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Fr. Alexander Goussetis

Fr. Alexander is available to speak on: World Religions, Parish & Personal Praxis and Married Life, among others. Learn more »

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Fr. Alexander GoussetisFr. Alexander Goussetis has served as pastor, university professor, retreat leader, and speaker for almost twenty years. He has authored three books published and distributed by Light & Life Publishing: 

  • Renewed Day by Day – a book featuring 28 exercises for learning and developing deeper practices in Orthodox spirituality
  • Encountering World Religions: An Orthodox Christian Perspective – a book offering the basic teachings of many of the world religions with an Orthodox Christian response 
  • A Rebel’s Journey: A Novel of Doubt & Christian Transformation – a book that uses a fiction backdrop to engage young adults in searching for the ancient Christian faith 

Fr. Goussetis is a former CPA, a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and has earned a doctoral degree from Andover Newton Theological School in the field of Psychology and Pastoral Counseling. His pastoral emphasis is making the Orthodox faith relevant to people in their everyday life, and in educating our faithful in articulating the teachings of the Church to others. 

As a result of teaching World Religions at Youngstown State University, Fr. Goussetis became renewed in encouraging his flock to accept the challenges of living in a pluralistic world:

“The more we learn about Orthodoxy, the more we can share our faith with the world around us. The more we learn about other religions, the more effective we can be in dialoguing about the treasure of Orthodoxy.”

Fr. Goussetis is pastor of Annunciation Orthodox Church in Lancaster, PA. Visit his website at or listen to his podcast interviews from Come Receive the Light at

Father has just published a new book entitled “Seed for the Sower: Preaching Matters”.

“The role of preaching in the Church is not an appendix to the actual worship service itself, but an integral part of the proclamation of the faith. Orthodoxy does not relegate homiletics to second-class status, but rather views this charisma as an opportunity to connect life with faith for the believers. This fact is verified in the history of the Church. For this reason, I have chosen to divide the contents of this book into two sections. Part I offers a brief historical survey of the role of preaching in the Church. Part II presents practical examples of a contemporary homiletic style.” - From the author’s preface


  • A Study of World Religions (either as a survey of the major world religions or specific studies in Primal Religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, and Islam)
  • Developing a Rule of Prayer (with participation in various prayer exercises)
  • Communication & Expectations in Marriage
  • The Parish Bible Study
  • Ethnicity & Culture in the Orthodox Church: A Pastoral Perspective
  • The Icons of Holy Week – A Window to the Passion and Resurrection of Christ
  • The Sundays of Lent – Saints, Hymns, and Icons
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