2020 Servant Leadership Award Recipients

His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael created the Servant Leadership Awards as a way to honor lay stewards in our Metropolis who have demonstrated exceptional and innovative servant leadership, and whose service has inspired others to participate in the life of the Church. Each parish within the Metropolis was asked to select an individual from their parish to receive the Metropolis Bronze Cross in recognition of his or her outstanding servant leadership.

The Bronze Crosses were to have been bestowed on the recipients by the Metropolitan at the Servant Leadership Awards Banquet on May 1, 2020. However, COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions prevented that Banquet from being held. As a result, His Eminence decided to bring the Bronze Crosses to the recipients - either by visiting them at their homes or honoring them in their parishes.

Learn more about our 2020 Bronze Cross servant leaders in the words of their parish priests and fellow parishioners by reading their bios below.


Illinois Illinois

Indiana Indiana

Iowa Iowa

  • Alex Karras »

    December 16, 2020

    Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Sioux City, Iowa

  • Kathy Beauchamp »

    December 16, 2020

    St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Des Moines, Iowa

  • Mary Harker »

    December 16, 2020

    St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Mantea Schmid »

    December 29, 2020

    St. Elias Orthodox Church in Dubuque, Iowa

Minnesota Minnesota

Missouri Missouri

Wisconsin Wisconsin