Fr. Joseph was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 24, 1983 to Elias and Jeanet Hazar, from Marja’youn Lebanon and Damascus, Syria, respectively. From the very young age of 3 years old, he felt a calling to serve the Lord as a priest. He was baptized at St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, the first parish founded by St Raphael of Brooklyn.
On Palm Sunday in 2004, Joseph was ordained a Subdeacon by Metropolitan PHILIP of blessed memory. In 2006, he received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Hellenic College (Brookline, MA) and his Master of Divinity in 2011 from St Tikhon Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, PA. After seminary, he spent a year furthering his studies at the Patriarchal seminary of the Balamand in north Lebanon.
Fr. Joseph served as youth director, intern, and pastoral assistant at the Basilica of St Mary (Livonia, MI), St Elijah Church (Oklahoma City), St George Church (Cicero, IL), and St George Church (Fishers, IN). He has also given numerous retreats and lectures throughout the country. He also served in various capacities at a number of Orthodox camps throughout the country, beginning with 3 summers at the Antiochian Village in Ligonier, PA.
In 2014, Joseph married his wife, Jennifer, and they have two daughters. On June 28, 2015, Joseph was ordained to the diaconate, and on June 9, 2016, he was ordained to the holy priesthood, both ordinations by the laying on of hands by His Grace, Bishop ANTHONY of Toledo and the Midwest.
In 2016, Fr. Joseph was assigned to be the pastor of St John Orthodox Church of Levittown, NY.
On August 1, 2018, Fr. Joseph was entrusted the care of the flock of St George Cathedral in Charleston by His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH, where he holds the title Dean of the Cathedral. Here, Fr. Joseph works closely with the parish family to do the will of God and work towards salvation, which is the only thing that is truly important in this world.
David Rayahin completed primary and secondary education in Chicago, IL while an active member of the Saint George community in Cicero, IL. Pursuing his curiosity towards Christian ministry, David completed his Baccalaureate in Religious Studies at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, graduating in May 2018.
Having shown willingness to serve the Church, His Grace, Bishop Anthony of Toledo, ordained David to the Subdiaconate on June 25, 2017 at Saint George in Cicero. With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph of North America, Subdeacon David continued his theological studies at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA, graduating in May 2021 with a Masters of Divinity degree.
In the field of Theology, David has expressed an interest in the topic of Ecclesiology, completing his Graduate Thesis on the Church in America, entitled, “The Orthodox Church Confronting the New World Order: Rejecting Ethnophyletistic Ecclesiology and embracing Harmony and Humility in the American Church,” under the mentorship of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey. Beyond his academic interests, David is passionate about the mystical-ascetic life of the Church, especially pertaining to incorporating the spiritual life into a 21st-century parish community.