John G. Panagiotou was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, on December 2nd, 1967as on the only child to George and Lemonia Panagiotou. His paternal lineage is Karpenisi but his family settled in Athens in the late nineteenth century. His maternal lineage is from the island of Karpathos.
Growing up as an only child provided John with being surrounded with adults and thus he developed a deep vocabulary from a very young age while being fluent in both the Greek and English languages. He attended the Warwood Schools where he has been involved with sports such as soccer, football, and wrestling. Yet, it was a passion for books and learning which fueled his interest, especially reading about the Greek mythological epic tales.
Having grown up in the Greek Orthodox Church, an abiding faith was instilled in him from especially his mother Lemonia. The church was a definite locus and anchor in the family life. Upon his graduation from Wheeling Park High School in 1986, John was accepted into Wheeling Jesuit University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. His main interests were history, literature, religion, and philosophy. He then went on to earn a master’s degree at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary where he focused on the Patristic literature of the early Church Fathers. John would go on to later pursue doctoral studies at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is a member of three university honor societies: Alpha Sigma Nu, Phi Sigma Tau, and Alpha Chi.
Upon graduation from St. Vladimir’s, John would go on to serve nearly two decades in the Greek Orthodox Church in America in various capacities to the bishops of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh and the Metropolis of Atlanta. In 2006, he decided to leave the non-profit world and enter the business world as an investment advisor and then eventually founding and owning his own wealth management firm Zeon Financial Group which focuses on retirement solutions for individuals.
John would go on to earn a doctorate at Erskine Theological Seminary where he also holds a professorship in Early Church History and Greek New Testament. He also holds a professorship at Cummins Memorial Theological Seminary where he serves as liaison officer to the seminary president. John has had many scholarly articles published and has earlier this year in 2020 had his first book published The Path to Oikonomia with Jesus Christ as Our Lighthouse which has been met with wide acclaim in the Orthodox Christian and non-Orthodox (Roman Catholic and Protestant) literary worlds.
Dr. John G. Panagiotou is married to Correna A. (Lieding) Panagiotou. They celebrated their twenty-eighth wedding anniversary this year. Correna is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where she earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical/computer engineering. After completing her commitment as an active-duty U.S. Army officer, Correna entered the professional private sector and has worked and for the last several years has worked as a project manager for Google. John and Correna live in the Charleston, South Carolina area.