Rev. Fr. John Mefrige MDiv MS MFT - Senior Pastor/Proestamenos
Rev. Fr. John Mefrige is a Canadian of Lebanese and Syrian descent and a permanent resident of San Antonio, Texas. Originally from Montreal, Québec, Fr. John's family was raised in the Orthodox Church and he continues to serve as an active Priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
Fr. John has both theological and psychological training, holding both a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div) from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA and a Master of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy (MS MFT) from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Presently he is also pursuing his doctorate. Fr. John has served a number of parishes in the Orthodox Church and also has practiced as a professional Marriage and Family Therapist. He has spent a number of years working with the youth camping program at the Antiochian Village in both counseling and administrative capacities. Fr. John has extensive intercultural experience having worked in a number of Latin American countries in both the development and educational fields.
Presently, he is the founding priest and Senior Pastor (Proestamenos), at St. Ephraim the Syrian Antiochian Orthodox Church in San Antonio, TX and he also serves as police chaplain to the San Antonio Police department. Available for workshops and retreats, private pastoral counseling and civil mediation, Fr. John is endeavoring to establish a uniquely Orthodox expression of the psychological sciences and is particularly committed to teaching healthy conflict resolution skills to both parishes and families and is the founder of The Coalition of Orthodox Peacemakers. Fr. John is happily married to his lovely wife Janet and they have three beautiful daughters; Cassiana (6), Emmanuelle (4) Marina (1) and one son, Andrew.