Fr. Nicholas Andrews was born in London, Ontario, Canada on April 21, 1958. He was reared in Michigan and later he relocated to Athens, Greece with his family, where he completed high school. Following graduation, he enrolled at the University of LaVerne (oversees campus) where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Education. He was granted a scholarship by the Ministry of Exterior of the Greek government to study Theology at the University of Athens. In 1978, he returned back to the United States and completed his studies at Holy Cross School of Theology, graduating in 1979 with a Masters Degree in Divinity. Upon completion of his graduate studies, he relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, in order to join his family, where his father, Fr. Apostolos, was serving as the parish priest at St. John the Baptist. While in Las Vegas, Fr. Nicholas worked as a lay assistant. He continued his education by taking graduate level courses in Psychology and Counseling, subsequently passing his State Boards and thus becoming a Licensed Substance Abuse Therapist.
In November 1993, he accepted a position in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as a substance abuse consultant at The Al-Amal hospital. Following his return to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1994, he worked at the Charter facility. In May 1998, he accepted a position as the spiritual care coordinator of Safe Harbor Hospice. On June 6th of that year, he married his longtime friend Toni Eck. On August 20, 2000, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate at St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Las Vegas by Metropolitan Anthony of blessed memory. On September 24th of that year, he was ordained to the Orthodox Holy Priesthood at the Annunciation Cathedral in Houston, Texas, by Archbishop Demetrios. On August 22, 2004, he was bestowed the ecclesiastical office of Economos by Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver. Fr. Nicholas served at the Cathedral in Houston for six years until relocating to California, serving at St. Nectarios Church in Covina from October through December of 2006. From January 2007 until his death, he lovingly served the faithful of St. John the Baptist parish in Anaheim. Fr. Nicholas was a third-generation Greek Orthodox priest. He was fluent in Greek, English, and Spanish, and had a working knowledge of Arabic. He is survived by Presvetera Toni and their two miniature schnauzers, Sunny and Shade.
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