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Born John Tsigounis in Kogarah, Sydney, in 1996, His Grace Bishop Iakovos completed his secondary studies at Model Farms High School, Baulkham Hills, in 1983. He then studied at St Andrew’s Theological College of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia between 1992-1996, before completing three years of postgraduate studies at the Sydney College of Divinity. Having been ordained Deacon by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos in 1993, he served as his Protodeacon for the following seven years, while also working as the on-campus Tutor of the Theological College until 2001. In 1999 he was ordained Presbyter by His Eminence, receiving the name Iakovos, in honour of the Dean of the Theological School of Halki and spiritual father of His Eminence, the late Metropolitan Iakovos of Ikonium. In 2000 he was bestowed the title of Archimandrite. Following his ordination to the Priesthood, he served the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, Redfern, and then the Parish-Community of the Resurrection of Christ, Kogarah. In 2002 His Eminence appointed him to the large Parish-Community of Sts Anargyri, in Oakleigh, Melbourne, as well as to the administration offices of our Archdiocese in Melbourne, with His Grace Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, where he served until his election to the Episcopate. On 11th January 2011, he was unanimously elected Bishop with the esteemed title of Militoupolis, and serves in the Second District of Melbourne.