NAJIM, MICHEL, Archpriest, Dean, Arab-American theologian, Professor, patristics scholar, and translator. He obtained his M.Th. at the Aristotelian University (1976) in Thessaloniki, Greece, and his Ph.D. (1985) with excellence from the same institution. He was professor of patristics, history, and languages at the St. John’s School (1978-87) in Lebanon, while concurrently serving as dean (1980-87). Active in ecumenical affairs, he was a World Council of Churches Commissioner of Mission and Evangelism (1983-89), a member of the Ecumenical Committee for New Testament translation (1983-87), and an ecumenical dialogue representative of the Antiochian Orthodox Church (1980-87). After moving to the Unites States with his wife and family he taught patristics (1987-96) and participated in academic community life at the St. Athanasius School in Santa Barbara California, as the principal Orthodox theologian of this newly received group (with American evangelical roots in the Campus Crusade for Christ).
Active nationally in the Antiochian Archdiocese, he has served as a chairman of the department of liturgics and translation (1988-94), a senior professor at the Antiochian House (1992-2014) in Pennsylvania, a member of the planning committee for the 1994 Clergy Symposium, and adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, Azusa Pacific University graduate school at Claremont. He has translated about a great number of important theological works, and authored a number of books to make them available to a wider Orthodox readership.