Rev. Dn. Orestes J. Varonis
Rev. Dn. Orestes J. Varonis

Rev. Dn. Orestes J. Varonis

Dn. Orestes was born on the Aegean island of Chios, Greece, where he was introduced to Byzantine Chanting in early childhood at the neighborhood church St. Marina. Growing up, he chanted at several of the island’s Orthodox Churches, learning from cantors schooled in the Byzantine chanting tradition of Constantinople.

Following his high school studies, he came to the U.S. to pursue a BA degree with majors in Physics and Mathematics. He then earned an MA degree in Mathematics, an MS degree in Physics, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. In 1980, Dn. Orestes married Evangeline (Litsa) Marlos in Philadelphia and together with God’s Grace they have raised two children, Yianni and Maria.

Dn. Orestes served as Cantor at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Kalamazoo MI for 4 years, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Ann Arbor MI for 10 years, and at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Massillon OH for over 27 years. After serving at St. George for three years as a sub-deacon, on January 31, 2004, with God’s Grace and the guidance of Rev. Father Constantine Shiepis, he was ordained by His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos of Ainou as a permanent Deacon and assigned to serve this parish.

In late 2013, Dn. Orestes retired from the Timken Company after working for 27 years at the Timken Technology Center in North Canton OH, most recently as Manager of the Advanced Sensors and Controls Group. Dn. Orestes scientific field of specialization resides in Applied Electromagnetics with a focus on the design, development, and implementation of electromagnetic sensors and systems for materials characterization and non-destructive evaluation. He has over 30 years of experience in sensor technologies as applied to industrial product and process development, with several sensor patents issued to his credit.