The mission and goal of GOYA Ministry is to lead our young people into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. By developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and becoming active sacramental members of the living Church, our young people will be equipped with tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation. The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, is the ministry to teenagers. Since GOYA is a ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program must reflect the Orthodox Faith, tradition and Life.

Our GOYA ministry is based on the following four characteristics: WORSHIP (Liturgia), FELLOWSHIP (Koinonia), SERVICE (DIAKONIA), and WITNESS (Martyria).

Activities of the GOYA Ministry:

  • Camp Good Shepherd  
  • Vacation Church Camp  
  • Holy Friday Retreat  
  • Asbury Park Diving for the Cross  
  • WAVE Camp Counselors for disabled children  
  • Regional GOYA dances  
  • Butterhofs Hayride & Campfire  
  • Christmas Caroling & Nursing Home Visitations  
  • Christmas Pageant Luncheon  
  • Christmas Party & Tree Decorating  
  • Make a Difference Nights  
  • Sights & Sounds Festival  
  • Girl & Boy Basketball teams  
  • Ski trips  
  • Lock-in Retreats  
  • Walk for Mission  
  • Oratorical Festival  
  • Youth Sunday Leadership roles  
  • Monthly meetings  
  • Monthly PB&J Nights (350 sandwiches for Sister Jean’s Kitchen)  
  • Assist at Festivals, Block Parties, Bid n Buy, & Art Auction  
  • Holy Week Readers  
  • Regional GOYA retreats
  • Greek Folk Dance Performances

GOYA Advisors

Anthony Panetta

Chris Mularz 

Mike & Katerina Christakos 


Coaches for Sights & Sounds

Tom Papademetriou
Dorrie Papademetriou


Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

7004 Ridge Ave.
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Fr. George Liacopulos:
609-653-8092 x4
609-226-0528 (mobile)

Parish Administrator:
Lisa Mitoulis
609-653-8092 x5