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Metropolitan NIKITAS Leads Convention Guest Speakers

Metropolitan NIKITASMetropolitan NIKITASLearn more about the guest speakers attending the 2009 Convention:

Metropolitan NIKITAS, Convention Guest Speaker

The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch is pleased to be sponsoring the Convention Guest Speaker, His Eminence, Metropolitan NIKITAS, Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Institute in Berkeley, California. The Patriarch Athenagoras Institute is affiliated with the University of California at Berkeley, and offers a Master of Arts in Orthodox Christian studies. It also sponsors the local OCF, one of the most active college fellowships on the west coast, houses a Rare Book Room and museum, and hosts educational programs and lectures. Metropolitan NIKITAS, who was born in the United States, served as the first Metropolitan of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia (1996-2006) and worked closely with IOCC to provide relief to the victims of the tsunami within his archdiocese in 2004. While possessing sterling academic and ministerial credentials from his years of study and service, the Metropolitan is most well known as a refreshingly candid, engaging speaker. His Eminence Nikitas will address Convention guests on Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Convention Chapel.

Alex Younes, Youth Speaker

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Alex Younes is one of six children, and the brother of the Very Reverend Iskander Younes, Pastor of St. George Church in Richmond Hill, Toronto.  In 1968 Alex moved with his family from Cairo to Toronto. In 1988 he married his wife Diane, and they currently live in Richmond Hill with their 4 children. Alex not only received two bachelor degrees, he also earned a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, MA, and has done post-graduate work at St. Vladimir Seminary in Crestwood, New York.  He is fluent in several languages including French, Arabic and English. As a counselor at the Antiochian Village, a retreat leader, and an energetic and dynamic speaker amongst the youth of both the Antiochian and Greek Archdiocese, Alex’s ministry has blessed many.  Recently, he was named the Director of Camp Transfiguration in the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New York and is also currently a Professor of Church History at the Greek Metropolis Seminary in Toronto, Canada. Alex will speak to our youth several times beginning on Thursday, July 23rd, emphasizing the theme of outreach.

Father Josiah Trenham, Youth Speaker

The Very Rev. Josiah Trenham has been the pastor of St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church in Riverside, California since 1998. He and his wife Catherine have been married for 21 years and have nine children.  Fr. Josiah is a convert to Orthodoxy and a native Californian who was confirmed into the Orthodox Church in 1993, after earning his Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and History in 1989 from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and a Master of Divinity in 1992 from Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido. Later he returned to school to gain a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Durham, England in 2004, where he wrote his dissertation, “Marriage and Virginity According to St. John Chrysostom.”  Father Josiah has served as Adjunct Professor of History at California Baptist University in Riverside, California, where he teaches several courses each year. He also speaks in academic forums and symposia, and to parish retreats in the U.S. and Canada. To the Antiochian youth, Fr. Josiah will address the subjects of dating and marriage from an Orthodox perspective.