Fr. Gregory Gilbert
Cellphone (Pastoral Emergencies Only): 240-676-6944
Fr. Gregory was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. After graduating from high school, he attended Davidson College in Davidson, NC, where he studied Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin) and met his future wife, Presvytera Catherine, who also studied Classics. After college, he taught Latin for three years at a private high school in Nashville, TN. It was during this time that Fr. Gregory, who was raised in the Southern Baptist church, began to look for a form of Christianity closer to what he had learned of the ancient Church in his studies. This search led him to the local Greek Orthodox parish and, eventually, to St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY, where he received his M.A. in Theology in 2004. After seminary Father and Presvytera moved to the Washington, D.C., area so that he could pursue graduate studies at The Catholic University of America. He received a second M.A. in Classics in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Greek and Latin in 2014. In his research, Fr. Gregory specializes in patristics, i.e. the writings of the Church Fathers. During his graduate studies at CUA, Fr. Gregory served as the Head Chanter at Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Frederick, MD. He has traveled a great deal in the Greek world, including two summers digging at an archeological site in Cyprus and a semester traveling to archeological sites throughout Greece. Most recently, Fr. Gregory and his family spent a year in Greece, where he had a fellowship for his doctoral research at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (at the Gennadios Library). While in Greece, Fr. Gregory also completed the coursework and examination for the Diploma of Byzantine Chant, issued by the Greek Ministry of Culture. After returning from Greece, Fr. Gregory spent two years as an adjunct lecturer in the Ancient Studies Department at UMBC. His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, ordained Fr. Gregory as a deacon on October 4, 2015, elevated him to the priesthood on October 25, 2015, and assigned him proistamenos of the parish of Sts. Mary Magdalene and Markella on November 15, 2015. Fr. Gregory is joined by Presvytera Catherine and their five children.