Mark Maymon

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Mark Alan Maymon (born June 22, 1958) is an archbishop of the Orthodox Church in America and the current Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania.

Formerly a diocesan bishop of the see of Toledo and the Midwest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, Maymon was received into the OCA after his release by Metropolitan Philip Saliba.

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Born in New Albany, Indiana, on June 22, 1958, and baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, he later became a Pentecostal Christian, attending an Assembly of God church in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and for a period of time before his conversion to the Orthodox Church taught Old Testament studies there. He later attended St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, where he earned a M. Div. degree.

While serving as a subdeacon at St. George Antiochian Cathedral, in Oakland, Pennsylvania, he worked in mental health. Later, he was ordained a deacon and priest by Bishop Antoun Khouri in the Antiochian Archdiocese to serve the parish of St. John the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He later served at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before he was elected bishop by the local synod of the Antiochian Archdiocese and consecrated in Damascus in December 5, 2004, by Ignatius IV of Antioch.

Maymon was enthroned at the cathedral of St. George in Toledo, Ohio, on August 25, 2005, by Metropolitan Philip Saliba. His see included Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin and oversaw around 50 parishes and missions.

In late October 2010, Maymon refused a reduction to an auxiliary bishop and transfer to the Diocese of Eagle River, Alaska, choosing instead to ask for canonical release to the Orthodox Church in America.The release was granted by Patriarch Ignatius IV and he was subsequently accepted into the OCA, becoming an auxiliary bishop to Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen). He was assigned the see of Baltimore and became administrator of the OCA's Diocese of the South for several months.

November 13, 2012, he was appointed administrator of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. On March 18, 2014, he was elected by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania.

He was elevated to the rank of Archbishop on Friday, March 20 2015, at the Holy Synod of Bishops in Syosset, NY.

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Preceded by
Michael (Shaheen)
Bishop of Toledo and the Midwest (Antiochian)
2004 – 2010
Succeeded by
Anthony (Michaels)