His Grace Bishop BASIL
Bishop BASIL leads our Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, and he visits our community each year around early November. You can read his full biography on our Archdiocesan website.
The Rev. Fr. Gregory Gibson
Fr. Gregory has served as the priest of the St. Silouan Orthodox Mission since his ordination to the priesthood at our cathedral in Wichita, Kansas, on January 19, 2008. At that time he was assigned as proestamenos of the Mission by Bishop BASIL. He also served as deacon at the mission beginning on November 14, 2004, when he was ordained at the St. Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston. Fr. Gregory received a Masters in Applied Orthodox Theology from Balamand University in 2007, and this degree was granted in part for his completion of a thesis entitled Knowledge of the World and of God: Insights from St. Maximus the Confessor.
He also currently serves as the endorsed chaplain of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Texas A&M University.
Fr. Gregory was first trained as a geophysicist, having received a Ph.D. in this area from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991. He also conducted research at the Universite Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France after graduating and returned to M.I.T. to work as a research scientist before beginning work as a professor of geophysics at Texas A&M University.