About Us

Our Warrior Saints leadership team teaches you the Crucifixional Life through the Power of E3.
V. Rev. Fr. Dr. Christopher Salamy, Pastor

Fr. Chris Salamy

Fr. Christopher Salamy was born in Whitesville, WV.  He was baptized and raised in the Holy Orthodox Church in Charleston, WV until 1985 when his family relocated to Los Angeles, CA. His passion is the study of Holy Scripture and foreign language. Fr. Chris and his bride Allyson have two daughters, Sophia and Amelia. He served as Youth Director of St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City, OK in October of 1998 and was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in February 1999 and to the Holy Priesthood in March 1999.  Fr. Chris holds a BA in Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University, an MDiv from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and a Doctorate  from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Fr. Salamy was assigned to St. George in December 1999 and remains pastor to this day.

Contact Fr. Chris ~ Schedule an appointment with Fr. Chris (if there are no times available, please email office@stgeorgeaz.org or call the Church Office at (602) 953-1921)

Greg Abdalah, Pastoral Assistant

Greg Abdalah

Greg Abdalah, a native of the Pittsburgh area, earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Duquesne University in 2004. During that time, Greg worked in various positions at the Antiochian Village, and began serving as the Deanery Coordinator for the Western Pennsylvania Deanery following graduation. He earned his MDiv from St. Vladimir’s Seminary in 2008 with a thesis focused on youth music ministry. He served as the Pastoral Assistant and Youth Director at St. George Cathedral in Worcester, MA from 2008-2014, and currently serves as the Pastoral Assistant at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, AZ.  In 2018 he earned his Doctor of Ministry, focused on teaching the Divine Liturgy to our Youth, also from SVS and is regularly invited to speak to parishes and various youth gatherings around the US and Canada. Greg was married to his beautiful bride Diana in April of 2018 and they are the proud parents of Eleanor and Jonathan.

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Eli Mallouhi, Youth Pastor

Eli Mallouhi

Eli Mallouhi was born and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from New York University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Chemistry minor with medical school dreams in hopes of becoming a pediatrician. After realizing medical school wasn’t the correct path, Eli enrolled at Rutgers University and obtained his Masters in Social Work. Upon graduation in May 2020, Eli became a Licensed Social Worker. He spent the last year working as an Intensive In-Community Clinician providing in-home therapy services to children ages 9-19. Eli has always had a passion for working with youth, particularly within the Orthodox Church, which was manifested through his many summers of service at the Antiochian Village Orthodox Summer Camp in recent years. He has been serving the St. George family as the Youth Pastor since August 2021.

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Valerie Haddad, Director of Ministry, Growth and Development

Valerie Haddad

Valerie Haddad was born and raised in Glendale, California. Upon graduating high school, Valerie pursued and obtained her professional pilot’s licenses and certifications and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003. Valerie joined Vanguard as a Client Services Representative in 2004. While at Vanguard, Valerie held several leadership positions where she had the opportunity to lead large operations departments through strategic projects and business planning cycles. In 2013, Valerie obtained her MBA from the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Valerie is passionate about building strong Christian leaders so that they are well equipped to do God’s work. Valerie is married to Dn. Michael and they have two children, Georgina and Gabriel.

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Tisha Rose, Ministry Coordinator

Tisha Rose

Tisha Lynton Rose is an author and entrepreneur. She was born on the beautiful island of St. Thomas, USVI. Tisha attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management as well as a Masters of Business Administration. Upon graduation, Tisha worked at her Alma Mater in Business & Auxiliary Services. While residing in Maryland, Tisha was active in several ministries at Huber Memorial Church and became employed as its first Church Administrator.

She relocated to California to work at the College Bowl Company as Program Manager for Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), an educational program for America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) after having volunteered for 12 years. After leaving the College Bowl Company, Tisha worked in the church office at Living Praise Christian Church in Chatsworth, CA where she had been serving in ministry until relocating to Surprise, Arizona.

Tisha is Founder & CEO of TRose Productions LLC providing event planning, wellness coaching and general notary services. Tisha and her loving & supportive husband Robert have 2 daughters.

Tisha enjoys serving leadership and members in ministry as well as making dreams come through as an event coordinator and planner. Tisha enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of those she encounter.

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Jane Romley, Parish Administrator

Jane Romley

Jane Romley, who has been a St. George parish member for years, now serves on the Pastoral Team as Parish Administrator. She loves working in the office and has been a great asset to the everyday life of such an active parish. Her previous work experience and love for her church shows in the excellence she provides.

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Kenisha Kinnie, Executive Assistant to the Pastor

Kenisha Kinnie

Kenisha Kinnie, a proud Phoenix native and recent MBA graduate from Thunderbird School of Global Management, holds dual degrees in Global Management and Global Business. Her academic journey also led her to a Bachelor’s degree from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, majoring in Business Administration with minors in Business Communication and Chinese Language. Embodying a personal mission to connect people, places, and resources, Kenisha assumes the role of Executive Assistant. Outside the professional realm, she finds joy in outdoor activities, staying active, and spending time with her corgi.

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Gianna Bellefeuille, Executive Assistant to the Pastor

Executive Assistant

Gianna Bellefeuille had always felt destined for business and business management. Her journey began as a receptionist for a real estate company in 1995, quickly ascending the ranks to manage several real estate offices. Witnessing the bustling real estate market of the early 2000s, she obtained her real estate salesperson license, achieving a remarkable $4 million in sales during her first year. However, when the recession struck, she recognized the plight of homeowners struggling to sell their properties. In response, she made a professional pivot, founding a property management company to prevent foreclosures. Sensing an unmet need, she expanded her services to include commercial property management and a maintenance company to better serve her clientele.

After a decade of pursuing her entrepreneurial goals, Gianna felt the pull for change. Selling her companies, she relocated to Arizona, returning to her passion for business management. There, she was fortunate to connect with Father Chris and the esteemed team at St. George. Thrilled by the opportunity to contribute to such an exceptional church, she eagerly embraced the chance to support Father Chris and his dedicated team. She looks forward to forging a lasting and successful partnership with them.

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Matthew Peters, Ministry Lead

Ministry Lead

Matthew Peters has spent a majority of his life in the southwest. He graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Anthropology. He attended Wheaton College in Chicago, and received a MA in Archaeology. He has spent considerable time living, traveling, studying, working, eating, and sweating in the Middle East. Matthew enjoys working on and riding motorcycles, building furniture, completing art projects, and harvesting figs and limes to share with the St. George Community. Matthew and his bride Laura have two great kids, Isaac and Helena.

Matthew serves as the Ministry Lead at St. George. He provides strategic direction in ministry outreach at St. George, by working alongside our clergy and project coordinators. He helps lead to the spiritual transformation of volunteers and betterment of those being served, accomplished through Christ and by his love.

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