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V. Rev. Fr. Steven C. Salaris, M.Div., Ph.D.

I was born in Gary, Indiana in 1965. When I was four years old, my family moved to the small mountain town of Granby, Colorado where I lived until graduating from Middle Park Senior High School in 1983. I then returned to Indiana to attend DePauw University and graduated in 1987 with a B.A. in Biology. In 1991, I received a Ph.D. in mammalian physiology from the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology at Purdue University. My doctoral research project involved studying the initiators of lipid peroxidation in liver tissue due to oxidative stress during reperfusion or following trauma.

After graduate school, I moved to St. Louis, Missouri to take a position as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine. For two years, I investigated ways to attenuate ischemia/reperfusion injury in the heart via the modulation of anaerobic glycolysis. In 1993, I began teaching biology courses at various campuses in the St. Louis area. That same year, I married Sheryl at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in St. Louis, MO. In 1995, we moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I taught biology at St. Joseph’s University.

In 1997, as a result of a personal journey that began several years earlier, I began work on a Master of Divinity degree at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Christian Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY. While in seminary, I continued teaching biology part-time at local colleges. My M.Div. thesis examined the eucharistic typology of Hannah’s sacrifice in the Septuagint version of I Samuel 1:24. After graduating cum laude from seminary, I was ordained as a deacon and then, on July 9, 2000, I was ordained to the Holy Priesthood.

For the next five years, I served as the part-time pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Albany, NY while working as a visiting assistant professor of biology at the College of Mt. St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY. In 2003, I joined the faculty of Concordia College in Bronxville, NY as an assistant professor of biology where I was promoted to Associate Professor. During my years as a professor, I received awards for working with both physically challenged and minority students. In the summer of 2005, I “retired” from teaching in order to pursue full-time ministry and was assigned to be the first full-time priest of All Saints of North America Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church (a mission parish started in 2003) in St. Louis, Missouri. On June 6, 2010, I was elevated to the rank of Protopresbyter (Archpriest).

I have one daughter, three cats, and a horse (actually, it’s my wife’s and daughter’s horse). I have numerous publications in both scientific and theological journals. My hobbies include studying theology (scriptural interpretation, liturgical theology, and the early Church Fathers are my favorite topics), science fiction (Doctor Who, the original Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, etc.), music, reading, toy collecting, hiking, fossil hunting, painting, and model railroading.

Rev. Fr. Anthony Roeber, M.A. Ph.D., Attached

The Rev. Dr. Anthony Roeber attended the The Pontifical College Josephinum from 1963 to 1969 and earned his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Denver, an A.M.and Ph.D. at Brown University and an M.A. in Applied Orthodox Theology from the Balamand University, Lebanon. He taught at the University of Denver, Princeton, Lawrence University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, the Chicago-Kent Law College, and from 1996 to 2017 at Penn State University, University Park where he served as department head for ten years and is now Emeritus Professor of History and Religious Studies. He served concurrently as Co-Director, Max Kade German-American Research Institute, and co- editor of the Max Kade Book Series, PSU Press. He is currently Professor of Church History at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, New York. He is a past president of the Orthodox Theological Society in America. His most recent publications include the co-authored Changing Churches: An Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran Theological Conversation (2012); Hopes for Better Spouses: Protestant Marriage and Church Renewal in Early Modern Europe, India, and North America (2013); Mixed Marriage: An Orthodox History (2018); and the edited volume Human v. Religious Rights? German and U.S. Exchanges and their Global Implications (2020). He served on the editorial board of The Journal of Moravian History and was co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology (2016). He has just completed The Orthodox and the Rights Revolution in America ( in submission, 2020). An Orthodox priest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, he served as interim pastor of St. George Orthodox Church, Altoona, PA, was then attached to St. Mary Orthodox Church, Johnstown, PA and is now second priest at All Saints of North America parish in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Married to Patricia A. Stutzman-Roeber, M. Ed. who teaches special needs adults and children, they have three children: Maria, a Nurse Midwife who served as missionary in Tanzania and now practices in St. Louis, MO, Mother Macrina, of Holy Assumption Monastery, Calistoga, CA, and Christian, a mental health nurse and writer who lives in Pasadena, CA.