Rev. Fr. Milad Selim, Dean
Fr. Milad was born in Baghdad, Iraq. He lived there until the age of 10 and then moved to Jordan until the age of 13. In 1998, Fr. Milad along with his family moved to Michigan and there, he attended high school where he met Khouria Nichole, and graduated from Oakland University in Michigan with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to attending Holy Cross School of Theology, he worked for a telecommunications company as a project manager where he spearheaded the launching of the company in Australia. Fr. Milad and Khouria Nichole have two children, Natalie Marie and Noah James.
Fr. Milad was ordained into the Deaconate on September 20, 2009 and into the Holy Priesthood on September 26, 2010 by His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP of thrice blessed memory. Fr. Milad has been serving as the Dean of the Cathedral since October of 2010.
Archdeacon Seraphim Solof
Archdeacon Seraphim was born Jeffrey Robert Solof in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of the late Charles and Caryl Solof. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA in 1981; and his Master of Divinity Degree, magna cum laude, from Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY in 1985. On May 20, 1984, he married Marta Stupar, the daughter of the late Very Reverend and Mrs. Michael Stupar, of Pittsburgh, PA.
Archdeacon Seraphim was ordained to the Diaconate on December 6, 1984 by His Eminence, Archbishop JOB of Chicago (OCA) at St. Vladimir's Seminary. After graduation, from June, 1985 until January, 1990 he served as Deacon of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in Boston (OCA). From then until June, 1997 he served as Deacon of Saint George Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester, MA, on canonical loan from the OCA. At that time, and at his own request, he was released from the OCA to the Antiochian Archdiocese, and remains assigned to St. George's. Deacon Seraphim was elevated to the rank and dignity of Archdeacon at the hands of His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP, on December 14, 2008. He and Marta are the parents of two children: Elizabeth, and Joseph, as well as Maggie (the Airedale).
During the week, Archdeacon Seraphim works for the Bank of America as a Senior Vice President and Communications Executive. On Saturdays from May through October, he works as a sea kayaking guide with Essex River Basin Adventures.
Deacon Anthony Payne
Deacon Anthony Payne was born in Kidderminster, England, but spent his childhood and early married years in Southern Africa. He is married, to Ruth, the daughter of Australian missionaries to Africa. Since moving from Africa during the “bush war” they have lived extensively in Europe and Asia settling in the US in 1984, and becoming US citizens in 1996.
He obtained his B.Sc from the University of London, England, graduating with 1st class honors, and an M.Sc degree from the University of Essex, England, under a Commonwealth Scholarship.
Deacon Anthony was an elder in the Presbyterian Church for almost twenty years. He and Ruth were chrismated at St. Mary Church in Cambridge, MA in 1998, on the Feast of the Nativity. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate, on his name day, in January, 2004, by His Grace, Bishop Joseph of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, at St. Anthony’s Orthodox Church in San Diego. Father Deacon Anthony has completed the majority of the requirements of the St. Steven’s program and will be continuing his studies towards the Masters degree in Applied Theology from Balamand.
He and Ruth are the parents of two sons: Simon, and David, and live in North East Connecticut where they run a small Inn in their spare time!
During the week, Deacon Anthony is a financial consultant and is currently part time Chief Financial Officer for two organizations in the Worcester area. He is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Chartered Accountant.