Our Pastor, Father Justin was born in Manchester, NH and grew up in Winterport and Portland, ME. He returned to Manchester to attend St. Anselm College and began worshipping at Our Lady of the Cedars Melkite Greek-Catholic Church. Upon graduation, after a year of waiting tables in Portland, Father Justin entered St. Gregory the Theologian Melkite Seminary in Newton, MA and was ordained a priest on May 28, 1995. As a deacon, he served St. Ann Church in Danbury, CT. His first priestly assignment was in Harlem NYC serving the homeless at Emmaus House. After nearly two years, Bishop John Elya transferred Abouna Justin to Holy Cross Church in Orange County, CA. After a year as associate there, Bishop John assigned Father Justin to St. Philip the Apostle Mission in San Bernardino, CA, where he also taught at Aquinas Roman Catholic high school. 20 years later, Bishop Nicholas Samra transferred Father Justin to St. George the Great Martyr Church in Birmingham, AL. Father Justin took over as pastor on September 1, 2017, after 29 years of faithful service by Archimandrite Frank Milienewicz who continues to assist at the parish as pastor emeritus.
Father Justin is a Professor of Patristics and Pastoral Theology for the Byzantine Catholic Seminary, an instructor in the Melkite Diaconal Training Program and serves on the Seminary Board. He holds a Ph. D. from the University of California and a D. Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is one of the founding spiritual fathers for the Melkite Association of Young Adults which he served for 24 years. He co-wrote a Safe Environment program with Deacon Michael Mobley that was the standard training for protection of children in the Melkite Diocese of Newton until last year. He has recorded two albums of Melkite Music that are available for free download on www.melkite.org. He co-founded and served in the Lazaros Ministry which, for 17 years, served a weekly meal to the homeless and working poor in San Bernardino, CA.
An avid Star Trek fan, Father Justin spends his free time with Miss Lily, his dog, exploring the numerous parks and excellent restaurants and breweries in Birmingham.
Fr. Deacon Seraphim
Father Deacon Seraphim was ordained on Thomas Sunday in 1988. He has faithfully served St. George caring for the sick and preparing people for the Mysteries of Initiation and Holy Crowning.
Fr. Deacon Andrew
Father Andrew has been a member of St. George for over 35 years. He has faithfully served his parish in many capacities including parish council and food festival chair as well as a youth group advisor and religious education teacher. Father Andrew was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on February 1, 2015 and his diaconal ministry includes pastoral visitation to the sick.
Reader Joseph, a Birmingham native, has served Saint George as a tonsured Reader for 30 years.
Reader Joseph was baptized by Patriarch Maximos V in 1969. He was set aside as reader by Archbishop Joseph Tawil in April of 1988
Reader Joseph is married to his lovely wife Dana.