Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa (Halki I)
His Eminence Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa was born in Istanbul (1967). He studied at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1991) and completed postgraduate studies at the University of Bonn (1993). He attended the Theological School of Balamand (1996-1997) and submitted his doctoral dissertation at the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2001). In 2005, he was elevated to Chief Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod and ordained to the priesthood. In 2009, he was unanimously elected Assistant Professor of Symbolics, Inter-Orthodox Relations and the Ecumenical Movement at the Theological School of Thessaloniki. In March 2011, he was elected Metropolitan and subsequently appointed Abbot of the Holy Trinity Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery on the island of Halki. He has participated in the theological dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Lutheran World Federation and Patriarchal delegations to the Conference of European Churches and the World Council of Churches, on whose Faith and Order Commission he serves since 1996.