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Fr. Gregory Edwards

 


 Fr. Gregory Edwards


 

Fr. Gregory Edwards, Th.D., was born in Virginia, USA, in 1978, and was raised Episcopalian (Anglican). At Brown University, under the tutelage of Prof. Susan Ashbrook Harvey, a renowned Syriac scholar and Orthodox convert, Fr. Gregory discovered Orthodoxy in 2002. After a year of catechism, he was received into the Orthodox Church. In 2006, one of the pre-eminent Orthodox New Testament scholars, Prof. Petros Vassiliadis, accepted Fr. Gregory as a doctoral candidate in the School of Theology of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In the summer of 2006, Fr. Gregory moved with his wife to Panorama, Thessaloniki and began language school at the university. After passing the university language exam in 2007, Fr. Gregory officially began his doctoral work at the School of Theology. In December 2007, Fr. Gregory was ordained a deacon and accepted into the Holy Metropolis of Dimitriados and Almyrou. While finishing his studies in Thessaloniki, Fr. Gregory collaborated with the Metropolis’ Volos Academy for Theological Studies, for which he has translated many published theological works. Independently, he also edited well-received collections of articles by Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) and Christos Yannaras. In 2009, Fr. Gregory was ordained a priest, and became the father of triplets. On June 5, 2012, Fr. Gregory successfully defended his doctoral dissertation entitled “«Η Διακονία των αγίων» (Α’ Κορ. 16,15). Διακονία και Μαρτυρία κατά τον Απ. Παύλο και η Σύγχρονη Ορθόδοξη Χριστιανική Μαρτυρία στην Βόρεια Αμερική” andwasawardedάριστα. On July 31, 2012, Fr. Gregory was appointed proistamenos of the Church of the Holy Unmercenaries, Portaria, Volos, where he now lives with his family. He continues to collaborate with the Volos Academy for Theological Studies as a translator. On June 3, 2013, Fr. Gregory and his wife welcomed a new daughter. Finally, in April 2014, he was appointed Sessional Assistant Professor of Missiology at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York.