Bishop Savas

Rev. Bishop Savas

Address575 Scarsdale Road
Crestwood, NY 10707

Bishop of Troas, Adjunct Professor of Dogmatic Theology, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

B.A., Colby College, 1979
M.Div., Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, 1985
Ph.D., Pembroke College, Oxford University, 1994

His Grace, Bishop SAVAS (Zembillas), is a native of Gary, Indiana. A graduate of Colby College, Waterville, Maine (1979, BA in philosophy and English literature), and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (1985, MDiv, with highest honors), he pursued doctoral studies from 1987 to 1994 at Pembroke College, Oxford University, England. While at Oxford, he studied together with Peter Bouteneff (now SVS Assistant Professor in Dogmatic Theology) and Fr John Behr (now SVS Professor of Patristics) under the supervision of Bishop KALLISTOS (Ware) of Diokleia. He was ordained to the Diaconate in 1992, the Priesthood in 1995, and elevated to Archimandrite in 1996. He served as pastor of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from 1995 to 1997, and of St Demetrios Church in Merrick, Long Island, from 1997 until 2000. In December 1999, the newly-enthroned Archbishop Demetrios of America appointed him Chancellor of the Archdiocese, a position he continues to hold. On December 11, 2001, he was elected an Auxiliary Bishop by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and given the title “Bishop of Troas.” On February 2, 2002, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan, he was elevated to the Holy Episcopacy.

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