Dr. Christopher Veniamin was born and raised in London, England, of Greek Cypriot parents. A love for the Church and a desire to learn more about the Orthodox faith came as a direct result of growing up in the spiritual climate of the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist (Tolleshunt Knights, Essex, England), founded by his spiritual father, Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov.
His formal training in theology began at the School of Theology in the University of Thessalonica (Greece). Following the successful completion of his studies in Thessalonica, he undertook doctoral research at Pembroke College, Oxford, under the aegis of the Most Revd Dr. Kallistos T. Ware, Metropolitan of Diokleia. His thesis, “The Transfiguration of Christ in Greek Patristic Literature: From Irenaeus of Lyons to Gregory Palamas,” was a diachronic study of the meaning of the Transfiguration in patristic theology.
Dr. Veniamin is also an accomplished cantor and holds the four-year Degree in Byzantine Music from the celebrated School of Greek Ecclesiastical Music in Thessalonica, and is a pupil of Eleftherios Georgiades, former Lampadarios of the Great Church of Christ.
Having joined the faculty of St. Tikhon’s Seminary in Pennsylvania in the fall of 1994, he received the distinct honour of being elected its first ever full professor on September 30, 2005, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Seminary and his distinguished record of teaching, research, and publication.
Books by Professor Veniamin
Professor Veniamin has produced numerous articles ranging in subject from the Apocryphal writings of the New Testament to Euthanasia, he is the publisher of the seminal works of Archimandrite Zacharias (The Enlargement of the Heart, The Hidden Man of the Heart, and Remember Thy First Love), and has edited and translated the first complete edition of the sermons of Gregory Palamas in English (Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies), for which he also wrote the introduction and scholia. The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation brings together some of Dr. Veniamin’s talks and articles, hitherto available in relatively little-known theological journals and periodicals, which pertain to the fundamental question of the purpose of human existence, to Salvation, as understood in the age-old and unbroken tradition of the Orthodox Christian Faith – the faith of the Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs and Saints of our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.