Father John Behr serves as an adjunct faculty member. He is also the Dean of St Vladimir’s Seminary and Professor of Patristics, teaching courses in patristics, dogmatics and scriptural exegesis at the seminary, and also at Fordham University, where he is the Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics. Father John hails from England, while his family background is Russian and German – and clerical on both sides. From the Russian side, Fr John’s great-grandfather was sent to London to serve as a priest in 1926; his father was also a priest, ordained by Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom), as are his brother (at St Paul’s Monastery on Mt Athos) and his brother-in-law (St Cyril and St Methodius, Terryville). Fr John’s maternal grandparents met at Karl Barth’s graduate seminar in Basel, and served in the Lutheran Church in Germany, where his grandfather was a Lutheran pastor. After completing an initial degree in Philosophy in London in 1987, Fr John spent a year studying in Greece. The academic finished a M.Phil. in Eastern Christian Studies at Oxford University, under Bishop Kallistos (Ware), who subsequently supervised his doctoral work, which was examined by Fr Andrew Louth and Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. While working on a doctorate in 1993, Fr John was invited to be a Visiting Lecturer at St Vladimir’s Seminary in 1993, where he has been a permanent faculty member since 1995, tenured in 2000, and ordained in 2001. Before becoming Dean in 2007, Fr John served as the editor of St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, and he still edits the Popular Patristics Series for SVS Press.
Patristics, Theology; Scripture and Spirituality