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Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) of America has been appointed to the Concordia Leadership Council. 

Elpidophoros is the eighth Archbishop of America elected since the establishment of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in 1922. He was elected in May 2019 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 in June of the same year. From its national headquarters in New York, the archdiocese oversees 540 parishes across the U.S. staffed by about 800 priests. 

A native of Istanbul and a longtime theology professor in Greece, Elpidophoros has held numerous leadership roles in ecumenical relations, such as being a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches since 1996. At the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Lutheran World Federation, he was the secretary for the Orthodox.

“A leading philanthropist and one of the most respected faith leaders around the world, the Archbishop brings a unique perspective to Concordia,” commented Matthew Swift and Nicholas Logothetis, Concordia’s Co-Founders. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Archbishop demonstrated immense moral leadership and direction for millions of people, and we know he will share some vital insights.”

The full list of Concordia’s Leadership Council Members can be found here