Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas 2002
Masters of Divinity from Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA, 2006
Fr. Raphael was born and raised in the Orthodox Church, serving as an acolyte, attending church camp, and being involved in Teen SOYO. He was ordained to the diaconate in 2005 by Bishop Antoun and to the priesthood in 2006 by Archbishop Mark. After serving parishes in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, MI, Fr. Raphael was assigned to St. Elias in 2013 where he now serves alongside Fr. David. He also serves as the spiritual advisor of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship for the South Region. Fr. Raphael and Kh. Zohreh were married in 2005 and have three children, Athena, Felicity, and Roman.
Getting to know Father Raphael:
He and his wife met in High School and were engaged while working together at the Orthodox church camp, Antiochian Village, in Pennsylvania – the rest is history! Fr. Raphael continues his love and commitment to church camp by volunteering each year at Camp St. Raphael in Oklahoma.
A favorite reading: the epistle reading on Palm Sunday (Phillipians 4:4-9): “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.”