Fr. James T. Adams - Greek Orthodox Retired Clergy Association
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Father James was born in Oakland, California on July 3, 1930, to Anastasios (Thomas) and Penelope (Vergou) Adamis, where he finished his elementary and high school education. From 1948 to 1953 he attended the Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA. On September 6th of that year he married Evelyn Spallas and at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco, CA by His Grace Bishop Athenagoras of Elaia (Kokkinakis). They have three adult children William, Penelope and Thomas and five grandchildren Christopher, Corinna, Jesse, Raychel and James. In 1955 he completed his theological education at the Rizarion Seminary in Athens, Greece.
Father James was ordained a deacon on May 14, 1954 at the Church of Saint George (Rizarion) in Athens Greece by His Grace Bishop Dionysios of Rogon (Assistant to the Archbishop of Athens), and a priest on August 15, 1955 at the Holy Trinity Church in San Francisco, California by the late Archbishop Michael of blessed memory.
Father James has been a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for 52 years and has served the following parishes:
- Saint Alexios/Saint Barbara - Ely and McGill Nevada
- Holy Trinity Cathedral - Salt Lake City, Utah
- Transfiguration Parish - Anchorage, Alaska
- Saint John the Baptist - Las Vegas, Nevada
- Nativity of Christ - Novato, California
- Saint Sophia Cathedral - Los Angeles, California
At the Clergy-Laity Congress in 1984 Father James was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese
of San Francisco by His Grace Bishop Anthony were he served until he was assigned Dean of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles. Father James retired in 1995.
Since his retired in 1995 Father James has served as interim priest to the following parishes:
- Saint Dionysios Parish - Pittsburg, California
- Greek Orthodox Mission - Maui, Hawaii
- Saint Barbara Parish - Santa Barbara, California
- Assumption Parish - Long Beach, California
In December 2006, Father James was appointed assistant to the Chancellor of the Metropolis of San Francisco and serves there 3 day each week. On August 23, 2007 with his duties at the Metropolis, Father James was appointed interim pastor of the Holy Trinity parish in San Francisco were he is currently serving until a new priest is assigned.