Father Paul Gassios grew up in a Greek Orthodox family. In the 1980s, he received a Master of Social Work from Wayne State University. It was also in the mid-1980s that he became a member of the Orthodox Church in America, drawn by the OCA’s vision of a local Orthodox Church in North America. A 1994 graduate of Saint Vladimir's Seminary, Father Paul served as a priest in the OCA Diocese of the Midwest for 11 years in Kokomo, IN and an additional seven months in St. Louis, MO. During this time, he developed a relationship with Saint Gregory Palamas Monastery, Perrysville, OH. In 2007, he transferred into the Bulgarian Diocese and was assigned to Saint George Cathedral, Toledo, OH, where he serves today.