Rev. Dr. George P. Bithos is the son of a Greek Orthodox priest and a native of Dallas, TX. He was educated at the University of Texas, and SMU. He graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry. He practiced dentistry for many years before retiring to pursue his formal education in theology. As a lay person, he served on many Archdiocesan, Diocesan and parish councils as well as on many civic and educational commissions.
He was bestowed the title of Archon Exarchos of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for his service to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. He embarked and completed his studies in Theology in England at the University of Durham, where he acquired his Doctorate reflecting two disciplines: Orthodox Theology and Byzantine History. He read his PhD under the renowned Orthodox scholar Fr. Andrew Louth. His doctoral dissertation is entitled Methodios I, Patriarch of Constantinople, Churchman, Politician and Confessor for the Faith and delves into the iconoclastic era of the Church in the 9th century.
While in England, he presented papers on various topics in York, Wales, Cambridge, and Oxford. His presentation at the Conference on Patristic Studies in Oxford, England, on the Image of Satan and Demons in the Life of St Marina (Scholia by St. Methodios 1) was published in the Studica Patristica.
During that time he was privileged to present a paper in Patmos, Greece, through the University of Athens. Deacon George is ordained to the Holy Diaconate in the Metropolis of Denver of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Upon his return to the States, he served as the Registrar at Hellenic College/Holy Cross where he also taught a course on the Icon, its history and theology. Additionally, he was a presenter for Internet School of Studies for the Department of Religious Education. More recently he was the Executive Director of the Texas Conference of Churches. He has published articles and reviews and is awaiting publication of a book based on his dissertation. Some of the church leaders and scholars he has shared the podium with include Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Fr. John Jillions, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Rev. Dr. Andrew Louth, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, Rev. Dr. Thomas Fitzgerald and Deborah Belonick.
Fr. Bithos has been married for 39 years to his wife, Presbytera Ria. They have two grown and married children, 4 beautiful grandchildren, and 1 new grandbaby due to bless their family in February 2009. George enjoys traveling, cooking, his herb garden and reading. He is an avid fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories in books and movies.
You may contact Dn. George to arrange for a presentation on topics related to the faith.