Parish History

September 1, 1973 - The Greek Orthodox Christian Community of Boulder, Colorado, first meets for monthly services at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, located near the University of Colorado campus. Fr. George Neofotistos, the Dean of the Assumption Cathedral (1964-1985) in Denver, inaugurates the Boulder mission.

May 4, 1979 - The State of Colorado grants to the Boulder Orthodox Community its Charter of Incorporation under the name “The Boulder Greek Orthodox Church.”

1980 - Bishop ANTHIMOS appoints Fr. Dimitri Callozzo to serve the Orthodox community in the Boulder area. During his ministry, Fr. Callozzo, a gifted iconographer, painted four large icons - of Christ, the Theotokos, John the Baptist and Saints Peter and Paul, which are presently in use in the iconostasion of the new church. The community votes to be under the patronage of Saints Peter and Paul, and the mission parish was recognized by the Diocese of Denver as Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church of Boulder. The newly named community then moves to the old Allen Chapel at 18th and Pearl Streets in downtown Boulder, and Fr. Callozzo installed the icons at that location.

1982 - Fr. Harry Gavalas, a retired priest attached to the Cathedral in Denver, conducts monthly worship services at the Allen Chapel.

January 1984 - The community purchases a large barn, complete with silo, on an acre of land located in north Boulder at 3101 Jay Road. Fr. Peter Harrison from Cheyenne, Wyoming, serves the community.

August, 1985 - Fr. Steve Prodromides begins serving the Boulder parish in addition to two other Orthodox communities in Craig and Grand Junction, Colorado.

September 1, 1987 - His Grace, Bishop ANTHIMOS of Denver assigns Fr. Nicholas Papedo to the parish as a full time priest. The parish community, numbering about fifty families, is no longer considered a “mission” church, and begins to participate in a full liturgical year. Saints Peter and Paul Church is recognized by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, answerable to its Diocesan Bishop and the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

1993 - A three-acre site about two miles east of the “barn” on Jay Road is located and purchased. Formerly, it had been a two-story red brick Church of Christ; it had rooms for worship, fellowship, classes and space to grow.

September 18, 1994 - After celebrating an Orthros service at the old Jay Road location, His Grace, Bishop ISAIAH of Denver celebrates the first Divine Liturgy at the new location: 5640 Jay Road.

May 1997 - On the Sunday after Holy Pascha, the General Assembly passes a threefold resolution: to build an Orthodox church, to establish a committee to enable financial contributions for the building of a church, and to hire an architect to design and implement construction on-site.

Summer of 1998 - Construction of the new building begins. As the project comes to its completion, altar, pews and iconostasion were again adapted to fit the new building.

Lazarus Saturday, April 22, 2000 - His Eminence Metropolitan ISAIAH presides at the Theranixia, or Opening of the Doors, as the Divine Liturgy is celebrated in the new temple.

July 2001 - His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America attends Sts. Peter and Paul for a service.

November of 2001 - Fr. Nick Papedo and his family are transferred to another parish. His Eminence then assigns temporary clergy to serve the parish under the guidance of Fr. Luke Uhl, Chancellor of the Diocese. Fr. Ambrose Omayas, Fr. Dean Talagan, Fr. Christodoulos Papadeas and Fr. Deacon Mark Spero join the list of dedicated clergy who tend to the spiritual needs of the parish.

October 3, 2003 - His Eminence, Metropolitan ISAIAH, appoints Fr. Nicholas Dotson as the new pastor and spiritual leader.

October 5, 2003 - Father Nicholas celebrates his first Divine Liturgy as Proistamenos of Saints Peter and Paul. He is assisted by Deacon Mark Spero over the years.

September 12, 2008 - Father Nicholas Dotson, 55, Falls Asleep in the Lord. The parish is then served by Fr. Christodoulos Papadeas and Fr. Luke Uhl on a temporary basis.

December 1, 2008 - Metropolitan ISAIAH appoints Fr. George Dokos as the new proistamenos.

October 1, 2014 - Metropolitan ISAIAH appoints Fr. Jordan Brown as the new presiding priest.