I was born in San Francisco, California, in 1963 to Greek immigrant parents, Demetrios Jimmy and Yanna Zachariou, who were invited to the United States to pastor a Greek Assembly of God Church in Oakland, California. After entering the U.S.A. as legal immigrants, they eventually gained their U.S. citizenship in 1969 and were asked to return to the country of their birth to help with church work in Greece.
I grew up spending years in both California and Greece. In my home growing up, my parents instilled in me an attitude of appreciation and service toward God, family, friends and our fellow man. We learned to admire the blessings afforded to us every day and the opportunities that America has to offer to everyone who makes an effort not only to receive from its goodness but also to contribute to it. I am fluent in English and Greek and love both my American and Greek heritage.
In my elementary, Junior High and High School years, I attended a Greek public school in Nea Smyrni, a California public school in Rosemont, Hellenic International School and T.A.S.I.S. Hellenic in Kifissia, and Capital Christian High School in Sacramento. My college studies were conducted at Bethany University in Santa Cruz, California, from 1981 to 1985, and I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Church Leadership and a Minor in Cross Cultural Communications.
I married Jennifer, a Sacramento native, in 1990 and we have three children. Our children have been educated in public elementary schools, have been home schooled, been in a public fine arts Charter School and a private Christian High School. They are fantastic future world shapers and changers! We are very proud of them!
I am the Senior/ Lead Pastor of Davis Christian Assembly in Davis, California, beginning my service in 1991, and have also vocally lead worship teams and have played music since I was 14 years old.
I have never before run for public office. At Bethany, I was elected Student Body President my Senior year and have been elected to other denominational leadership positions by my peers. I have served as a Chairman and member on the Board of community and ministry non-profit groups in Davis and Sacramento.
For over 20 years, I have been directly responsible for running up to half-million dollar annual budgets and have sat on governing boards responsible for annual budgets running over 20 million in fixed and liquid assets. I have led service teams and conducted ministry in Spain, Portugal, France, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Romania, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Cyprus, Greece, Mexico and Brazil.