His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP, Archbishop of the Antiochian Archdiocese
His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Miami and the South
Rev. Fr. Stephen Mathewes, Pastor
Fr. Stephen grew up in Virginia and Maryland, the son of an Episcopalian priest. By the early 90′s his father and mother had become very dissatisfied with the direction of the Episcopal Church, and began to search for an expression of Christianity that proclaimed the Truth of the Gospel and maintained the worship of the original Church. By God’s providence, they were brought to this True Church—the Orthodox Church. In January of 1993, Fr. Stephen and his family—including his older sister and brother—were chrismated into the Orthodox Church, and quickly his father was ordained as an Orthodox priest. With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP, the family and several other “convert” families founded Holy Cross mission outside of Baltimore, MD. They celebrated their first Divine Liturgy on Valentine’s Day. An 11-year-old Stephen served as an altar boy.
Adulthood brought marriage to a beautiful, creative and loving woman named Jocelyn (herself chrismated into Orthodoxy in December 2002); a B.A. in Musicology; and two energetic children. Fr. Stephen weighed the call to ordained parish ministry that had been marinating in his mind for years, and, again with the blessing of Metropolitan PHILIP, enrolled as a seminarian at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 2009. Fr. Stephen was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Metropolitan PHILIP at the end of his first year, and to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop ANTOUN (who had ordained his father 18 years before) at the end of his second. In 2012 Fr. Stephen graduated with a Masters in Divinity, “with highest distinction”, and he and his family were assigned to the beautiful parish of Holy Resurrection in Johnson City, where he began serving in July of that year.
Fr. Stephen’s father, Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green, remains pastor of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Linthicum, MD. His mother, Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green, is a noted author and speaker on Orthodoxy, among other topics.