His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America

“His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He completed his basic schooling at the St. John of Damascus and al-Assiyeh schools in Damascus and then at Our Lady of Balamand Monastery in Koura, Lebanon. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Lebanese University in Beirut and then earned his Master of Theology (M.Th.) with special studies in music and languages from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Tikhon Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania in May, 2010…” 

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Father Justin

Fr Justin Havens
Priest/Pastor

Fr Justin Havens is the head priest and pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Church. He has lived in SLC, UT since 2004. Like many, he is a convert to the Orthodox Faith. He was raised in a protestant setting on Long Island, NY. During his spiritual journey and after researching many churches, faiths, philosophies, he discovered with great joy and relief the ancient, original Church, the Orthodox Church while at college in New Mexico. After Baptism, his career plan changed from becoming a physician, to becoming a priest, a spiritual physician. His wife Seraphima is also a convert to the Orthodox Faith and is his much better half and spiritual support. Together they joyfully raise 7 (soon to be 8) children, all born here in SLC. Fr Justin and his family couldn’t be happier in this beautiful city and parish where God has sent them to serve and labor in.

Fr Justin can be reached at frjustinh@sppoc.org.

Father Paul

Fr Paul Truebenbach
Priest/Assistant Pastor

Fr. Paul Truebenbach joined the parish of Sts. Peter and Paul in 2017. Previously, he had served as the Assistant Priest of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, OH and as the Presiding Priest of Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Cheyenne, WY. Fr. Paul joined the Orthodox Christian Faith in 1996 with the majority of his family after converting from Lutheranism. It was while attending the Jesuit Gonzaga University, however, that he truly fell in love with Orthodoxy after encountering the Church’s many modern Saints. In 2008, he married his wife, Lavinia, a Romanian studying in the United States. Together, they have three children. After taking a short sabbatical in order to continue pursing a Masters in Counseling, Fr. Paul was overjoyed to be called to service in Salt Lake City at Sts. Peter and Paul.

Fr. Paul can be reached at frpaul@sppoc.org

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