"The Holy and Inspired Scriptures are sufficient of themselves for the preaching of the Truth." St. Athanasius of Alexandria

ADMINISTRATION

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Metropolitan JOSEPH

Hierarchical Overseer

Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America

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Scott Speier, M.D.

Chairman

Dr. Speier attends St. Athanasius Church in Santa Barbara, CA.

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Dn. Tom Braun

Board Member

Dn. Tom is attached to St. Barnabas Church in Costa Mesa, CA.

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V. Rev. John David Finley

Vice Chairman, Dean

Fr. John is attached to St. Athanasius Church in Santa Barbara, CA and is the Chairman of the Antiochian Dept. of Missions & Evangelism.

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V. Rev. Gregory Rogers

Board Member

Fr. Gregory is the pastor of St. Catherine Church in Aiken, SC.

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Dn. Adam Roberts

Board Member, 

Assistant Dean

Dn. Adam is attached to St. Ignatius Church in Franklin, TN and is the Content Creator of the Antiochian Dept. of Missions & Evangelism.

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V. Rev. Jon Braun

Board Member

Fr. Jon is attached to St. Athanasius Church in Santa Barbara, CA.

 

FACULTY
in alphabetical order

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Sueanna Keim Alter

Sueanna Alter holds a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a Masters in Children’s Literature from the University of Roehampton. She lives in central North Carolina, where she is an active member of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church. Since 2017, Sueanna has been working at a private classical elementary school. She started working for St. Athanasius Academy teaching high school literature in 2020. She has a passion for classical education and the great books of the western canon. When she’s not teaching or reading she works as the Assistant Director for Camp St. Thekla, an Orthodox summer camp.

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Fr. Demetrios Andrews

Fr. Demetrios was ordained at St. Columba in January 2019.  He is the executive director of the SICA Foundation.  He is in the Navy Reserve and completing a PhD in theology at the University of Denver.

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Brian Ashland

Brian is a member of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Madison, WI where he likes to help out with church school and drink coffee. He also went on a OCMC mission trip to Alaska in summer 2015 in a group led by Fr. John Chagnon. At St. Athanasius, Brian teaches Attic and Koine Greek and has degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Gordon-Conwell Theology Seminary.

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Kh. Kelleylynn Barberg, Administrator

With a "degree of experience '' of 20 plus years (and counting) in homeschooling our crew and 26 years of marriage to Fr Raphael Barberg, Kh. Kelleylynn is ready to give back  to the Orthodox-community!

Kh. Kelleylynn holds an Associates degree in Business Administration and has managed large corporations to small businesses; currently her personal business as a photographer.  You will also find her behind the scenes as the Public Relations Officer with the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America as well as the Administrator with St Athanasius Academy. 

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Fr. Raphael Barberg

Fr. Raphael completed his Bachelors in Cultural Studies from the State University of New York Empire State College in 2006. Two years later, after 20 years of devoted service in the Buffalo, NY police department, he decided to retire his gold lieutenant’s badge, and with a blessing from his Bishop, he moved his family to pursue an intensive three years of devoted study at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2011.  In 2010, Fr. Raphael was elevated to the holy priesthood at his hometown parish at St. George, Niagara Falls, NY.  With a warm and expectant welcome, in June 2018, Fr. Raphael returned to serve as pastor at Saint George. 

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Adrienne Bowling

My name is Adrienne Bowling and I live in Alabama with my wonderful husband and six beautiful children. I have a Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Christian Counseling. I have been homeschooling for over 10 years and have been an Online ESL teacher for 3.5 years. Our family became Orthodox in 2016 and are attending St. Symeon’s Orthodox Parish in Birmingham, Alabama. We were blessed to be able to travel to Russia and Serbia to experience Orthodox life there. I look forward to seeing my students in class this year. May the Lord Bless you! 

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Emily Davis

Emily Davis earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from Old Dominion University. She has worked on research projects involving GPS tracking of seabirds and fisheries management issues. She works as a fisheries biology lab technician for the state of Virginia, and consults on marine mammal issues in the context of offshore wind energy. She was homeschooled from K-12, she has been a church choral singer for 14 years, and she lives with her husband and her cat Nonna

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Fr. Paul Girgis

Fr. Paul is the pastor of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Naples, FL. Born in Lebanon, he immigrated to the United States at a young age. Having been raised in the Pacific North West, where the Orthodox Christian faith continues to be embraced and grow with great zeal, an increasing realization that life without The Church would simply be dull and gray was cultivated.

God led Fr. Paul and his family to Yonkers, NY where he earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div) at St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary.

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Christa Haddad

Christa holds a BA in History, English, and Education from York University, Canada. She lives just outside of Toronto with her husband and two children and attends St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Richmond Hill. As an extremely versatile educator for over 17 years she has taught in the public school system before going on to serve her church and homeschooling community for the last 13 years. On a sunny day she can be found hiking with her two children while listening to a podcast featuring either Dr. Jordan Peterson or the indefatigable Candace Owens. She loves all warm beverages and can easily be bribed with a steaming cup of Earl Grey.

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Andrew Hamblin

Andrew Hamblin is a full-time software engineer with 8 years of experience. He attends Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Lynchburg, PA. In his spare time he plays Minecraft with his wife Gabi, paints toy soldiers, and tinkers with electronics.

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Gabi Hamblin

Gabi Hamblin attends Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Lynchburg, VA. She has been teaching math and science since 2016. In her spare time, she likes to crochet, garden, bicycle, and play Minecraft with her husband Andrew.

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Kh. Carrie Heningham

Kh. Carrie Heningham has a B.S in Business Administration and M.S in Industrial Management, and holds a Massachusetts math teaching certification. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and homeschooled daughter, and works in the accounting and IT fields. She also serves as the organist of St. Stephen Orthodox Church, their home parish. Her passions include life-long education, music, and enjoying the wonders of God’s creation while hiking and studying the geology of the region.

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Fr Michael Heningham

Fr Michael currently lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, Khouria Miriam (Carrie), and is the father of five children, plus a French Bulldog named Brigid.  He serves the Antiochian Orthodox Church as the pastor of St Stephen Orthodox Church, Ludlow, MA, and also a Pastoral Counselor providing services to the community at large.  He is a graduate of Richard Stockton University earning a B.A. in Medieval History under the tutelage of Fr. Demetrios Constantelos, of blessed memory.  He completed his Master's program at Liberty Theological Seminary including a dual major in both Divinity and Pastoral Counseling.  A graduate from the St Stephen's Program of the Antiochian House of Studies, also earning a Master's Degree in Applied Orthodox Theology from Balamond University authoring a thesis featuring the Eastern Orthodox influences on monasticism and Church identity in the West.  Most recently attended St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, focusing on the study of Liturgical Theology with a concentration on the Orthodox Western Rite.  Classroom experiences include teaching in Massachusetts at the Jr. High and High School levels, the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and an upcoming third-year at St Athanasius Orthodox Academy teaching Theology and American History.  

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Dn. Vasily Hinkle

Dn. Basil served 10 years in the Washington House of Representatives 6 years of which as the Minority Whip, resigning at the end of 2012. Before entering the House he served as a County Commissioner for 6 years. He currently is an administrative appeals judge for the Growth Management Hearings Board in Washington State. 

Deacon Basil serves at Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg, WA and  has a Masters in Applied Theology.

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Fr. Joseph Huneycutt

Fr. Joseph is the Vice-Chairman of the Antiochian Department of Missions and Evangelism, serves as Dean of the East Texas Deanery in the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, and is the Pastor of St. Joseph Orthodox Church/Houston, Texas. He is the host of the Orthodixie podcast and co-hosts The 153 podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.BS in Communication Arts from Appalachian State University (1982), a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary in Wisconsin (1992), and a Doctor of Ministry in the Eastern Christian Context from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in conjunction with the Antiochian House of Studies in 1999.

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Isabella Lash

Isabella’s love for performing first began after stepping onstage at the age of 8 and she is passionate about creating the same opportunity for students of all ages. She is a graduate of The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and is a DC-based actress. A trained soprano, she has played roles in over 40 productions in Virginia, DC, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New York City. Isabella has worked as an instructor with Drama Kids International and Middleburg Academy, and directs summer theater camps for teens. Isabella is regularly involved with community theaters in the NOVA area as a director and acting coach, and maintains her own private acting studio, teaching in-person and online

Madona Lawindy

Madona holds a Master's of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education and has experience in both Christian and public school settings.  She became a stay-at-home mom with the arrival of her two children, and is married to Daniel who is an active duty Officer in the United States Army.  She is also beginning formal homeschooling of her oldest daughter and soon to add her young son.  She currently attends St. Timothy and St. Athanasius church in Arlington, VA until the Lord moves them elsewhere!  She is excited to start back in her heart's first vocational passion of teaching.

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Presba. Suzanne Lichtenstein

Presbytera Suzanne  holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, where she studied Music and Foreign Affairs. Post-college, she spent eleven years in the Suzuki Piano Basics training program for North American teachers, under the tutelage of master teachers from Dr. Suzuki’s Talent Education Institute of Matsumoto, Japan. She has studied performance technique and interpretation, and voice technique and pedagogy. Additionally, she studied Byzantine Chant under Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis and Gabriel Cremeens, and spent many years singing Russian Orthodox and Antiochian Orthodox church music in choirs in those jurisdictions. In addition to teaching for SAAOT, Presba. Suzanne teaches private students in piano, singing, and songwriting in the Suzanne Lichtenstein Music School, which operates both in-person and online. Presba. Suzanne and her husband, Fr. Mark Lichtenstein, homeschooled their four children for twenty-five years. They live in central Texas, where they serve at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Presba. Suzanne is experienced in online teaching, and focuses on group engagement and hands-on activities in her classes.

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Fr. Alex Mackoul

Fr Alex Mackoul lives in Myrtle Beach, SC and serves at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church. He has spent many summers on staff at the Antiochian Village and now serves as the Camp Director of Camp St Thekla in Cleveland, Sc.

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Pauline Magnusson

Pauline Magnusson has a B.A. in Humanities/Religious Studies and a master's degree in Public Administration. Home is wherever the Air Force sends her family; these days, it’s in the beauty of Western New York, where attends St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. She is a wife and a mother of 4 who has homeschooled for 10 years, 5 of which have been shaped by the classical tradition. This summer, Pauline will begin her third and final year of the CiRCE Institute Apprenticeship classical teacher training/mentorship program. She has been a tutor, support representative, and practicum speaker in a national K-12 classical-community-based homeschool program.  As a gift of the goodness of God, she currently lives at a winery and works to order her loves well, including learning to make wine, harvest honey, and read Dante and Plato for fun.

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Rachel Miltner

Rachel Miltner has a BA in Spanish, lived in Spain for a year, and has been teaching and tutoring Spanish for many years. While learning Spanish, Rachel took classes at the Universidad de Cadiz. She is excited to teach Spanish here at SAAOT!

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Michael Kenneth Pagani, Acupuncture Physician

Michael completed his Bachelors at The Citadel in Charleston South Carolina in 1978 and his Master in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004. He has recently received his second Master in Applied Theology through the A.H.O.S. in 2020. He now lives in Birmingham Michiganwith his wife and two children. He is an active member of St. Mary’s

Basilica in Livonia MI and serves as a chanter and alter server. His passion for the healing arts and science has lead him to teach the nextgeneration about the grace of God that infuses all life.

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Fr. John Parker

Fr. John Parker is a full-time priest in the Orthodox Church in America, in his third year of pastoral service at the same parish. He graduated from St. Tikhon's Seminary in 2019, and studied English Literature and Philosophy in his undergraduate. Both during and after graduating university, Fr. John spent several years as a peer writing tutor, focusing on conversational feedback and creative writing workshops. Originally from Colorado, Fr. John enjoys hiking and the outdoors, writing poetry, reading fantasy fiction, and good food and conversation with family and friends. He is serving at a parish with the help of his lovely wife, one-year-old son, his dog Echo and his cat, Sir Purrcival.

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Dn. Adam Roberts

Dn. Adam is the Assistant Dean of St. Athanasius  Academy & College. He is also the full-time Content Creator for the Antiochian Dept. of Missions and Evangelism. In 2017, Dn. Adam graduated from the Antiochian House of Studies with the St. Stephen's Certificate. In 2020, Dn. Adam received his Masters of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Dn. Adam has also been the host of several live shows and podcasts, the author of several books, the director of several documentaries, and the founding director of Camp St. Thekla. He currently resides in middle TN with his wife and children and is attached to St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN.

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Dr. Suzie Schumaker

Hello, I’m Dr. Suzie Schumaker. I earned my PhD in curriculum and instruction in 2018 from Northcentral University. I am located in the Phoenix, Arizona area. I have 2 young daughters who are very active and we love to cook together. I will be teaching: Math 7-6, Trigonometry, Pre-Alegbra and Anatomy and Physiology.
 

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Fr. Fred Shaheen

The Very Reverend Father Fred Shaheen is the pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He teaches 11th and 12th grade English for St. Athanasius. Fr. Fred studied at the University of Toledo and graduated from St. Vladimir's Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. 

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Dallas Shipp

Dallas Shipp is a teacher of natural philosophy and history, and lives in the Deep South. He collects Penguin Classics, explores battlefields, and bakes cakes. He is an ordained reader and has two girls with five names apiece. 

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Fr Matthew Snowden, Principal 

Fr. Matthew Snowden is the Principal of St. Athanasius Academy. He has a degree in Art from Murray State University, and a Master of Divinity from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 2011, served as assistant pastor at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Wichita, KS., and has been the pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Jackson, TN., a mission parish of the AOCA, since 2015. Fr. Matthew was homeschooled from third grade through high school. He and his wife, Khouria Hannah, currently homeschool their four children, and Khouria is the Executive Director of Madison County CASA and has spent all her professional career in the non-profit world. Fr. Matthew has spent many summers as camp priest at both Camp St. Raphael and Camp St. Thekla. He was ordained to the holy deaconate during camp session at Antiochian Village. Before his conversion to the Orthodox Church, he served as youth director at a Lutheran church.

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Kh. Corey Telschow

I am an Air Force Intelligence officer (10 years) turned mom and teacher. Graduate of Texas A&M University (BA), George Washington University (MA), Leicester University (MA) and soon will graduate from the Antiochian House of Studies with MA in Applied Orthodox Theology. I am married to Fr. Mark Telschow and currently live in West Texas. I am the mother of three amazing grown-ups (all Aggies), and I am active in Civil Air Patrol and BSA. I teach FTC robotics and many other classes at Midland Classical Academy (since 2006), and I love to take student groups to Rome and Athens whenever possible. I love to read (especially Tolkien), be outdoors, build and program robots, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE SCHOOL and being a life-long learner. I cannot wait for the 21-22 school year! 

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Natalia Wooten

Natalia Wooten earned her B.A. with honors in Secondary English Education from Oral Roberts University in 2002 and married her husband, David, shortly thereafter. Upon graduation from college, she began teaching middle school in Fort Worth, Texas. She then began work on her Master’s Degree in Library Science at Texas Woman’s University, which she earned in 2007. Her husband, David, was ordained to the Orthodox priesthood in the OCA in 2012 and since that time, Natalia has found jobs teaching in the various cities where her husband has served, including at Miami Dade College, Paideia Classical Academy, and several online educational providers.  She has homeschooled their four wonderful children and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas where she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family (at least 3 seasons of the year) and eating lots of Tex-Mex food! She will be teaching middle school language arts this year.