Fr Elias and Khouria Sylvia have been married for 30 years and have 10 children and three grandchildren. He holds a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) from St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He also has an M.A. in Theological Studies from Christendom College, an M.S. in Information Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.S. in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy. Prior to ordination, his professional experience encompassed coaching and leadership development across the military, federal/local government, and technology sectors. Areas of particular interest include Marriage related ministry, Sacred Scripture, and liturgical theology.