Johnathan Macris is president of Hellenic Ministries (formerly Hellenic Missionary Union) and the oldest child of well-known Greek evangelical missionaries, Costas and Alky Macris. Johnathan graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1985 and then returned to Greece to serve his mandatory year in the Greek Army. He and his wife, Miriam, married in 1987 and have five children: Justin, Natassa, Kyle, Karsten and Jorryn. He eventually went on to complete ministerial studies and was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in 1994 through the Wheaton Bible Church.
Since the beginning of Hellenic Ministries in 1980, Johnathan has been vitally involved in the mission’s emphasis of evangelism and church planting, discipleship and missions. In his leadership capacity, over the years, his responsibilities have included personnel manager, summer evangelistic campaign director, member of both Greek and American Boards and de facto administrator of the daily affairs of the mission. He assumed the boards designation of president in 2001.
While the burden for Evangelism and Discipleship continues to mark Hellenic Ministries’ priorities, Johnathan is emphasizing the need for the ministry to fulfill its role and call to raise up, equip and send Greek workers into the harvest field of world missions.
History of Partnership
Greece’s Spiritual Condition
The people of Greece are highly religious in nature, as 90% of the population officially belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church. Yet few Greeks attend church on a regular basis, and most are never taught what it means to have a personal relationship with God through Christ. Still, religious fervor remains high, and those who adhere to other Christian denominations are considered heretics. Though evangelicals in Greece are a small minority, numbering less than 30,000 people, many are active in evangelistic ministry and outreach efforts. Because of this, as well as the country’s economic difficulties, many Greek believers see the hand of God moving in a fresh way upon their country.
Hellenic Ministries (HM), based in Athens, Greece, is an international, nondenominational Greek mission organization, seeking to serve Christ throughout Greece, the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean by way of bold evangelism, intentional discipleship, refugee outreach and missionary training initiatives. HM’s vision is to see the nation of Greece transformed into a people who seek God’s heart and serve Him wholeheartedly.
Hellenic Ministries is involved in a variety of ministries, including church-planting initiatives, refugee care on the islands and in Athens, large-scale Bible distribution, Roma gypsy education and outreach programs, evangelistic TV programs, and much more.
Fellowship’s Involvement to Date
Over the past decade, Fellowship has sent several teams to work with Hellenic Ministries in Greece:
- 2008: Vision trip with Mission’s Pastor, Brian Petak
- 2009: Worship conference event with Fellowship worship leaders
- 2011: Worship conference #2 event with Fellowship worship leaders
- 2015: Fellowship team joined HM’s Operation Joshua for the summer Bible distribution effort
- 2017: Pastor Dan Vorm worked with refugees on the island of Lesvos, and joined Operation Joshua for Bible distribution
Each year, we work with our global partners to refine how our involvement might support their essential ministry efforts and projects, and learn about their kingdom-advancement and ministry expansion dreams—if God would provide the means to make them happen.
Last year, God provided resources for our partners' efforts with over $700,000 from our Global Christmas giving. Our plenty, providing for their needs. We encourage you to pray and ask for the Lord’s leading in how your generosity can have an impact all around the world, all to the glory of God!
Hellenic Ministries is sending teams of young people to various places throughout Greece for the purpose of creating home fellowships with interested individuals and families. These funds will be used for gas and expenses for the teams.
Scholarships for Bible School Students
These funds will support two scholarships for Bible School students interning with Hellenic Ministries in the church planting program called Acceleration.