Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

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Archbishop of America, Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
Elected11 May 2019
Installed22 June 2019
OrdinationMarch 2005
ConsecrationMarch 2011
Personal details
Birth nameIoannis Lambriniadis
Born28 November 1967
Bakırköy, Istanbul, Turkey
DenominationGreek Orthodox
Alma materAristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Bonn

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America (Greek: Ελπιδοφόρος; born Ioannis Lambriniadis (Greek: Ιωάννης Λαμπρυνιάδης); November 28, 1967)[1] is a bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Since 22 June 2019, he is the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He became the first citizen of Turkey to hold the post.[2]


Ioannis Lambriniadis was born and raised in Istanbul′s Bakırköy district (Makrohori), Turkey.[2]

He studied at the Department of Pastoral Theology, Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, from which he graduated in 1991. In 1993, he finished his postgraduate studies at the Philosophical School of the University of Bonn, Germany.

In 1994, he was ordained deacon at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Istanbul and was appointed as the Codecographer of the Holy and Sacred Synod.

In 1995, he was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. In 1996–1997, he studied at the Theological School of St. John the Damascene in Balamand, Lebanon.

In March 2005, at the proposal of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, he was appointed to the position of Chief Secretary and was ordained to the priesthood by the Ecumenical Patriarch.

He was installed as the Metropolitan of Proussa on 20 March 2011.[3][4] In August of the same year, he was appointed Abbot of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity on the island of Chalki.

On 11 May 2019, he was elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as next Archbishop of America to succeed Archbishop Demetrios.[5][6] He was enthroned on 22 June 2019.[7][8]

Archbishop Elpidophoros had a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump as well as other White House officials on 16 July 2019.[9]


  1. ^ "Elpidophoros of Bursa - Hierarchy of the Throne - The Ecumenical Patriarchate". Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  2. ^ a b Istanbul native enthroned as archbishop of Greek Orthodox church in US, hurriyetdailynews, 24 June 2019
  3. ^ "Elpidophoros of Bursa - Hierarchy of the Throne - The Ecumenical Patriarchate".
  4. ^ Jacobse, Fr Johannes. "EP Fast Track? Homily of Met. Elpidophoros of Proussa at His Ordination".
  5. ^ "The First Interview of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America with TNH". The National Herald. 21 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Elpidophoros selected new archbishop of America". Kathimerini. 11 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Enthronement Address of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros - 2019 - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America".
  8. ^ Arrival and Enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 23 May 2019
  9. ^ Meeting of Archbishop Elpidophoros with President Trump. The Archdiocese of America, 17 July 2019.

Eastern Orthodox Church titles
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Archbishop of America
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