Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church

Portland, OR

St. George Clergy Biographies

His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH

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His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He completed his basic schooling at the St. John of Damascus and al-Assiyeh schools in Damascus and then at Our Lady of Balamand Monastery in Koura, Lebanon. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Lebanese University in Beirut and then earned his Master of Theology (M.Th.) with special studies in music and languages from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Tikhon Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania in May, 2010.

With the blessing of Patriarch ELIAS IV of blessed memory, Metropolitan PANTELEIMON (Rodopoulos) ordained him to be a deacon on December 4, 1976 in Thessaloniki, Greece, and Patriarch IGNATIUS IV of blessed memory ordained him a priest on December 10, 1980 in Damascus, Syria. The priest Joseph served as dean of St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus and as overseer of Holy Cross Church and other parishes in the suburbs of Damascus. He served as superintendent of the secondary school in Damascus from 1980 until 1983. He then went abroad to pastor the Antiochian Orthodox Church in London, England, from 1983 to 1986 and the Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cyprus from 1986 until 1991,when he was elected to be a ...

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Father George Saada

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Fr. George Saada was born in an Orthodox Christian household in Syria. He was baptized at age 2. His father had a nice voice, so he always encouraged him and his siblings to chant in the choir. After high school, he went to college to study accounting and economics.

While in college, he started chanting in the choir and teaching children and teens in Sunday school. From his chanting experience, he became a choir leader. Many parishioners encouraged him to study theology, which he enthusiastically embraced.

He married Hanan Alsayfi, and they have two sons (Saba, Steven) and one daughter (Christina). He became a Deacon in March 2000 and became a priest in October 2000.

As a priest, he served with Patriarch Ignatius of thrice-blessed memory at St. Mary's Cathedral in Damascus, Syria till 2009. Then he served at St. Demetrius church in Damascus. In 2012, he moved to St. Elias church in Qatana, Syria (his home town) after the previous priest became a martyr during the conflict in his home region. In 2015, he went back to St. Mary's Cathedral to serve with Patriarch John of Syria. At the end of July 2016, he moved to Ohio and helped serve in multiple different churches, as well as in California. In 2017 Metropolitan Joseph assigned him to serve here at St. George, Portland, OR. Since his appointment, he enjoys leading the multi-cultural congregation in their spiritual daily lives.


Father Edward Hillhouse

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Fr. Edward Hillhouse was chrismated and ordained to the priesthood in 1987 in Ben Lomond, California, by Metropolitan PHILIP. He did not attend seminary but was able to experience an informal seminary training of sorts bythose around him, through books and conferences. He was raised a Southern Baptist but longed for a faith that has the depth of Orthodoxy. He met his wife Judy Chambers at California Baptist University after which he taught third grade in the public schools in Riverside, California. Desiring to find the true Church, he moved to Santa Cruz County where he owned a cleaning business before teaching in the parish school for 16 years. He has taught at Agia Sophia Academy in Beaverton, Oregon, since 2006. Fr. Ed has 3 sons, one of which is a priest in Anchorage, Alaska, who has 5 sons.


Deacon Steven Bambakidis

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Dn. Steven Bambakidis, the 2nd son of Greek Immigrants Constantine and Elli and lifelong Orthodox Christian, was born in Cleveland Ohio in 1973. After completing his primary school, he completed his Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Wright State University in 1995. He immediately began his career in the Information Technology Field, first working for a School District in Dayton Ohio, then moving to Florida to work as a Software Developer. Marrying his College Sweetheart Eugenia (Jenny) in 1997 in Clearwater, Florida, they moved together to work at an Orthodox Mission in Homer, Alaska. They lived there for 11 years and started their family there. In 2004, Deacon Steven completed his St. Stephens coursework and was Ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph (then Bishop Joseph). In 2011 he moved his family to Portland, Oregon, settling in SE Portland, and being attached to St. Georges Antiochian.


Deacon Dennis Seib

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Dn. Dionysius (Dennis) Seib and his wife Deborah were chrismated in 2001 by Bishop JOSEPH on the Feast of the Annunciation at St. James Antiochian Orthodox Church in Modesto, California. His Christian journey began as a child, leading to the study of Luther's Catechism and being confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the age of 13. As a young adult he became a member of the Protestant evangelical movement. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Practical Theology at Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon. It was his time at Multnomah that led him to question the hollowness of his faith, leading him to Orthodoxy. His time with Fr. Jack Sparks, Fr. Richard Ballew, and especially the love and patience of Fr. John Finley, confirmed his home in Orthodoxy-the True Church. In 2004 he completed the St. Stephens courses and was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in 2005 by Bishop JOSEPH. He taught Speech, Debate, World Religions and Bible-based classes, and served as a spiritual counselor to students at Modesto Christian High School prior to moving to Portland, Oregon in 2006 to serve as deacon at St. George. His passion is teaching, especially the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He and his wife have one son and three granddaughters.

Past Saint George's Priest

Listed from earliest to latest.
St. Georgians who became Priests
Father Shalhoub
Father David Buss Father Nabil Hanna
Father Elias Dacy
Father Anthony Scott
Father Alban West
Father George Habib
Father Paul Doyle Nick Fine (studying at St. Vladimir’s Seminary )
Father George Harb
Father David Anderson
Father Samuel Makad
Father Gregory Cooke
Father John Edward Birch
Father Alban West
Father Athanasios Suheil Salhany

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