Fr. Emmanuel was born on the island of Crete and also studied in Greece. He has studied abroad in Rome and in the United States, completing an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in Classics. He has also done additional graduate coursework in this field at the University of Chicago. Fr. Emmanuel also earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts. In 2001, Fr. Emmanuel founded Orthodox Witness, a not-for-profit group dedicated to Orthodox Christian evangelism. Fr. Emmanuel is the priest at St. Luke the Evangelist Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia, Missouri, a parish serving the multi-ethnic Orthodox Christian community of central Missouri.
He has also written several Christmas plays including: “Prophecies Announcing Christ”, “The Three Wise Men”, “Daniel and the Three Youths”, “God is with Us”, and “Christmas Eve.” Each play is highlighted with original Orthodox Christmas songs and carols written or arranged in English by Fr. Emmanuel.
In 2008, Orthodox Witness published Fr. Emmanuel's first book entitled, The Heavenly Banquet: Understanding the Divine Liturgy.
- Hatzidakis, Fr. Emmanuel. The Heavenly Banquet: Understanding the Divine Liturgy (Columbia, MO: Orthodox Witness, 2008) ISBN 978-0-9778970-1-8 The Divine Liturgy explained. 420p, hardbound.