῦ μακαριστοῦ Μητροπολίτου Ρόδου κυροῦ Ἀποστόλου τοῦ καὶ Γέροντὸς του, τὸν Ὀκτώβριον τοῦ 2001, μετέβη εἰς ΗΠΑ διὰ περαιτέρω θεολογικάς σπουδάς. Τὸν Μάϊον τοῦ 2004 γίνεται κάτοχος τοῦ Master of Sacred Theology τῆς Θεολογικῆς Σχολῆς τοῦ Πανεπιστημίου τῆς Βοστώνης.
Κατὰ τὴν διάρκειαν τῶν μεταπτυχιακῶν σπουδῶν του εἰς τὴν Βοστώνη, ὑπηρέτησεν τὶς κοινότητες τοῦ Εὐαγγελισμοῦ τῆς Θεοτόκου Μπρόκτον, Ἁγίου Γεωργίου Σάουθμπριτζ καὶ Ἁγίων Ἀναργύρων Μάλμπορο. Τὸν Μάρτιον τοῦ 2004 διωρίσθη ὑπὸ τοῦ Σεβ. Ἀρχιεπισκόπου Γέροντος Ἀμερικῆς κ. Δημητρίου, Ἱερατικῶς Προϊστάμενος τῆς μεγαλωνύμου κοινότητος τοῦ Ἱεροῦ Καθεδρικοῦ Ναοῦ Ἁγίου Δημητρίου καὶ Ἁγίας Αἰκατερίνης Ἀστόριας, τὴν ὁποίαν διηκόνησεν ἐν ἀφοσιώσει, ἐπιτελέσας πλούσιον πνευματικὸν ἔργον. Τὸν Μάρτιον τοῦ 2009 διωρίσθη, ὑπὸ τοῦ Σεβ. Γέροντος Ἀμερικῆς κ. Δημητρίου, διευθυντὴς τοῦ Πολιτιστικοῦ Κέντρου τῆς Ἱ. Ἀρχιεπισκοπῆς εἰς Ἀστόρια. Τὸν Νοέμβριον τοῦ 2011, κατόπιν προσκλήσεως τοῦ Σεβ. Μητροπολίτου Ἁγίου Φραγκίσκου κ. Γερασίμου, ἀνέλαβε καθήκοντα Πρωτοσυγκέλλου τῆς Ἱερᾶς Μητροπόλεως Ἁγίου Φραγκίσκου.
Τὴν 28ην Νοεμβρίου 2014 ἐξελέγη, παμψηφεί, ὑπὸ τῆς Ἁγίας καὶ Ἱερᾶς Συνόδου τοῦ Οἰκουμενικοῦ Πατριαρχείου, βοηθὸς Ἐπίσκοπος παρὰ τῷ Σεβασμιωτάτῳ Ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Γέροντι Ἀμερικῆς κ. Δημητρίῳ, ὑπὸ τὸν τίτλον τῆς πάλαι ποτὲ διαλαμψάσης Ἐπισκοπῆς Μηδείας. Ἐχειροτονήθη τὴν 20ην Δεκεμβρίου 2014 εἰς τὸν Ἱερὸν Καθεδρικὸν Ναὸν Ἁγίας Τριάδος Νέας Υόρκης ὑπὸ τοῦ Σεβ. Ἀρχιεπισκόπου Γέροντος Ἀμερικῆς κ. Δημητρίου. Τὴν 1ην Ὀκτωβρίου 2018 διωρίσθη Ἀρχιγραμματεὺς τῆς Ἱερᾶς Ἐπαρχιακῆς Συνόδου τῆς Ἱερᾶς Ἀρχιεπισκοπῆς Ἀμερικῆς. Τὴν 3ην Φεβρουαρίου 2021 διωρίσθη ὑπὸ τοῦ Σεβ. Ἀρχιεπισκόπου Ἀμερικῆς κ. Ἐλπιδοφόρου ὑπεύθυνος διά τίς λειτουργικές καὶ ποιμαντικές ἀνάγκες τῆς Ἱερᾶς Μητροπόλεως Νέας Ἰερσέης. Τὴν 24ην Ἰουλίου 2023 εὐμενεῖ προτάσει καὶ εἰσηγήσει τῆς Α.Θ.Π. τοῦ Οἰκουμενικοῦ Πατριάρχου κ. κ Βαρθολομαίου ἐξελέγη, παμψηφεί, ὑπὸ τῆς Ἁγίας καὶ Ἱερᾶς Συνόδου τοῦ Οἰκουμενικοῦ Πατριαρχείου Μητροπολίτης Νέας Ἰερσέης .