The 4th Archon
International Conference
on Religious Freedom

Archon Gus M. Pablecas

National Secretary, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America

Gus Pablecas

Gus M. Pablecas, (baptized Kosmas), was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, attended Carl Schwartz High School, Wright Jr College and while working and attending night school graduated with honors from Lewis University with a degree in Social Justice. 

He is a Steward of St. Nectarios in Palatine, IL, the Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago and Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Scottsdale, AZ, was invested as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on Sunday, October 22, 2006, with the Offikion Ostiarios. 

On November 9, 2011, he became the recipient of the Medal of St. Paul.

As an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, he currently services as the Archon National Secretary, a member of the Archon Executive Committee, Chair of the Grant Committee, member of the Archon Selection Committee, as well as Archon Regional Commander in the Metropolis of Chicago.  

He served as the inaugural First Vice President for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Council for His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael, and has served the Mother Church in a variety of positions for 39 years, such as: Archdiocesan Council member; six terms as Parish Council President; local First Vice President; Chairman of Finance, Ways and Means, Budget, Task Force, Ad Hoc, Clergy Laity and Real Estate Committees, along with other leadership responsibilities. He served on the Planning, Acquisition and Development Committee and as an original Board Member for the St. Iakovos Retreat Center located within the Metropolis of Chicago in Kansasville, Wisconsin.  

He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation and is a member of the Hellenic Society of Constantinople.  He is a “Founder” supporter of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Foundation, co-founder of a nationwide Archon sponsored program known as the Pilgrimage of Discovery (POD) where young Orthodox adults (23-30 years old) travel to Constantinople (modern day Istanbul, Turkey Türkiye) to meet with and dialogue with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and to visit varies sacred sites in expanding the young adult’s spiritual journey of awareness. 

Gus worked closely in securing matching grants programs for the local Archons for the use in creating awareness of the religious freedom issues facing the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and is active in creating innovative programs to facilitate the Archons mission. 

In his early career, he worked for the Department of Justice in various positions and reached the rank of Special Agent for the FBI.  He is a current Director for the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. He has served as a member of the Chicago Crime Commission and is a current certified firearms instructor. 

Archon Pablecas is the President and CEO of a privately held real estate asset company.  Married to Gail for 52 years, they have been blessed with two children and eight grandchildren.

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