Parish Clergy

Rev. Father Thomas Bartz, Proistamenos (Presiding Priest)

Phone: (361) 883-9843



Fr. Thomas Bartz grew up in Streamwood, Illinois. He was baptized in the Catholic Church as an infant but raised in the Lutheran Church. He and his wife Karen met at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. They desired to pursue Bible Translation work. Fr. Thomas received his B.A. in 2008 double majoring in Biblical Greek and Hebrew. Karen received her B.A in Linguistics in 2010. They were married in 2008 and began further studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010. However, as a result of studying Church History and early Christianity, Fr. Thomas and Karen became Orthodox at Holy Trinity, Dallas in 2012. He began working at UPS as he attempted to better discern his calling. He went to Holy Cross Seminary in 2015 and received his M.Div. in 2019. He was ordained to the diaconate in January 2019 and to the Priesthood in July 2019. He was the assistant priest at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, in Greenwood Village, CO for 3 years before being assigned to St. Nicholas in August of 2022. In his free time, Fr. Thomas loves reading Church Fathers, and Church History, but most importantly he has been enjoying walking the beautiful beaches in Corpus Christi with his lovely wife Karen. 


Previous clergy

Priests that have been assigned to St. Nicholas from the time of its beginning to the present time are as follows:

1950        Reverend Emmanuel  Panos
1966        Reverend Constantine Rogakos        
1967        Very Reverend Ambrose G. Giannoukos
1981        Reverend Kostas Poulakidas
1983        Reverend Nicholas Pathenos
1987        Reverend Leonidas Soukis and Reverend George Thanos **    
1988        Reverend Constantine Dimas 
1990        Reverend Christos P. Matos    
1999        Reverend David E. Pratt (Navy Chaplain and visiting priest)
2000        Reverend Stelios N. Sitaras 

2012        Reverend John Hayden Haby 

2022     Reverend Thomas C. Bartz (August 1, 2022 - Present)

**  For eighteen months, following the departure of the Reverend Nicholas Pathenos, our parish was without an assigned priest.  The Reverend Leonidas Soukis and the Reverend George Thanos of the Annunciation Cathedral in Houston, Texas, served our parish on a temporary basis.