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 studies at Pembroke College, Oxford, under the aegis of the Most Rev. 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.
Dr. Veniamin joined the STS faculty in the fall of 1994, and on September 31, 2005, received the distinct honor of being elected its first ever full professor, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Seminary and his distinguished record of teaching, research, and publication.
Professor Veniamin has published numerous articles, ranging in subject from the Apocryphal writings of the New Testament to Euthanasia, and has edited and translated into English the first complete edition of the homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas, for which he also wrote the introduction and detailed notes. Forthcoming publications include a reworked version of his doctoral dissertation, an inquiry into the anthropological significance of Pentecost, and a study on St. Augustine, viewed within the context of the Orthodox Patristic Tradition.