Board of Advisors

Dr. Vigen Guroian

Dr. Vigen Guroian

Dr. Vigen Guroian

Vigen Guroian resides with his wife June Vranian in Culpeper, Virginia where he mostly tends to his large perennial and vegetable gardens. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia (1970) and his Ph. D. in Theology from Drew University (1978). He is presently Professor of Religious Studies in Orthodox Christianity at the University of Virginia.

He is Senior Fellow of the Center on Law and Religion of Emory University, Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, Permanent Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in Mecosta, Michigan, and an ongoing Fellow of the Wilberforce Forum under the Prison Fellowship Ministries founded by the honorable Chuck Colson.

Dr. Guroian has published more than one hundred and fifty articles in books, journals, and encyclopedias on a range of subjects including: Orthodox theology, marriage and family, children’s literature, education, politics, ecology, genocide, liturgy, and medical ethics.

Dr. Guroian is the author of nine books in all: The Fragrance of God (Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 206); Rallying the Really Human Thing: The Moral Imagination in Politics, Literature, and Everyday Life (ISI Books, 2005); How Shall We Remember?: Reflections on the Armenian Genocide and Church Faith (Montreal : 2005); Incarnate Love: Essays in Orthodox Ethics, University of Notre Dame Press, 2nd expanded edition 2002; Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening (Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1999); Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination (Oxford University Press, 1998); Life’s Living Toward Dying: A Theological and Medical Ethical Study (Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1996); Faith, Church, Mission: Essays for Renewal in the Armenian Church (Armenian Prelacy, 1995); Ethics After Christendom: Toward an Ecclesial Christian Ethic (Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1994; Wipf & Stock Pub., 2006).

V. Rev. Thomas Hopko

V. Rev. Thomas Hopko

V. Rev. Thomas Hopko

Thomas John Hopko was born on March 28,1939 in Endicott, New York where he was educated in the public schools. He graduated from Union-Endicott High School in 1956. He was baptized and raised in St. Mary’s Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek-Catholic Church.

He holds the rank of Protopresbyter in the Orthodox Church in America and is now in his 44th year of priestly service. He served as pastor of churches in Warren, Ohio (1963-68)), Wappingers Falls, NY (1968-1978), and Jamaica Estates, NY (1978-1983). He was rector of Three Hierarchs Chapel at St. Vladimir’s Seminary from 1992 to 2002.

From 1968 to 2002 he taught courses in Dogmatic Theology, Practical Theology, Homiletics and Spirituality at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. He served as Dean of SVS from September 1992 until retiring from this office in July 2002. He was given the title of Dean Emeritus by the SVS Board of Trustees.

Married to Anne Schmemann in 1963, the Hopkos have 5 married children (a son and four daughters) and 15 grandchildren. Fr Thomas and his wife Anne now live in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.

James George Jatras Esq.

James George Jatras Esq.

James George Jatras Esq.

James George Jatras is a Principal in the Washington, DC, lobbying firm of Squire Sanders Public Advocacy, LLC (www.ssd.com/sspa). He is also Director of the American Council for Kosovo (www.savekosovo.org), an activity on behalf of the endangered Orthodox Christian people of the Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija, under the spiritual guidance of their archpastor, His Grace, Bishop ARTEMIJE of Ras and Prizren.

Prior to entering the private sector in 2002, Jim served for over 17 years as a senior policy analyst for the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate, specializing in foreign policy, Islamic terrorism, trade, immigration, and social issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and bioethics. He had previously been a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, with assignments in the Office of the Undersecretary for Political Affairs, the Office of Soviet Union Affairs, and the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico.

Jim is Counsel of Record for the brief amicus curiae of the Holy Orthodox Church to the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1988 abortion case of Webster v. Planned Parenthood. He is a frequent speaker and writer on political, social, and religious topics.

He received his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown in 1978 and his BA from Penn State in 1974.

Jim is a parishoner at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in northern Virginia. He is married and has two grown daughters.

Terry Mattingly

Terry Mattingly

Terry Mattingly

Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes this weekly column for the Scripps Howard News Service.

Mattingly’s father was a pastor and his mother is a language arts teacher. Thus, it’s no surprise that Mattingly is a journalist and teacher who focuses on religion and that he continues to study both writing and religion. He double-majored in journalism and history at Baylor University and then earned an M.A. at Baylor in Church-State Studies and an M.S. in communications at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

He has worked as a reporter and religion columnist at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and the Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte News. In 1991, Mattingly began teaching at Denver Seminary and, later, was a founding member of the Association for Communications and Theological Education.

While teaching, he has continued to write the weekly “On Religion” column for the features department of the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C., which is sent to about 350 newspapers in North America. His writing also appears in The Lookout, Beliefnet.com, Again Magazine and numerous other publications. He also leads the GetReligion.org website that critiques the mainstream media’s coverage of religion news.

V. Rev. Fr. George Morelli Ph.D.

V. Rev. Fr. George Morelli Ph.D.

V. Rev. Fr. George Morelli Ph.D.

Fr. George Morelli is a seasoned professional in the areas of Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. An active pastor and leader, he chairs the archdiocesan Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Ministry, and is also Religion Coordinator and Liaison of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine. He lives in San Diego, California, where he is Assistant Pastor at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church.

Fr. George has taught university and seminary courses in psychology and pastoral theology, and supervised doctoral clinical psychology interns. He has authored numerous articles in the field of psychology, and is also the author of Healing: Orthodox Christianity and Scientific Psychology.

He can be heard on Ancient Faith Radio through his weekly podcast Healing: Orthodox Spirituality and Psychology. His material is used in pastoral training in seminaries the world over.

Rev. Patrick Henry Reardon

Rev. Patrick Henry Reardon

V. Rev. Rev. Patrick Henry Reardon

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon is a well-loved Orthodox pastor, homilist, writer, and teacher. He is pastor of All Saints’ Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor of Touchstone Magazine. In the past forty years, Fr. Patrick has published more than 500 articles, editorials, and reviews in popular and scholarly journals, including Books and Culture, Touchstone, The Scottish Journal of Theology, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Pro Ecclesia, and St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly. As a guest lecturer, he receives invitations year-round to give retreats, homilies, lectures, and Bible studies.

Fr. Patrick is one of Conciliar Press’ most prolific authors, with four books, including the perennial bestseller Christ in the Psalms. His titles also include: Christ in His Saints, The Trial of Job, and Chronicles of History and Worship. You can purchase Fr. Patrick’s books online at Conciliar.

Fr. Patrick was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; St. Anselm’s College in Rome; The Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome; and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania.

Touchstone Magazine hosts a special blog for Fr. Patrick called Daily Reflections with Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, which serves as a companion to the St. James Devotional Guide. A complete archive of Fr. Patrick’s written Pastoral Ponderings series is available on the website of All Saints’ Church.

You can listen to Fr. Patrick teach via his weekly podcast Pastoral Ponderings at Ancient Faith Radio, where you can also hear Fr. Patrick’s weekly homilies.

V. Rev. Alexander F. C. Webster Ph.D.

V. Rev. Alexander F. C. Webster Ph.D.

V. Rev. Alexander F. C. Webster Ph.D.

The Very Rev. Fr. Alexander F. C. Webster, Ph.D., an archpriest in the Orthodox Church in America, is Chaplain (Colonel), U.S. Army Reserve, on active-duty at Joint Force Headquarters—National Capital Region, Ft. McNair, Washington DC, from which he ventures forth several times each year for a month to provide religious support to Orthodox military and civilian personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, or Qatar. His main assignment is Joint Plans & Operations Chaplain, which entails preparation for emergency interfaith religious response to any natural or terrorist disasters that may befall the nation’s capital.

Fr. Alexander continues to serve as Associate Professorial Lecturer, University Honors Program, The George Washington University, Washington DC, where he occasionally teaches freshman honors seminars on the “great books” of human civilization and upper-division honors seminars on ethical dimensions of war, peace, and the American military. He holds a B.A. degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania (1972), an M.A. in history and education from Columbia University (1975), an M.T.S. from Harvard University Divinity School (1977), a Graduate Certificate in International Security Studies from the University of Pittsburgh (1985), and a Ph.D. in religion / social ethics from the University of Pittsburgh (1988). He is also the author of hundreds of scholarly articles and op-ed essays, as well as four books on Orthodox Christian social ethics: The Virtue of War: Reclaiming the Classic Christian Traditions East and West [co-authored with Dr. Darrell Cole of Drew University] (Salisbury, MA: Regina Orthodox Press, 2004); The Pacifist Option: The Moral Argument Against War in Eastern Orthodox Theology (Lanham, MD: International Scholars Publications, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 1998); The Price of Prophecy: Orthodox Churches on Peace, Freedom, and Security (2d. rev. ed.; Grand Rapids, MI, and Washington, D.C.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company and Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1995); and The Romanian Legionary Movement: An Orthodox Christian Assessment of Anti-Semitism (Carl Beck Papers No. 502; Pittsburgh: Russian and East European Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, 1986).

From 1988 to 1993 Fr. Alexander directed the Orthodox Studies Project at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, and edited American Orthodoxy, a quarterly newsletter of Orthodox op-ed articles on contemporary social and ethical issues—a precursor to the AOI project.