Rev. Father John Hayden Haby, Proistamenos (Presiding Priest)
Phone: (361) 883-9843
Fr. John Hayden’s Office Hours are: Monday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fr. John (Hayden) Haby was born in Fort Davis, TX to Doris and Hayden Haby. He was active in the First Baptist Church and was baptized as a young boy. He received a BS from Texas Tech University in Electrical Engineering
His first employment was with the U. S. Navy, serving as an officer on board a nuclear submarine which primarily involved standing watches over the nuclear propulsion plant. Later he served in the Naval Reserves as an Engineering Duty Officer and retired at the rank of Captain. While home on leave from the Navy, he met Kandice Kouvelis. They were soon married in the Greek Orthodox Church. Upon leaving active duty in the U. S. Navy, he and Kandi moved to Granbury, TX to raise their two children and work as an engineer at a nuclear power plant. He remained there for twenty five years and later worked as a consultant for the nuclear power plant industry. He returned to school during this time period and received a MBA from the University of Dallas, TX.
While attending the Greek Orthodox Church with Kandi, Fr. John was called to join the Church and was Chrismated in September 1983 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Worth, TX. He was active at St. Demetrios as a steward, Sunday school teacher and parish council member. He held the offices of president and treasurer.
Fr. John and his wife Presbytera Kandice have two children. Their son, Hayden Griffin Haby III, currently lives in Texas. Their sixteen year old daughter, Venetia Ivy Haby, died in an automobile accident June 13th, 1998.
Fr. John received a Master of Theology degree in Pastoral Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and Kandi became very active in grief support, volunteering as facilitators for grieving adults and children for eight years. They were also active in Kairos Prison Ministry for eight years. Kairos Prison Ministry presents an incarnate gospel to prisoners in medium and high security prisons enabling them to minister to each other. Fr. John served as team leader for one of the three and a half day instructional weekends.
After much soul searching and prayer, he and Kandi decided to make the leap of faith by leaving his employment as a full time engineer and attending seminary. He attended Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA. He served at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Woburn, MA, Faulkner Hospital, Concord Prison and Boston College Orthodox Christian Fellowship as field assignments. He graduated in May 2011 with a Master of Divinity degree. Fr. John was ordained to the office of Diaconate on August 8, 2010 by His Eminence Isaiah of the Metropolis of Denver at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Worth, TX. He served as a deacon in the Holy Cross Chapel his final year at seminary.
Fr. John was ordained to the Office of Priesthood by His Eminence Nicholas of Detroit on August 27, 2011 at The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Springfield, OH. In January of 2014 he was reassigned to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, bringing him back to his home Lonestar state.