Fr Andrew Kearns bio

Fr. Andrew G. C. Kearns

AKA Gregory C. Kearns LT, CHC, USN

Fr. Andrew Kearns is a native of Andover, Massachusetts. After graduating from St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH), he has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from Johns Hopkins University, completed both a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S) and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and is currently a student in the Antiochian House of Studies Master of Arts in Pastoral Care program. During his studies, Fr. Andrew has distinguished himself as an academic earning highest distinctions in all his degrees, being a member of numerous honor societies, and earning prestigious scholarships, such as Johns Hopkins University’s Hodson Trust Scholarship and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Gregory Taylor Scholarship. His studies have focused upon three main fields, Youth Ministry, Pastoral Care, and Peace Studies, which culminated in a thesis entitled “Towards a Theological Praxis of Peace-building: Finding an Orthodox Perspective on Broadening the Approach to Societal Conflict Resolution.”

Throughout 16 years of service in youth and young adult ministry, Fr. Andrew has shepherded a Family Ministry Program of 375 families, advised youth ministry programs of 200, 400, 1,000 and 1,100 families, led college ministries at 3 colleges, served for 5 years as a Church School Teacher (9-12th grade), advised over 20 retreats and 24 weeks of summer camp, been the keynote speaker at 4 youth ministry retreats, and participated in and led 7 mission teams.

Fr. Andrew is a trained Marriage Enrichment Retreat Leader (Journey to Marriage & PREP), Suicide First Aid Instructor (ASIST), Critical Incident Care Provider (IOCC Front-liners), and Chaplain.

Having been commissioned in the United States Navy in September 2010 and ordained to the priesthood in 2012, Fr. Andrew has served as a second priest at St. Catherine Church in Greenwood Village, CO, the assistant to His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, and currently serves as an Active Duty Chaplain within the United States Navy.

Father Kearns is happily married to his wife of 12 years, Brittany Anne Kearns, who has a resume as impressive as his. She holds a B.A. in Human Development from Hellenic College, of which she was the valedictorian of her class and a B.S.N from the University of Rochester. She is a Registered Nurse, working on the stroke unit of a hospital, and a certified Labor Doula, while also manage a homeschooling program, volunteer service in women’s and family ministry, and the growth of her own studies into issues of women’s spirituality, continuing her thesis work in the long-term spiritual and psychological effects of the labor experience.  

Fr. Andrew and Presvytera Brittany have four wonderful children and reside presently in the Chicago Metropolis.