Archbishop Elpidophoros of Americas joins Hope For Children USA's Senior Advisory Board
“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, a renowned international organization dedicated to safeguarding the rights and welfare of children, is pleased to announce the appointment of the His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of Americas to its esteemed global Senior Advisory Board based in the USA. This significant addition brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and an unwavering commitment to championing children's rights.
The Senior Advisory Board of Hope For Children is composed of esteemed business leaders, academics, entrepreneurs, and visionaries who all share a deep concern for the well-being of children. Together, they endeavor to raise awareness, advocate for children's rights, and contribute to the enhancement and growth of services to ensure that children experience a high quality of life.
The appointment of Archbishop Elpidophoros to the board marks a momentous milestone for Hope For Children. With his extensive involvement in religious leadership and unwavering dedication to social justice, the Archbishop is a valuable asset in advancing the organization's mission. His profound understanding of the challenges faced by children, along with his influential network, will greatly contribute to our collective efforts in protecting and improving the lives of children worldwide.
Hope For Children firmly believes in the power of collaboration and networking among diverse groups and individuals committed to child protection. The Senior Advisory Board serves as an arena for these influential leaders to unite, share expertise, and drive initiatives that have a positive impact on children's lives.
Joseph Borghese, Founder of Hope For Children, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "The appointment of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros to the Senior Advisory Board is a testament to his unwavering dedication to humanitarian causes. We are honored to welcome him to Hope For Children. As a member of our Senior Advisory Board, he will provide strategic direction to our organization, helping us devise new programs and initiatives in the United States while strengthening our existing ones. His influence and network will also play a crucial role in raising awareness about the challenges facing children and inspiring more people to support our cause."
As we continue to make progress, Hope For Children remains steadfast in its commitment to diligently work towards ensuring that every child is protected, nurtured, and empowered to reach their full potential.
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) of America, Most Honorable Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, is the eighth Archbishop of America elected since the establishment of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in 1922.
Archbishop Elpidophoros was born in 1967 in Bakirköy, Istanbul. He studied at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki — School of Pastoral and Social Theology, from which he graduated in 1991. In 1993, he finished his postgraduate studies at the Philosophical School of the University of Bonn, Germany. He was ordained a Deacon in 1994 at the Patriarchal Cathedral and was thereafter appointed as the Codecographer of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
In 1995, he was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod. From 1996-1997 he studied at the Theological School of St. John the Damascene in Balamand, Lebanon, where he improved his knowledge of the Arabic language. In 2001, he presented his doctoral dissertation at the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki earning him a Doctorate of Theology with highest distinction. In 2004, he was invited to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, where he taught as a visiting professor for one semester.
In March 2005, at the proposal of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, he was promoted by the Holy and Sacred Synod to the position of Chief Secretary and was ordained to the priesthood by the Ecumenical Patriarch in the Patriarchal Cathedral. In 2009, he submitted two dissertations to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki — School of Pastoral and Social Theology and was unanimously elected Assistant Professor of Symbolics, Inter-Orthodox Relations and the Ecumenical Movement. In 2018, he was elected full professor at the same university, a position he held until his election as Archbishop of America.
In March 2011, he was elected Metropolitan of Bursa, and in August of the same year was appointed Abbot of the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of the Holy Trinity on the island of Halki. He has served as the Orthodox Secretary of the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Lutheran World Federation and as a member of the Patriarchal delegations to the General Assemblies of the Conference of European Churches and the World Council of Churches. He was the Secretary of the Pan-Orthodox Synods in Sofia (1998), Istanbul (2005), Geneva (2006), and Istanbul (2008). He has been an active member of the World Council of Churches serving on its Central Committee and also serving on its Faith and Order Commission since 1996.
On May 11, 2019, he was elected Archbishop of America by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and was enthroned at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City on June 22 of the same year.