Fr. Peter Heers Founder & Director
Fr. Peter Heers was born in Texas and grew up near San Francisco. The son of an Anglican priest, in 1992 his parents and much of his father’s parish converted to the Orthodox Church. In 1996 he came to Thessaloniki, Greece, in order to visit Mt. Athos, returning again in 1998 to begin the Theological School of the University of Thessaloniki. He has lived in Thessaloniki for the past 18 years, where he was married to a Thessaloniki native and has been blessed with 5 children.
Fr. Peter, in addition to being the founder and current head of Uncut Mountain Press, was also the founder and first editor of “Divine Ascent, A Journal of Orthodox Faith.” He is also the host of the online podcast, Postcards from Greece found at Ancient Faith Radio, and a regular speaker to parish groups in the United States and Canada.
Fr. Peter is the author of The Missionary Origins of Modern Ecumenism: Milestones Leading up to 1920, as well as the newly released title, in Greek, The Ecclesiological Renovation of the Second Vatican Council: An Orthodox Examination of Rome’s Ecumenical Theology Regarding Baptism and the Church, which is due out in English in November of 2015.
Fr. Peter is also the translator of several books, including the Life of Elder Paisios and the Epistles of Elder Paisios, The Truth of our Faith (vols 1&2) by Elder Cleopa and Apostle to Zaire: The Life of Fr. Cosmas of Grigoriou, as well as the best-selling children’s book From I-ville to You-ville.
Fr. Peter has a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Theological School of the University of Thessalonica, where he has also completed his undergraduate studies and Master’s Degree in Dogmatic Theology. He is the rector and spiritual father of the parish of the Holy Prophet Elias in Petrokerasa, a small village in the mountains outside of Thessalonica, Greece. In 2014 he was made Protopresbyteros and Spiritual Father of the Diocese of Ierissou and Agion Oros.
Learn more about Fr. Peter, his books, articles, lectures and podcasts:
Presbytera Kyriaki Heers Co-founder
Pres. Kyriaki is a native of Greece, born and raised in Thessaloniki, the city of Ss. Paul, Demetrios and Gregory Palamas. A graduate of the Law School of the University of Thessaloniki and one-time trial lawyer, Pres. Kyriaki works closely with Fr. Peter in all aspects of the Press’ work, including translation and printing. She is currently preparing a children’s life of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco for publication in Greek.
Fr. George Dokos Translator
Fr. George Dokos is the translator of the three volume series of the works of St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite published by Uncut Mountain Press in 2006-7.
Fr. George is the rector of St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis (since 2014). He is married to Presbytera Christa and they have four children. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota (1995), a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (1999) and a PhD from the University of Thessaloniki (2010). Fr. George was ordained to Holy Diaconate (12-9-2001) and Holy Priesthood (4-28-2002) by Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver. He served Holy Trinity GOC in Dallas, TX (2001-04), Transfiguration GOC in Sioux Falls, SD (2007-08), and Sts. Peter & Paul GOC in Boulder, CO (2008-14).
Visit Fr. George’s parish website: www.stmarysgoc.org
Hieromonk Alexis (Trader) of Karakallou Monastery on Mount Athos Translator
Father Alexis Karakallinos, né John F. Trader, is the translator of Patristic Theology by Fr. John Romanides, published by Uncut Mountain Press in 2007. Fr. Alexis is an Orthodox Christian priest and monk who was born in Dover, Delaware, and has lived in Greece since 1996. He is the author of Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds (Peter Lang, 2012), as well as Let us Pray to the Lord (Precious Veil, 2014).
Desiring to live the Orthodox Christian Faith as fully and radically as possible, in 1988 he entered the Monastery of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk in Eastern Pennsylvania, and he taught courses in patristics, the spiritual life, and the order of Divine Services in the Orthodox Seminary adjacent to the monastery. In 1996, he went to the Monastery of Karakallou on the Holy Mountain of Athos, located on a remote pennisula jutting into the Aegean Sea, where he worked in the kitchen and was later ordained to the diaconate, the priesthood, and eventually made a father confessor. In 2005, he became the serving priest at a dependency of Karakallou, the Monastery of Saint Demetrios, Nea Kerdyllia, Greece. It is situated high on a hilltop overlooking the Aegean towards Mt Athos, a pastoral place where shepherds can often be seen passing by with their flocks and where visitors can see the restoration of an ancient Byzantine church, where Liturgies were celebrated clandestinely during the Ottoman occupation.
He began his education studying Chemistry and religious studies at Franklin and Marshall College (BA), Divinity at the University of Chicago (MA), and Orthodox theology at Saint Tikhon’s Theological Seminary (MDiv), and he completed his studies in theology at the University of Thessaloniki (PhD). In addition to his own published works, he has also translated a number of books including: Anestis Keselopoulos’s Passions and Virtues According to Saint Gregory Palamas (2004), (2008) Dionysios Farasiotis’s The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios (2008), and Elder Isaac’s Elder Paisios of Mount Athos (co-translator, 2012). He has also written the foreword to Greece’s Dostoevsky: The Theological Vision of Alexandros Papadiamandis (August 2011).
Visit Fr. Alexy’s website: ancientchristianwisdom.com
Christopher J. Henson translator
Christopher J. Henson has studied classical languages at Kenyon College, USA, and holds an MA in theology from the Cambridge Theological Federation. Currently, he is completing his PhD in Dogmatic Theology at the Theological School of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. Christopher is presently translating Apodictic Treatises on the Procession of the Holy Spirit by St. Gregory Palamas for Uncut Mountain Press, due out in 2016.
Gregory Heers translator
Gregory was born and has grown up in and around Thessaloniki, Greece. He is an avid student of Ancient Greek, Latin and English, a beginning chanter of Roman (Byzantine) Chant and a lover of the lives and writings of God’s Holy Ones (the Saints). He is currently translating Noetic Prayer as the Basis for Mission and the Struggle Against Heresy by Archimandrite Ephraim Triandaphillopoulos for Uncut Mountain Press, due out in 2016.
Vincent DeWeese translator
Vincent was born and raised in Houston, Texas. While completing his degree in philosophy and theology at the University of St. Thomas, he decided to enter the Orthodox Church. After two years of working within the American educational system as well as a trip to Greece and Mt. Athos, he moved to Thessaloniki, Greece where he now resides. Having studied the Modern Greek language, he will be translating for Uncut Mountain Press as well as working on a master’s degree in theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.