I am a presbyter (priest) under His Grace, Bishop JOSEPH, the bishop in charge of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. This jurisdiction is an province of the Patriarchate of Antioch, one of the family of churches which make up the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I was born near and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, where I attended St Cassian School, St Peter Preparatory School, and Montclair High School. I secured my GED from the State of New Jersey. After moving to Eugene, Oregon, where I met my (first and last!) wife, I graduated cum laude with a degree in linguistics and classical languages (University of Oregon, 1980). After serving as a pastor in the Foursquare Gospel Church in Yreka, California, and Sparks, Nevada, I entered the United Methodist Church. I obtained a Masters of Divinity, magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. After serving as pastor and builder of Faith United Methodist Church in the Portland, Oregon, area, I moved to Boise, Idaho. There, all three of us, my wife, son, and I, all converted to Orthodox Christianity. I was integrally involved with founding Holy Transfiguration Antiochian Orthodox Mission, Boise, Idaho. I served another parish there, as well, being in Idaho thirteen marvelous years there, in all.
Now (since 2007) I live in southern California where I am blessed to be the pastor of a wonderful parish community, St Peter the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church, serving the region of San Dimas to Claremont, California (the northeast urban area of Los Angeles county).
My main interests are Orthodox liturgics (typikon and Orthodox chant), the Greek language of the early Roman and Christian era, spending time with my wife since 1975, Kh. Christina, serving my parish, and riding around on a little red motor-scooter!