Very Reverend David G. Barr was appointed pastor of St. Elias Orthodox Church in September, 2004. Father
David was formerly the pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Ben Lomond (1998-2004)
and Holy Resurrection Antiochian Orthodox Church in Tucson, Arizona (1989-1998).
A native Texan, Fr. David was born and raised in the Houston area. While attending Oral Roberts University
in Tulsa, Oklahoma (double majors in Old Testament and New Testament), Father David became more and more
frustrated with Protestant theology and practice. His studies began to point him towards Orthodox Christianity
as the authentic Christian tradition as presented by Christ to the Apostles and from them to the early
Church. He entered the Orthodox Church at St. Antony Antiochian Orthodox Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January,
1980 after a year's catechumenate.
That same year, Father David was blessed by Metropolitan PHILIP to attend St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological
Seminary in Crestwood, New York where he graduated magna cum laude in 1983.
Upon graduating from St. Vladimir's in 1983, then subdeacon David was assigned to organize what would become
St. Anthony the Great Antiochian Orthodox Church in Spring, Texas. In late summer, 1984, he was then appointed
to be the Director of the Department of Youth of the Antiochian Archdiocese, an office he held through
December, 1988. He was ordained to the Diaconate by Metropolitan PHILIP in March, 1988 and to the Priesthood
by Bishop ANTOUN, July 3, 1988.
Father David and his Khouria Luanne (Dunaway) were married in January, 1988. They have 2 children: Samuel
(b. 1989) and Christina (b. 1992) and two dogs (Lucy and Bella).
Father David serves as the Dean of the Central Texas Deanery, the President of the St. Vladimir's Seminary
Alumni Association, and the Director of the St. Romanos Chanter's Training Program. He was the primary
commentator of the Epistle to the Hebrews of the Orthodox Study Bible.
Our Assistant Pastor
Father Raphael Daly
Raphael Daly began as our assistant pastor in September, 2013. The son of Father Daniel and Elfriede
Daly, Father Raphael majored in Classics at Trinity University in San Antonio and received his Master of
Divinity at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Father is married to Khouria Zohreh
and they have two daughters Athena and Felicity.
Father Traian Buican
Traian Buican is a retired priest from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Romania. He has been assisting and
serving St. Elias for several years and we appreciate his ministry in our parish.
Father Traian and Preotessa Gina have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Archdeacon Niketas Sanders
Archdeacon Niketas Sanders was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Grace Bishop BASIL on the Feast of the
Presentation of the Lord at the Temple (February 2) in 1999 and then elevated to the dignity of
Archdeacon by His Grace Bishop BASIL in January 2015. Archdeacon Niketas is married to Shamassy Laura.
Deacon Gregory Farman
Deacon Gregory Farman was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Grace Bishop BASIL
on the Feast of Theophany, 2011. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, The University of Texas at Austin,
Stanford University, and the St. Stephen’s Program in Orthodox Theology. Now retired from a career in magazine
publishing, Deacon Gregory and Shamassy Geri live in Georgetown where they raise chickens and rocks. They
have four grown children and three grandchildren.
Deacon Elisha Long
Elisha Long was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Grace Bishop BASIL on the Sunday of the Veneration of
the Cross during Great Lent, 2016. Deacon Elisha, Shamassy Selina (Nina), and their two sons Jackson (George)
and Calum (Cosmas) live in Webberville where they raise chickens, turkeys, pigs, sheep and goats. Deacon Elisha
has worked with teens for over twenty-five years. He currently teaches middle school at a local, private school.