1936 The Greek Orthodox Church of the North Side
The Greek Orthodox Church of the North Side, as St. Nicholas was originally named, came into being at a meeting on March 9, 1936 at the home of Gust Petropoulos in Detroit, MI. In addition to Mr. Petropoulos, the gentlemen present included Messrs. W. Barr (Barbatiotis), E. Broussalis, G. Caralis, G. Conn (Kalopesis), G. Demetriades, J. Dritsas, S. Efthiman, K. Giannios, G. Kalyvas, N. Kyriakou, M. Mihalakis, A. Paterikes, C. Stamos, and B. Stathakis.

During a meeting held on March 29, 1936, the first official parish council was elected. The founding members were Nicholas Kyriakou (President), Christ Stamos (Vice-President), Gust Petropoulos (Treasurer), Michael Mihalakis (Secretary), Panayiotis Bakalis, George Lionakis, William Barr, Alexander Mastroyiannis, John Dritsas, Anestis Pasterikis, Spyridon Fakalos, Basil Stathakis, Kyriakos Giannios, John Vintzel, Bill Ioannou, Panayiotis Zervos.  General meetings of the parish were held at 242 Victor, Detroit, MI., while parish council meetings were held at the homes of Messrs. Nicholas Kyriakou and Christ Stamos.


1987 Troy Land Purchase
An 11 acre tract of land in Troy, located by Mary Souphis, was purchased in 1987 for approximately $210,000.  The purchase was approved by the Parish Assembly and the fundraising was spearheaded by the Dean Becharas family, which donated $250,000 to be used for the purchase and development of the land.



1937 St. Nicholas Hellenic Orthodox Church
In 1937 a building located at the corner of Tuxedo and Hamilton in Detroit was purchased for $18,000 and was named the St. Nicholas Hellenic Orthodox Church.  The growth of the parish prompted the purchase of land in 1943 in the Palmer Park area of Detroit for $25,000.  The first phase of the church construction, the building of the lower level, where church services were to be held until the church was completed in 1951, was completed at a cost of $148,000.  The architects of Phases I and II were Alexander K. Eugenides and Harold Fischer, respectively.  Parishioner Louis Christopher was the Chairman of the Building Committee and was instrumental in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of Detroit, MI becoming a reality.  The church was subsequently consecrated by the late Archbishop  Michael during a 3 day consecration celebration.


1990 Troy Ground Breaking
Constantine Pappas was chosen to be the architect by the Building Committee and was commissioned to draft the plans for Phase I.  Phase I was limited to the building of a church, chapel, administrative building and classrooms.  The cost of the chapel was prohibitively expensive and the scope of Phase I was revised to include the building of the church, administrative building and the classrooms.  A budget of $1,500,000 was established and the ground-breaking ceremonies were held in the spring of 1990.  The selling of the church in Detroit to the Mormons for $700,000 assisted with the financing of Phase I.  Since the church in Detroit had been sold, the facilities of a nearby elementary school in Troy, where church services were to be held, were rented for 6 months.


1985 A Membership Crisis
The church continued to grow, however as early as 1985 the parish council was facing some pressing problems including a decrease in membership from 800 to 350 families, primarily because of the mass exodus from Detroit and the new parishes that awaited the people in the suburbs.  Moreover, security issues became a concern, particularly at night.  Shortly thereafter, the majority of the parish council members voted in favor of relocation and a demographic study and the drafting of the master plan ensued.  Included in the plan were: a church edifice to seat a minimum of 500; a chapel for weekday services and baptisms; an administrative area; classrooms; social center; gym; and a retirement complex.  A minimum of 10 acres of land was needed.


1992 Auxiliary Facilities Host Services
In 1992, the administrative/classroom building was completed and church services were held in the south wing of the building.  The marble fixtures, including the liturgical altar, pulpit, baptismal font, and prayer stands (proskinitiria) as well as the murals and iconography from the Detroit church were transplanted into the new church.  

1994 Church Opening Door Ceremonies
Opening Door ceremonies for the church were held in 1994 with Bishop Timothy presiding.  The marble fixtures had been installed and an artist was hired to handle the touching-up and installation of the murals and iconography.  The iconostasis was subsequently installed and George Philipakis, an artist, was commissioned to paint new icons for the iconostasis.  Several months thereafter, the ground-breaking ceremonies for  Phase II, the building of the cultural center, were held.