Humans of Ancient Faith: Jerry Minetos

Humans of Ancient Faith is a series of mini-interviews designed to introduce you to the many wonderful human beings who make this ministry possible. We asked the same 5 questions in each interview, and let the interviewee choose a sixth question. Today’s guest is our director of development, Jerry Minetos.


Jerry MinetosIf you were named for your defining characteristic, what word or phrase would be your name?


What is your earliest specifically Orthodox memory?

Hearing stories from my mother about my patron Saint, Saint Gerasimos (the new) of Cephalonia, about how he interceded in many instances for villagers of Cephalonia, some of which were my direct relatives.

What’s your favorite story about your patron saint?

Saint Gerasimos interceded for me answering the prayers of my mother when I was born. I was born prematurely (at 6 months, under 3 pounds), and my mother had also lost previous premature pregnancies. He also answered her cry of his name to intercede when she witnessed that I was about to suffer severe car injuries from an oncoming car when I was a bit older.

What’s the title of a conference Ancient Faith has not yet hosted that you would absolutely attend?

Teachings of the Holy Fathers – Travel Back through Time with Our Ancient Faith

What’s a book or movie that you’d highly recommend? What did you like about it?

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – a movie about Italian and German Occupation during WWII that included scenes of villagers celebrating St. Gerasimos’ feast day along with proceeding with and venerating his relics.

The Soul After Death – a book by Fr. Seraphim Rose that was given to me as a gift after having lost a loved one; a book that I found to be powerful and detailed.

Has Ancient Faith offered anything specifically that has assisted your spiritual life?

Many many things, but most especially the English Music Channel! 🙂

About Jerry Minetos
Jerry Minetos joined Ancient Faith in 2018 as director of development, having twenty-plus years of experience in the development field within the Orthodox Faith environment. Jerry is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois, and he is fully certified in philanthropy, nonprofit management, fund-raising and institutional advancement from the Fund Raising School at Indiana University. Jerry and his wife Margaret have three children and attend St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, Illinois.

About Melinda Johnson

Melinda Johnson is an Orthodox Christian, wife, mama, writer, and the author of Letters to Saint Lydia (AFP 2010) and the Sam and Saucer books (AFP), among others. Melinda has a Master’s in English Literature because she loved taking literature classes so much she couldn’t stop doing it. When she is not seeing “heaven in a wildflower,” Melinda enjoys writing for children, walking and talking, and baking bread.

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